Backpacker

COMFORT SYSTEM

When I backpack, I don’t really care about having the lightest stuff. I want gear that keeps me comfortable from trail to camp. That usually means my pack is brimming, so , and fill it with camp luxuries, such as chair , the cloud-like  , and whatever (yes, paper) I’m reading at the moment. On the trail, I don’t compromise on my shell, opting for the fully-featured  . My fellow editors might make fun of me for this, but I carry enough underwear and socks—like the supersoft   and the   —for new pairs each day. When it’s time to bed down, I’m all about space: One of my tried-and-true strategies is using a three-person tent for two people, so this is where I splurge on something light, like the  . I’m a restless sleeper, so I put in some and climb in  , which isn’t constrictive. Last of all, I always carry a  —because there’s nothing less comfy than digging a cathole with your heel under pressure.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Backpacker

Backpacker2 min readFood & Wine
Winter Warmers
Leave Swiss Miss to the kids. This homemade classic satisfies more sophisticated palettes. Makes 6 servings 1 cup dry milk powder½ cup powdered sugar⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 tsp. cornstarch1 tsp. ancho chile powder¼ tsp. salt¼ tsp. ground cinn
Backpacker1 min read
Splitboards
Splitboarding gear is lighter and stronger than ever. After a few experimental years of snapped decks and rigid flex profiles, a handful of companies have managed to use carbon constructions to shave weight without sacrificing durability or downhill
Backpacker4 min read
Trapped in Quicksand
A FRESH LAYER of snow settled on my shoulders and hat. The contrast of white atop the rust sandstone and pines looked lovely—I tried to focus on that instead of the numbness in my trapped leg. Only a chilly wind broke the silence of the ravine. I lis