Te Araroa Gear List
Of course we researched thorougly before buying the equipment we needed for our little adventure.
On previous trips and tramps we had mostly borrowed things from family and friends, so we decided it was finally time to buy our own equipment. That meant we had to get all the expensive things like tent, backpack and sleeping bag. But that also meant, we had the choice to buy them perfectly suited for what we have planned, instead of having to use equipment that might not be up to the task.
The first item we bought was our new Tent, the MSR Hubba Hubba NX. From there on, it just rolled. Every few weeks the mail would bring boxes containing some more items for our hike, and everytime we received a box we got even more excited.
Then we tried and tested everything we had on three test hikes on the Neckarsteig, Soonwaldsteig and Albsteig.
When we are done with the Te Araroa, we'll start reviewing the items and our gearlist, to show what we liked and what not, what we took that we didn't need or what we didn't take, but would have liked to have along the way.
|Item||Tim's Pack||Weight (in grams)||Sonja's Pack||Weight (in grams)|
|Backpack||ÜLA Circuit||1300||Gregory Octal 55||1100|
|Raincover||Gregory Octal Packcover||90|
|Pack Liner||Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil 70L||104|
|Sleeping Bag||Cumulus LiteLine 400 L Hydrophobic||768||Cumulus LiteLine 400 S Hydrophobic||719|
|Sleeping Pad||NeoAir X-lite Regular||366||NeoAir X-lite Wmns Regular||349|
|Pillow||Fillo Elite Ultralight||80|
|Tent||MSR Hubba Hubba||1648|
|Pot||Evernew Titanium 1.3L||153|
|Sporks||2 x Light my Fire Spork||22|
|Underwear||Icebreaker Boxer||70||Icebreaker Siren, |
Mons Royal Everyday Brief
|Socks (Walking)||Axant Merino||49|| |
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Ultralight
|Socks (Sleeping)||Smartwool HikeLight Crew||80|
|Shirt Short||Tierra||174||Icebreaker TechLite Scoop||86|
|Shirt Long||Forclaz Merino Techwool 190||194||Forclaz Merino Techwool 190||102|
|164||Crane Sports Shorts||74|
|Long Johns||Forclaz Merinotights Techwool 190||175||Forclaz Merinotights Techwool 190||159|
|Rainshell||Outdoor Research Helium||182||Marmot Essence||156|
|Fleece||Mountain Equipment Solar Eclipse||176|| |
Northface Glacier 100 1/4
|Downjacket||Patagonia Micropuff||279||Forclaz Trek 500||240|
|Buff||Buff Merino Wool Uni||35||Mons Royal||48|
|Gloves||Quechua Trek 500||57||Quechua Trek 500||47|
|Hat||Craft||34||Kalenji Run Night||30|
|Camp Shoes||Vivobarefoot Ultra III||460||Vivobarefoot Ultra III||300|
|Needle & Thread||Hotel Sewing Kit||12|
|Sleeping Pad Repair||Therm-A-Rest Repair Patches||6|
|Cord||Dyneema Cord 3mm||12|
|Trekking Pole Tips||Black Diamond|
|First Aid Kit||Ibuprofen, Vomex, Immodium, Antibiotic, Bandages, Desinfectant, BandAids, Leukoplast Tape||388|
|Teeth||2x Toothbrush, Toothpase||130|
|Female Hygiene||Liners, Tampons, Menstrual Cup||83|
|Hand Sanitizer||Hand Sanitizer||153|
|Insect Repellent||Off! Tester||48|
|Shampoo||Fibertec TravelSoap Eco||200|
|Pee Rag||MYOG Cotton||15|
|Tablet||Kindle Fire HD10||502|
|Camera||Fuji XT3 (incl. Lens 10-24 4.0)||988|
|Camera Cover||Fabric Wrap||52|
|Lens||Fuji XC 50-230||428|
|Lens||Fuji XF 35 2.0||164|
|Lens Case||Fabric Lensbag||22|
|Battery||2 x Fuji Battery||98|
|Camera Clip||PeakDesign Capture Clip||110|
|Cardreader||UGREEN Micro USB||31|
|Phone||iPhone 7||158||Honor 8 (incl. cover)||173|
|eBook Reader||Kindle Paperwhite||204|
|SafetyBeacon||kti gps PLB||141|
|Flashlight||Nitecore NU25||51||petzl elite||26|
|Seating Pad||Thermarest Z-Seat||57||Noname||30|
|Sunglasses||incl. case||incl. case & cleaning cloth||96|
|Drybag Clothes||Sea to Summit Ultra-SIL Nano 4L||Sea to Summit Ultra-SIL Nano 4L|
|Drybag Sleeping Bag||Sea to Summit Ultra SIL Nano||Sea to Summit Ultra SIL Nano 8L|
|Drybag Tech||Osprey Ultralight 6L|
|Packsack Misc||Osprey Ultralight 12L||Quechua Rucksack Ultrakompakt 10L|
We actually didn't change much throughout our hike, we were really happy with pretty much everything we'd taken with us.
Light my Fire Spork
Those didn't serve us very well - the first one broke within the first two weeks of our hike and we replaced both sporks with with the "Sea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spoon", since we weren't really happy with the really short standard sporks. And we never really needed a fork anyways, spoon and our pocket knife were usually enough.
Other than that we lost our Opinel pocket knife somewhere along the way and replaced it with pretty much exactly the same one.
The things we'd preferable left behind were most of our warmer clothes, but those of course we needed for safety reasons.
When deciding what to buy and what we need, we found a lot of really great blogs with great, thorough gear lists that helped us immensely. We stuck mostly to german blogs, as those was the gear we expected to be able to buy around here, too.
The ones we mostly used to compile our final gear are the ones listed below:
teararoanobo (Not just a list but rather a list of tips on how to plan your gear)
zuhauseimwald (German only)
explore-360-degrees (German only)