February 22, 2020

Mac posted his 7th annual survey — this year 846 Pacific Crest Trail hikers were interviewed.

The Altra Lone Peak was the most popular shoe on the PCT this year – used by nearly a third of PCT hikers. It’s a zero-drop shoe and, on average, hikers who completed the trail used 4.65 pairs – nearly $600 in shoes (at full retail price).

On the other hand, there were plenty of complaints about Lone Peaks.

Personally, I prefer sturdier Merrell Moabs.


  • Backpack: ULA Circuit
  • Shelter: MSR Hubba NX
  • Sleeping bag: Western Mountaineering Versalite
  • Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm
  • Insulated jacket: Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket
  • Shell: Arc’teryx Beta SL Hybrid Jacket
  • Stove: SOTO WindMaster
  • Water treatment: Sawyer Squeeze
  • Trekking poles: Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
  • Ice axe: Black Diamond Raven Pro
  • Traction device: Snowline Light Chainsen Crampon
  • Bear canister: Bearikade Weekender
  • Shoes: HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat


  • Backpack: Osprey Exos
  • Shelter: Zpacks Duplex
  • Sleeping bag: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20
  • Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite
  • Insulated jacket: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (Hooded)
  • Shell: Outdoor Research Helium II
  • Stove: MSR PocketRocket 2
  • Water treatment: Sawyer Squeeze
  • Trekking poles: Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork
  • Ice axe: C.A.M.P. USA Corsa
  • Traction device: Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System
  • Bear canister: BearVault BV500
  • Shoes: Altra Lone Peak

Read more:

The Pacific Crest Trail Gear Guide: Class of 2019 Survey

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