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Gear Recommendations

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HTMC Gear Talk 

June 4, 2016 

Highlights & Recommendations from the evening with HTMC and Auckland Tramping Club members


  1. Lowa (thru-trekker recommended)
  2. Vasque boots
  3. Hawaii shoe store – Uyeda 931 University Ave #105 Hono, HI 96826 808-941-1331 for micro spikes and hiking shoes & injinji socks
  4. Inov8 shoes – trail running shoe lightweight with amazing tread


Bridgedale (Kiwi recommended)


  1. Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters in Hawaii – protect from mud, dirt, rocks & keep shoes tied.
  2. 2. Swazi gaiters Kevlar impregnated stretch polyester  (Kiwi recommended)

Feet health 

Methylated Spirits known in the US as denatured alcohol, methyl hydrate or fondue fuel. (Kiwi recommended)

Hiking Clothing 

  1. Icebreaker – warm & quick drying (Kiwi recommended)
  2. Arc’teryx – Canadian company with high quality clothing (Kiwi Recommended)
  3. Lululemon – Anti-Stink Gear –  made with silver weave – warm when cold & quick drying


  1. Karen Liliker recommended Original G Pant – quick drying material, lightweight
  2. Kiwi’s tend to wear shorts and gaiters – better in climate & terrain weather


  1. Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero $60 REI (Karen Liliker recommended)
  2. Tilley Hat – Canadian company – guaranteed for life (Kiwi recommended)
  3. Sunday Afternoons – broad rim & protection from the sun – many styles & colors


1. Osprey – Everyone raved about the design that keeps you cool with pack off your back

2. Aarn – body pack system to balance weight in front & back (Kiwi Recommended)

Water Filter  

1. Sawyer squeeze water filter

2. Aquamira tablets/liquid


1. Showa atlas Fit Rubber Palm Knit Gloves – great for trail clearing and Hawaii hiking

2.  Silk glove liners – colder climates – keep your hands warm even if wet


Sierra stove (thru trekker recommended) — wood burning titanium backpacking stove – lightweight


Sea to Summit – silicone collapsable cups & bowls (Kiwi recommended)

Sleeping Bag 

Kelty DriDown – allows down to stay dry longer, loft better and dry faster

Sleeping pad 

Big Agnes – lightweight and compact though can be squeaky when moving


Sea to Summit


Hennessy with rain fly


1.MSR Hubba Hubbalightweight (recommended by Bob Tyson)

2. REI Half Dome – cheap and sturdy – not lightweight

3. Big Agnes

4. Terra Nova

5. Vaude

6. MacPac


  1. MaryJanes Organic Farm – dehydrated packaged foods
  2. Back Country Cuisine freeze Dri (Kiwi recommended esp. desserts)
  3. Down to Earth – split pea soup and some of the other dehydrated soups (Karen Liliker recommended)
  4. Book “Fast and Light” by Paul Garland  (Kiwi author recommended)
  5. Whittakers Chocolate (Kiwi recommended)