Summer Backpacking Clothes – What I Wear for Warm Trips


Time for summer backpacking season! From shoes to shirt to hat (and more) I chat about all the clothes I wear (and bring with me) on summer backpacking trips.

GEAR MENTIONED IN VIDEO
– SHOES – Altra Lone Peak 4.5 (these are the latest version of my shoes):
– SOCKS – Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion:
– GAITERS – Outdoor Research Sparkplug:
– PANTS – Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible (these are the closest I could find to my pants):
– UNDERWEAR – REI Co-Op Boxers:
– SHIRT – Columbia Silver Ridge Lite:
– RAIN JACKET – Outdoor Research Helium II:
– INSULATED JACKET – Enlightened Equipment Torrid:

GEAR I USE AND RECOMMEND
– Garmin InReach Mini satellite messenger:
– Helinox Chair Zero:
– Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape tent/poncho:
– Outdoor Research Helium II rain jacket:
– Exped AirMat HL sleeping pad:
– Nitecore NU25 headlamp:
– Columbia Silver Ridge Lite hiking shirt:
– Opsak odor proof food bag:
– Leatherman Squirt PS4 multitool:
– Deuce of Spades trowel:
– Suunto A-10 compass:
– Therm-a-Rest Compressible pillow:
– Sawyer Squeeze water filter:
– CNOC Outdoors Vecto water container:
– Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net (w/ Insect Shield):
– Anker Powercore II external battery:
– Saramonic SmartMic microphone:
– BOYA BY-M1 lavalier microphone:

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Welcome to my random musings on all things backpacking. If you haven’t already guessed, my name is Dan. I was bit by the backpacking bug in 2014 and since then haven’t gone one day without thinking about my next adventure. I’m from Chicago, a great city but…not so much known for its bountiful backpacking opportunities. Nevertheless, I haven’t let that stop me from enjoying the outdoors. Hope my videos leave you with one or two takeaways, or even better, inspire you to head out on the trail. Thanks for watching! Have fun out there!
– Dan



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18 comments

  • I absolutely agree with strange sizing with Columbia clothing. In fact I warn everyone to buy locally, try on before buying as sizing is the strangest of any clothing I have ever had. Arm length is either too long or short for torso design size (depending on clothing type). Light weight button up shirts run large for sure and I find the arm to be longer than other brand and I have longer'ish arm too. Columbia fleece long sleeves? Short arms! Soni exchanged to one size larger as they do not have tall size… Well guess what? Same sizing as before buy body section is just wider. Horrible.

    I absolutely do not recommend buying any Columbia clothing before trying them on in person.

  • I also always wear pants when hiking and also treat them. Ticks are bad!

  • So UPF 40 blocks 97.5% of UV. That means UPF 50 blocks 98% of UV.

    I hope they are only up-charging .5% of the shirt price for that YUUUGE increase in performance.

  • for summer, I am guessing what soccer players wear is the best option..

  • You earned my like for explaining UPF for me. Thumbs up

  • I’ve had lime disease and it is not fun so yes always wear pants

  • Columbia always has a terribly oversized fit. Always! Which is why I choose other brands

  • One size down im large in size sir what size really fits me is the medium is ok for this shirt thank you sir

  • im guessing not sir hahahaha. free-ball it for life bro

  • In a sunny environment I've learned wearing very light gray to white long sleeved shirts are much much cooler as well as a wide brimmed hat.

  • Dan, glad to see someone else likes to wear long pants and shirt year round. I'm terrified of tics too and there are plenty of them here in So Cal.

  • Great info, need to invest in some trail clothes myself, last backpacking trip i wore blue jeans. That got wet with continued drizzle, made for an uncomfortable trip.

  • Wise choices bro. 👍

  • Thank for all your guidance! May I drop my thank you video link here ? I'm making a YouTube channel and my "niche" is to thank YouTubers for there amazing videos and efforts in guiding others through the things that they do. Sharing knowledge is such a gracious thing to do and I want to tank every YouTuber that has hits a topic I was looking into.
    https://youtu.be/uTNgs-Zme_s

  • Good information. I too wear a long sleeved shirt, either the same one you use or the Under Armour equivalent, their Tide Chaser model. They both have the antibacterial treatment added to the cloth. I also like a zip off trouser for the same reason, i.e. tick prevention. I like Kuhl's Renegade model. They do require a belt to hold them up. I normally wear a Cabelas nylon belt with a plastic locking buckle. You can't beat Darn Tough socks; I have several pairs like yours as well as one of their lightly padded versions that I prefer for summer months. I have narrow feet so the Altras are not for me. I use either the La Sportiva Bushido, the Merrell MQM (not the GTX model) and am experimenting with the Topo MTN Racer. Topo has expanded their line of shoes quite a bit this year. They have a good looking mid style lightweight boot they are introducing this year in a WP and non-WP version. I'm keeping my eye on those as they might be my best solution for a right ankle that has never been my best physical attribute. I like low drop shoes 6mm or less. Rain gear; I have Columbia's lightweight Outdry jacket from two seasons ago and the Arcteryx Zeta SL rain pants. For the summer and warmer times of the year I think a rain kilt is the best lower half solution. I enjoy your channel. Keep up the good work.

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