Hi, I'm a 21 year old female who is an avid outdoor enthusiast. As you can guess I am constantly using gear which requires a lot of trial and error to see what works for me and which items I can trust. I recently just completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and plan to continue new outdoor pursuits such as climbing, biking, trail running, and water sports. You can find me living in Ohio at the moment.
Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry Hiking Shoes - Women's
These saved my feet from getting eaten alive by rocks.
This was the final pair of shoes that I used on my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and I wore them for 600 miles straight. I would like to note that I hiked through the white mountains in them, arguably the hardest part of the AT and I felt like they saved my feet from getting destroyed by the giant rocks unlike my other shoes I could feel every rock I stepped on in. I was hesitant to use such a large and bulky shoe compared to my narrow trail runners but I was SO HAPPY I made the switch and I was in love with these by the end. My only complaint is that I feel like they caused me to slip quite a bit on wet wood. If I do another long distance hike, I am definitely starting in this pair of shoes. I am still wearing them for my day hikes and my next one night trip!
Thermarest Z Lite Sol Mattress
Best Foam Cell Sleeping Pad
This was the first sleeping pad I ever bought that wasn't from a yard sale. I used it on all of my backpacking and camping trips until I did a long distance hike. It insulted me from the cold ground well and it was super easy to throw into my tent and fall asleep on top. There was plenty of extra room for my 5 foot 3 inch tall body. I wish I could have used it for my long distance hike due to its reliability and ease of use but I knew I would need more cushioning for five months of sleeping on the ground straight. That being said, I am going on my first backpacking trip post thru hike and I'm so excited to use this for a one-nighter!