Patagonia Soul Gear Guide
What we used, why we used it, what we thought
This gear guide lists out the products used (or, in some cases, not used) for Greater Patagonia, and our brief thoughts on their functionality and desirability from the trail.
Yes, no, meh - brief thoughts on our gear
Deuter ACT Lite 65 + 10
My favorite pack of all time.
Black Diamond Trail Pro
Durable, only bent after I fell over it with a 90lb pack
Osprey Pack Cover
It fit, and it worked, until it ripped.
Hilleberg Atko 1P
Very pricey, but if you can afford it, worth it.
Hilleberg Atko Footprint
A necessary purchase for your Hilleberg tent.
Thermarest Pro Lite
Self-inflates and very durable
Nemo Moonwalk 30*
Not my favorite, very expensive
E-Vent Compression Sacks
Absolutely the best waterproof compression sacks I've ever encountered.
Alpacka Explorer 42
2-person, with Cargo Fly. All the adventure.
Aquabound Shred 4-piece
Portable and lightweight. Durable.
Kokatet Tropos Supernova
Expensive, but comfortable and able to handle glacial melt water.
MTI Quest PFD
Cheapest PFD I could find, it worked and was comfy enough.
Outdoor Research 20L Dry Sack
Great for holding the packraft and cargo bags.
Sealline 60L Dry Bag
Held all the gear we couldn't fit inside the packraft, very durable, very waterproof.
Nite Ize Reflective P-cord
Awesome, cheap, lightweight.
Hah. Don't buy this.
Sea to Summit Ultrasil Bag
Haha. Definitely don't buy for heavy use.
Not necessary for Chile & Argentina travel, but very durable.
MSR White Fuel Canister
Worked great for our purposes.
MSR 2-person pot set
Worked great for two hungry dudes.
MSR Scrub Brush
Necessary, cheap, lightweight.
MSR Aluminum Windshield
Great for all the hard wind in Patagonia
MSR Titanium Cup
Been on all my adventures. Still going strong. Love it.
Been on all my adventures, and yup! Still loving it.
Not necessary for Patagonia (mostly instant coffee), but a great product.
Great for holding cookware, easy to hang, not waterproof.
Great for holding food, but not waterproof.
Love it. Great for river crossings and camp hangouts.
Smartwool NTS Micro 150 TEE
Pretty good stuff, not great.
Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew
Awesome shirt. Totally wore every day.
Smartwool NTS Micro 150 Boxer Brief
If you're into underwear, this is great for hiking in.
Smartwool PHD Outdoor Ultralight Crew Socks
Not super durable, but very comfortable and thin.
North Face Rain Pants
Works great until you rip out the crotch
Jack Wolfskin Rain Jacket
Awesome jacket. Best I've ever had. Love it.
Pretty standard, comfy and warm.
North Face Elastic Shorts
Great for hiking. Highly recommend.
Works great, does hold in smells. Recommend the large version.
Not necessary, but boy do they make a statement.
Super versatile, highly recommended.
Pearl Izumi Gloves
Lots of gloves on the market, but these are good.
Sawyer 4L Gravity Filter
Works great until the filter clogs, then it doesn't work. Still prefer iodine.
Platypus 2L Bladders
Great for a couple of collapsible bottles.
Sawyer Squeeze Filter
If it didn't take so long to get my water I'd love it. Pretty handy, though.
Absolutely necessary for the filter cleanups.
Great little trail computer.
Zagg iPad Air Case
Perfect - hard and durable. Necessary.
Garmin GPS Map 64st
For backcountry there's nothing better. Long battery life and waterproof.
Delorme inReach SE
Absolutely necessary for backcountry travel.
Goal Zero Nomad 13 + Power Pack
Worked pretty well, the power pack holds five phone charges.
Seagate 1T External Harddrive
If you're doing media uploads, this is great because it has its own wireless network.
Great, cheap introduction camera for backcountry lightweight trail photography.
Worked great as a little mount, a bit wonky in the wind.
GoPro Hero 3
Nope. Not that cool.
Worked really well until the bags ripped. Check for more durable products.
Absolutely the ultimate trail companion.
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
Pretty good, pretty bright, decent battery. Rechargable.
Just a brain from another pack, but a good thing to bring for day adventures.
Nice little trail piece. Highly recommend.
Thermarest Camp Chair
Great for camp hangs and doing work in the tent.
Been working for me for years now. Love em.
Not at all necessary.
Great for social situations. Not necessary.
Depends on what you're getting into, I guess.
Absolutely. Do it do it do it.
Great for MSR repairs, tent repairs, and other unexpected things.