Gear Examples

So you need some suggestions on mountain gear? We got you covered.

Browse around this page and get some good ideas for the gear that will keep you warm and dry and comfortable in the wilderness without breaking the bank. Below you’ll see some “economical,” some “good,” and some “high-end” examples. As well as what Lee Martin and Brian Jobe are currently using for their gear setup.

SHELL JACKET

This can’t just be any old jacket. It needs to be completely waterproof. And if it’s also breathable that is a BIG plus. 

This jacket must have a good hood also. Get something you’ll wear on rainy days at home too. Justifies the investment a little.

Economical

$40.00

Good Quality

$90.00

High-End

$450.00

Lee

Outdoor Research Foray II 
GORE-TEX Jacket

Brian

Outdoor Research Foray II 
GORE-TEX Jacket

Sleeping Bag

A high quality sleeping bag is vital to the success of your trip. You are looking for a backpacking sleeping bag that is rated to 20 degrees or lower. Light & compressible!
Economical

Marmot Trestles 15
MM Borrow/Rent Bag

$100.00

Good Quality

$170.00

High-End

$370.00

Lee

UGQ Bandit Quilt 10

Brian

UGQ Bandid Quilt 10

Backpack

You’re looking for a modern style, internal frame backpack w/ a sturdy & comfortable hip belt. The lighter the better. Must be in the 60L – 80L range on capacity.
Economical

Kelty Coyote 65L
MM Borrow/Rent Pack

$130.00

Good Quality

North Face Terra 65L
MM Borrow/Rent Pack

$190.00

High-End

$340.00

Lee

Osprey Aether Pro 70

Brian

Mountain Hardwear AMG 75

Boots

Footwear is likely the most critical item on the list. And the most expensive for 1st time Mountain Men. Find something durable and comfortable that you can use for multiple trips or in everyday life. It’s worth the investment. We’ve listed lightweight boots here, but durable trail runners can also work, but be careful how much you sacrifice support and durability.

Economical

$110.00

Good Quality

$175.00

High-End

$300.00

Lee
La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX
Brian

La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX

Mid-Layer

Full zip fleece, puffy, or soft shell jacket. Can find anywhere.
High-End

Eddie Bauer First Ascent
Micro-Therm 2.0 Hoodie

$259.00

Lee
Arc’Teryx Proton FL
Brian

EB First Ascent EverTherm Down 2.0

Trekking Pants

Synthetic comfortable pants, no cotton.
Good Quality

$110.00

High-End

$235.00

Lee
EB First Ascent Guide Pro Convertible
Brian
Arc’teryx Ascent Psiphon SL

Trekking Poles

These are much more available today and pretty cheap.
High-End

Black Diamond Alpine
Carbon Trekking
Poles

$200.00

Lee
Black Diamond Alpine Ergo Cork Trekking Poles
Brian
Komperdell Titanal 3

Headlamp

Durable & water resistant. Can find most places now.
Good Quality

$50.00

High-End

$130.00

Lee

Nitecore NU25 360LM Headlamp

Brian

Petzl Tikka XP II

Daypack

A daypack is very nice to have on summit day. If you have the room and can spare the weight it is a handy addition.
Economical

$30.00

High-End

$180.00

Lee

Osprey Duro 15

Brian

Osprey Talon 22

Sleeping Pad

Worth the investment. Air mattresses are most comfortable. Foam pads are cheapest. This is a highly recommended item.
Economical

$30.00

Good Quality

$70.00

High-End

$200.00

Lee

Big Agnes Zoom UL

Brian

Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Deluxe

Base Layer

Any comfortable, synthetic, non-cotton athletic shirt will work. Dry-fit style. You already have or can find anywhere.

Synthetic Underwear

You probably have these. Tighter style boxer briefs are best.

Synthetic Socks

Wool or synthetic or blend. Non-cotton. Can be found most places.

Water Bottle

You surely have plenty. 32oz. is a good size. Can be a $14 Nalgene bottle or a disposable gatorade bottle you buy on the trip out. Both will work.

Stocking Cap

Warm. You’ve got one. If not, shame on you!

Whistle

Any kind of loud whistle.

Knife

Any kind of loud whistle.

Waterproof Pants

VERY handy on wet trips. Don’t have to be breathable.

Camp Pillow

Just try to keep it light and packable if possible.

Long Underwear

Just try to keep it light and packable if possible.

Finding items on the CHEAP

If you are on an extremely tight budget, ask around. There are often items that can be borrowed from other Mountain Men.

Amazon.com is a great resource for items on the cheap. If you aren’t sure if something will work PLEASE check with your team leaders first.

Walmart has a bunch of the items on this list. Check there if you are saving $$.

Academy is a fantastic resource with almost everything on this list in some capacity. Nothing high-end, but very functional.

eBay was my gear supplier of choice for many, many years. “Lightly used” is a great way to get high-end gear for cheap.

GearTrade.com is also a great place to find used high quality gear.

Ross & TJ Maxx sometimes have great deals. Mid & Base layers, socks, underwear, etc. Descent stuff for cheap.

Sierratradingpost.com is a favorite of MM. LOTS of great deals on quality, name brand gear. Sign up for their Deal-Flyer and get good discounts.

Best Outdoor Retailers

Dick’s carries a lot of great items from this list. Especially clothing items like base and mid-layers.

Bass Pro Shop online and your local store actually has a very good selection of almost everything on this list. Including some high-end offerings.

Sun & Ski Sports has a lot of good and high end items to choose from. Specialty store pricing though.

GearHead Outfitters located at Utica Square shopping center in Tulsa has probably the best local selection of mountain gear, and a helpful staff.

REI.com is also a go-to for Brian and I. They have ALL the highest end gear and their REI brand products are top-notch too. If you are traveling, hit one of their retail stores. Find great stuff on clearance racks.

Other Great Online Stores