This is a comprehensive list of all of the clothing that I, Amy, take on backpacking trips, including the rationale for choosing each item.

I care a lot about keeping my pack weight as light as possible but I care even more about being comfortable. I first search for models that meet my comfort and function requirements, and then choose the lightest option. If I find an item that is perfect I monitor several websites and when there is a great sale price, I buy multiples for my reserves. I am very disappointed when a perfect item is no longer available.

The total weight of all clothing is 104.7 ounces (6.54 pounds, 2.97 kg). While hiking I always wear shoes, insoles, socks, shorts, shirt, and Tilley hat, so those 51.3 ounces are not included in my base pack weight. The remaining 53.4 ounces is heavier than what ultra-light hikers carry, but is substantially lighter than most novice backpacker’s loads. This selection of clothing has served me well for thousands of miles in a wide variety of 3-season conditions.

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Shoes: La Sportiva Ultra Raptor (not GTX model)25.2What matters to me: trail-running shoe; durable enough to last 600-800 miles; not waterproof; blister-free fit; tongue is fully attached to the body so dirt and seeds can't come through the gap; quick-drying.

My beloved model, the Montrail AT+, is no longer made, and I am now using the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor. It has the grippiest sole I have ever used and I love that aspect. I walked 630 miles Across Utah with no blisters or sore feet, and they held up very well for that distance. In a second pair I hiked a similar distance through the Italian Alps with no sign of wearing out.

On the downside, the fabric upper is a loose weave so fine silt comes through and accumulates between my toes. Loose weave is very popular in trail running shoes, and it is proving difficult to find durable, comfortable, non-waterproof shoes with a tight-weave upper.
La Sportiva
Insoles: Superfeet Green3.6Shoes are generally sold with a simple cheap foam insert which is not comfortable for long-mileage days. The Superfeet inserts have a heel cup and arch support that work for my feet. Superfeet Green is the go-to model amongst long-distance hikers. As far as I can tell one pair will last forever.Amazon,
Gaiters: Dirty Girl2.6I am happy with my colorful lycra Dirty Girl Gaiters. They are effectively held in place with velcro glued to the back of the shoe. Be sure to add the velcro to brand new shoes to ensure that the velcro sticks well.Dirty Girl Gaiters
Socks: Darn Tough 1/4 Sock Light Merino, 3 pairs1.7 * 3 = 5.1Darn Tough merino wool socks are hands-down the most comfortable and durable hiking socks, and they are guaranteed for life. Jim and I both wear 1/4 height, I wear "Light" and Jim wears "Light Cushion". Commonly worn by long-distance hikers, but not well known outside that community since they are not carried by most brick and mortar stores. I carry three pairs.Amazon,
Darn Tough
Warm weather hiking shirt: Patagonia Short Sleeve Island Hopper5.9I have been using this model for many years and it is perfect for my needs; I no longer look for other options. It is 60% cotton so it is not clammy like the synthetic shirts. The chest pockets are 6" x 12", with a vertical side opening; the configuration makes it so things don't fall out and it's possible to securely carry an iPhone, passports, airline tickets, sunglasses, etc. I shorten the hem 4-5" so that there's more airflow. I also stitch closed the horizontal opening on the chest pockets (makes sense if you look at the shirt).Patagonia
Wool Hoody: RAB Merino+ Hoody7.6About five years ago I switched from carrying a wool zip-turtleneck to a wool hoody. I love the hoody. In terms of warmth it has the same effect as a zip-turtleneck plus balaclava, but I don't have to worry about losing the hat. This may sound minor, but losing things is a big problem when on a long trip, and hats are prime candidates for getting misplaced.

What matters to me: snug fit in the body and sleeve as that is much warmer than a loose fit; sleeves long enough to extend beyond the wrist, preferably with a thumb loop; hood fits snugly around my face so wind doesn't reach my ears; the neck of the hood is long enough that I can turn my head or look at my toes and the hood isn't displaced; very deep zipper to provide good ventilation; fabric weight in the 160-200 range is ideal, up to 250 is OK.

It's tough to find a perfect model. For years I wore the 250 weight Smartwool Striped Hoody, and it was nearly perfect, but it's no longer made. In 2016 I tried on hoodies from Ridge, RAB, Smartwool, Ibex, and Icebreaker; the RAB Merino 160 Hoody was the best match for my needs. Sadly it's no longer made.
Windshirt: Montane Featherlite 7 Jacket2.2This is the lightest windshirt on the market. Many lightweight hikers carry the Patagonia Houdini Jacket, which weighs more, is less expensive when on sale, and has a hood and pocket. I prefer the minimalist Montane Featherlite because it is lighter and compact enough to stuff in a shorts pocket. The beauty of a windshirt is that it adds so much warmth at so little weight; with Houdini's feature creep the weight goes up and it defeats the purpose.

Sadly the model has changed and we are not familiar with the newer model.
Vest: Patagonia Nano-Air7.1This vest has hand pockets, which I like because I store my hat and gloves/mittens there. It is warm for its weight and I like the way the collar fits my neck. I wear my vest during the day when it is cold and rainy so I don't use down vests, which lose their insulation value when wet.Patagonia
Warm Evening Coat: Nunatak Skaha Down Sweater9.1This is a fantastic down sweater because it is baffled instead of sewn-through. Outrageously expensive. I bought it used and I take good care of it; I expect it to last my lifetime.Nunatak
Raincoat: Marmot Essence6.7I've been using this minimalist light weight raincoat for many years. The hood fits well and when fully cinched either over or under my Tilley hat it gives me great face protection. The girth at my waist is very wide so I can wear it outside my pack belt and it will drape loosely over the fully loaded belt pockets; this helps with ventilation and reduces condensation. I always buy raincoats in size men's XL even though I generally wear men's small because I want the sleeves to extend beyond my hands.

Sadly this model is no longer available.
Shorts: Arcteryx Palisade Shorts8.5I much prefer the comfort of shorts so I don't carry long pants. I add long johns if the weather is too cool for shorts. When it's cold I'll put on rainpants for additional warmth. I won't use shorts with velcro closures on the pockets. In addition to zippers on the cargo pockets, this model has zippers on the hand pockets and on the rear pocket, for a total of five secure pockets, all of which I use. The hand pockets have vertical openings, making it very easy to insert and remove a large-size iPhone. The fabric is light, quick-drying and durable. I buy them a full size too big so that in hot weather I can loosen the integrated belt, leaving a big gap so the air can flow freely. They are pricey, but I continue to buy this model because it is important to me live in shorts that meet my needs. Amazon,
Boxers: Ex Officio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh1.7I wear Ex Officio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh boxers. They are very light weight, dry almost instantly, and available in different lengths in both men's and women's models. Amazon,
Ex Officio
Long Johns: RAB Merino+ Pants5.6I consistently find that wool long johns are warmer than synthetic, so I wear wool. I wore Icebreaker brand for years because they fit me so well, however they are 100% wool and therefore not very durable. I'm now wearing RAB 160 long johns and I expect the wool/synthetic blend will be more durable. Sadly these are no longer available.
Rainpants: Outdoor Research Helium Pants5.3To the best of my knowledge these are the lightest nylon rainpants on the market today. I buy size XL so the fit around my hips is loose enough to easily reach inside to extract large items from my shorts pockets. I remove the elastic from the waistband and replace it with a simple light shock-cord drawstring; I have done this on all models over the decades to reduce both weight and bulk.Amazon,
Outdoor Research
Hat: Tilley LTM8 Airflo Mesh3.8After trying many models of lesser hats I finally got a Tilley. I have never looked back. What a hat! Store it flat and don't put it in the washing machine or the brim will warp.Amazon,
Warm hat: Smartwool 250 Cuffed Beanie1.8I have used this model for many years. It's long enough to pull down over my nose when sleeping. The fit is snug but not tight. The weight and warmth is just right. Our Love Bird Quilt does not have hoods, so I wear my wool hoody and this wool hat and I'm warm enough on frosty nights.Amazon,
Fingerless sun gloves: Outdoor Research ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves0.7There are several brands of minimalist fingerless sun gloves; these are just fine but I'm not sure they are any better than other brands. I combine these with mittens for a versatile combination of warmth and sun protection while retaining the ability to use my fingers.Amazon,
Outdoor Research,
Mittens: Outdoor Research Hot Pursuit Wrist Warmers1.2Combined with the fingerless sun gloves these provide modest insulation while giving me full use of my fingers at a very light weight. If the trip will include temps below freezing I carry the warmer OR Flurry Mitts instead. Sadly not currently listed at Outdoor Research site, but still available from Amazon.Amazon
Rain mitts: North Face Runners 3 Overmitts0.8These are lightweight waterproof overmitts. The North Face model is no longer made, so when mine wear out I'll switch to the popular Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitts.Mountain Laurel Designs