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Te Araroa FKT Gear List (2.82kg/6.13lbs)

In January and February 2024, we (Maddie and Tom) set the self-supported FKT for Te Araroa hiking ~3030km in 54 days 14 hours. The guidelines distinguishing between supported, self-supported and unsupported FKTs can be found here.

Below is the list of gear we took with us. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on the page or reach out to us via social media!

Total weight in list: 8178g/288.47oz
Individual worn weight: 1307g/46.10oz
Individual base weight: 2782g/6.13bs

Sleeping

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
TentDurston X-Mid Pro 2DCF floor. Strong, durable and quick to set up.509/17.95
StakesDAC J-stake, RT90 Swiss Piranha4x DAC (10.7g each) for main tie outs and 4x Swiss Piranah (3.2g each). Stored in 3g Toaks stake bag.59/2.08
Sleeping matPlastazote LD15Carry one each at 68g. 5mm thick and cut to 96cmx92cm.136/4.80
Sleeping bagZpacks 0C Twin QuiltShort length (168cm).530/18.70
EarplugsNot much
Total1234/43.52

Clothes carried

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Synthetic jacketEnlightened Equiptment Torrid202g each. 2oz/yd² CLIMASHIELD APEX synthetic insulation, 7D fabric, fullzip.404/14.25
Fleece pantsZero G Gear Alpha Direct Pants90gsm, 95g each.190/6.70
BuffOR EchoOne each at 20g.40/1.41
Rain jacketInov8 Raceshell Pro FZ (Tom), GORE R7 Shakedry (Maddie)194/6.84
Rain pantsZpacks Vertice (Tom), Montbell Versalite (Maddie)170/6.00
PonchoEmergency ponchoOne each (45g). With cord added to cinch arm sleeves.90/3.17
GlovesPolartech Fleece Flip Top Mittens44g/pair. Excellent. Flip top mitten is versatile and warmer than gloves.88/3.10
Rain mittsOven BagsMedium, 10g each. Chord added to cinch around wrist.20/0.71
Spare underwearExOfficio BriefsOne spare pair each (27g).56/1.98
Spare socksInjinji Toe Liners34g/pair. x2 spare walking pairs each and x1 sleeping pair each.204/7.20
Spare insolesSpenco RX Comfort InsolesSpare insoles that are comfortable for road walking. 50g/pair.100/3.53
Head netSea to SummitOne each at 10g. Permethrin treated.20/0.71
Plastic shoe ponchosDIY jobChord to cinch at top, velcro to attach to shoes. 17g each.34/1.20
Total1610/56.79

Electronics

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
PhoneiPhone 13 MiniCarried one each at 152g with case.304/10.72
SOS/Satellite communicationinReach MiniFor safety, texting, weather forecast and FKT verification.100/3.53
Power bankNitecore NB10000Carried two at 150g each to reduce charging time in towns.300/10.58
HeadphonesAirpods ProEssential gear.50/1.76
iPhone cableShort length, 1x USB C, 1x USB A.8/0.28
USB C cableShort length, carried two.10/0.35
Micro USB cableShort length, USB A.5/0.18
Cable adaptersFor redundancy. Carried USB C → Garmin, iPhone → Garmin, iPhone → USB C, USB C → iPhone, USB C → micro.7/0.25
Head torchNitecore NU 25One each at 31g. Homemade UL strap.62/2.19
Backup head torchNitecore NU 25No strap.24/0.85
Wall plug20WCarried two (40g), each with two ports for faster charging in town.80/2.82
Spare headphonesGenericFor when we accidentally drop our Airpods in the river…10/0.35
Total960/33.86

First Aid & Repair

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Mini scissorsWith safety cap.5/0.18
Needle and threadAlso for popping blisters.2/0.07
DCF tapeZpacksFor patching gear.2/0.07
SuperglueFor big cuts and repairing stuff.2/0.07
CordZpacks 1.3mmFor repairs.3/0.11
Hiker woolFor blisters.1/0.04
Poron foamPPT. For deflecting pressure.5/0.18
Total20/0.71

General consumables

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
IbuprofenFor pain relief and inflammation.4/0.14
ParacetamolFor pain relief.4/0.14
AntihistiminesFor bites etc.3/0.11
Caffeine tablets200mg tablets.3/0.11
Lip balmCarmexMini. For lips/face.14/0.49
Water purificationAquatabs2/0.07
SunscreenFor legs.15/0.53
ZincKey Sun Zinke SticksFor face. SPF 50+.6/0.21
Toothpaste5ml tube.6/0.21
Hand sanitiserIn 15ml dropper bottle.15/0.53
Insect repellentPicaridinIn 5ml dropper bottle.6/0.21
Total78/2.75

Footcare items

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
LubricantGurney Goo30/1.06
MoisturiserRawleigh’s Salve30/1.06
Friction reduction tapeENGO patchesOur go to for blister prevention.10/0.35
Breathable tapeFixomull stretch3/0.11
Kinesiology tapeRock tapeFor blisters and injury management.3/0.11
Rigid tapeLeukotapeGood for distributing shear load over a broader surface area.5/0.18
Duct tapeMakeshift ENGO patches and for repairing gear.3/0.11
Adhesive felt5mm thickness. For deflecting pressure for blisters and changing foot strike pattern.10/0.35
Toe gelsSchollMultiple sizes.3/0.11
Splinter probesPuncture blisters. Individually sealed.1/0.04
Hydrocolloid plastersVarious (Compeed, Scholl, BandAid)Various sizes/shapes. For torn roof blisters.3/0.11
Tincture of BenzoinTape adherent. In 5ml dropper bottles.7/0.25
Joint dressingLivingstone – Small (3.8 x 7.6cm)For edge blisters/hotspots. Also for cuts on rest of body.3/0.11
Epsom saltFor foot soaks in the evening.30/1.06
Baby powderFor drying macerated feet.30/1.06
Total171/6.03

Miscellaneous

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
PackNashville Bridge 30L380g each. Extremely comfortable vest-style pack with lots of pockets. 2x chest straps.760/26.8
Pack linerNylofume3x at 28g each. One each for food, and one for clothes/sleeping bag.84/2.96
Water bottleWoolworths 1L4 x 1L plastic bottle with 28mm thread and pop top.132/4.66
Water filterPlatypus quickdrawReplaced every 1000km.63/2.22
Rehydration containerGatorade container.One to share.34/1.20
SpoonSea to Summit Tea SpoonOne each (6g).12/0.42
Sun umbrellaMontbell Travel UVOne each (130g). Used almost every day. Keeps you much cooler.260/9.17
Dry bags2x 8L DCF dry bag (25g) for sleeping bag and dry clothes.50/1.76
Stuff sacks4x 0.5L (2.5g) for misc items (poncho, buff, head net, gloves etc.)10/0.35
ToothbrushOne each (3g).6/0.21
Hair combFor Maddie.2/0.07
Massage ballPractice Golf BallOne each (4g). Used every day on feet muscles.8/0.28
ExfoliatorLightweight pumice stone. One each (4g). Used every day for foot maintenance. Replaced every 600km.8/0.28
BidetCuloclean11/0.39
CardsID/debit.6/0.21
Cash~$200 NZD. For trail angels, shuttles etc.5/0.18
Plastic shoe covers20g/pair and 50cm tall. For nightly foot soaks and dry feet for small river crossings.40/1.41
Total1491/52.59

Clothes worn (Tom)

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Long sleeve shirtRab Pulse1/4 Zip. Super breathable. SPF30.100/3.53
Running tightsNike Trail Lava LoopsLots of pockets but fabric isn’t breathable enough.180/6.35
UnderwearExOfficio Briefs28/0.99
ShoesHoka Speedgoat 52E (wide fit) for more space.560/19.75
SocksArma SkinLong style. Excellent for preventing blisters.40/1.41
GaitersTrail Gaiters AustraliaLightweight but not very durable.25/0.88
HatSunday Afternoons Sport HatGreat sun protection. Trimmed the brim so it doesn’t get caught in the wind as much.60/2.12
SunglassesJulbo Shield MCat 2-4 photochromic sunglasses.27/0.95
GPS watchGarmin 965With nylon strap. For FKT verification with good battery life and to navigate courses with topo maps.42/1.48
Trekking polesLeki Ultratrail FX One Superlite Poles 120cm. Uses their glove system.270/9.52
Total1332/46.98

Clothes worn (Maddie)

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Long sleeve shirtsRab Pulse1/4 Zip. Super breathable. SPF30.100/3.53
ShortsNike Trail Running ShortsLots of pockets.135/4.76
UnderwearExOfficio Briefs28/0.99
ShoesHoka Speedgoat 52E (wide fit) for more space.560/19.75
SocksArma SkinLong style. Excellent for preventing blisters.40/1.41
GaitersTrail Gaiters AustraliaLightweight but not very durable.25/0.88
HatSunday Afternoons Sports HatGreat sun protection. DIY modification to make brim smaller so it doesn’t get caught in the wind as much.60/2.12
SunglassesJulbo Shield MCat 2-4 photochromic sunglasses.27/0.95
GPS watchGarmin 955 SolarWith nylon strap. Good battery life and navigate courses with topo maps.42/1.48
Trekking polesLeki Ultratrail FX One Superlite Poles 115cm. Uses their glove system.265/9.35
Total1282/45.22

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