Hello and a good day to you!! My question is a simple one although I am unsure if the answer will be. I am a newcomer to the world of hiking and backpacking. I intend to embark on a journey, that one called the PCT. I have wanted to do this for years but like so many folks, I just worked too many hours. As this is no longer the situation, my dream journey will come to fruition. I have been compiling my gear and thanks to the good folks at the REI store near me, I have become quite familiar with what will be required. The last two big items I must purchase are my hiking boots and my backpack. Now, REI said that when I was ready, I should come in and try out various backpacks because everyone's physical frame is different. They have those weighted pillows they load the pack with and....Well, I know you are aware of REI protocol. You guys are the best, by the way. However, I am sure you see my situation already. How can I determine which backpack is best for my frame and my needs if I cannot go in the store now? The hiking boots present the same problem. Suggestions I am wide open to receive. Thank you in advance for your response. Blessings to all you good folks at REI!
@Lanzastar ah yes, the struggle is clear. And you're right - backpacks and hiking boots are two of the most important categories of gear we carry for getting the fit right. So, we'll provide a few things to get you started and ask for your patience as helping hone a fit may take a bit of back and forth:
Thanks so much for your patience as we try to help you make some gear choices through this platform!