I believe most hikers are undernourished which leads to the little incidents of injury over time, these things that take people out of the hike.
When you take on the Appalachian Trail you are committing yourself to 4-6 months of consistent travel, you want to have a place to stop and call home.
Most people associate waterproof with "better" gear for when they hike and for many parts of your gear this is more than likely true except for shoes!
When you are looking for ultralight backpacking tents the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV Carbon 2 Tent has got to be at the top of your list!
The Altra Lone Peak 4 is one of the favorites of thru-hikers currently, it has a quality fit and can last a very long time on the trail when treated right.
Finding a perfect jacket that will help you log miles is something many thru-hikers have issues with. The Torrid Apex from Enlightened Equipment is perfect!
You want to size your backpack to the task. You will be looking to carry this backpack over 2000 miles and over time it will wear on you and your body.
A good R-Value can mean a big difference in a comfortable sleep system. You definitely want to ensure you properly are prepared for cold nights!
You are just getting yourself started when you look to a $100 tent, just beginning to explore your want to be in the outdoors and need a starter tent.
Blisters from hiking or walking long distances are preventable with the proper preventative measures and should be managed before they become hike killers!