4th May, 2022 – I recently wrote about the gear I carried on the latest Nakasendō walk. You can find that here.

For a gear list related to bike packing, which I don’t do that much of at the moment, see here.

Current as of February 2022 and constantly being updated. None of these links are affiliate links.

Hiking gear
  • Salomon Speedcross 4 or X Ultra depending on the season.
  • Salomon Hydropack bladders.
  • Atlas Pack Athlete camera backpack which I use less and less because I am trying to minimize camera gear and carry less. So instead I often use a Mammoth Duncan 24 because it is light and has superb ventilation for the lower back. That’s without doubt the main thing I look for nowadays in a backpack for hiking in Japan.
  • Mont Bell gore-tex rain jacket
  • bear bell.
Camera gear
  • Panasonic LUMIX S5 + Sigma 35mm f2 / Panasonic 24-105 f4 / Panasonic 50mm f1.8
  • A small Rode mic that I rarely use.
  • Leica M6 + 35mm Zeiss Biogon f2
  • Peak Design clip
  • Joby Gorilla Pod / Gitzo Carbon Traveller tripod that I rarely use.
  • Salomon trail running gear – trail shoes, hiking trousers, and quick drying shirts. I trust Salomon, they make good stuff. Some merino base layers from
  • Mont Bell rain jacket – You can’t live and hike in Japan and not know about Mont Bell.
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