scott jurek appalachian trail

Scott Jurek Interview: Gear For A.T. Speed Record

Scott Jurek set a new supported speed record on the Appalachian trail July 12th after more than a month running straight. This is the gear that got him through.

scott jurek appalachian trail

Scott Jurek is obviously an exceptional athlete, propelling himself the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 8 hours, 8 minutes. Behind such a Herculean effort is months of planning, the support of a dedicated crew, and carefully selected gear.

We interviewed Jurek about the top gear he used on the trail. He is sponsored by some of these companies, and he has helped in the design of a few pieces here, but he’s put them through an ultimate test on the A.T. Jurek’s experience will help others in choosing good equipment for epic hikes of their own.

Appalachian Trail Shoes

Brooks PureGrit 4 & Cascadia 10

pure grit 4

Filter Water On The Go

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Sawyer Mini

Fuel On The Go

Clif Organic Energy Food

clif organic

Protecting Tendons

Pro-Tec Athletics compression

Pro Tech shin

Ultralight Jacket

Brooks LSD

brooks lsd

Lightweight Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Z-Poles

black diamond z poles

A Soft Spot To Sleep

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite


Crew Essential

Yeti Cooler Tundra 50

tundra 50

Massage Machine

NormaTec Recovery System

normatech recovery

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.