Long distance hiking gear
First of all, you should go as lightweight as possible. To find out whats possible for you, it is a good idea to think about what you want to do.
Enjoy a trail an entire hiking season, doing 10 miles per day or less? Or find your limits in distance you can cover in one day?
Mr Matt Shafter did a lovely video
about why you should go ultralight.
From the experienced folks (triple crown +) I think, Wired’s lists
are the best to use as inspiration. Swami has also a lot about gear
on his webpages.
My setup is thought for doing some miles per day and therefore lightweight (SUL to be exact).
I wrote more about my thinking towards gear here
and I also wrote a piece about shoes
I send all my no longer used gear free of charge to people who may need it.