This winter has been quite snowy so far which transfers out to a buggy late spring/ summer. The black flies can be so intense as to get you feeling sick. As Jimmy said, something to consider. They can swarm you so bad as to make DEET pointless, as you'll be breathing them. Without a head net it can be brutal. I've used a buff to at least keep them out of my ears. They really come in to play from Ma. north. On the same note, the trails being wet and boggy will make your socks a little critical. I've found the Darn Toughs to pill and become more likely to produce hot spots than the Smart Wools. They may last longer in the heels, but don't perform as well in the wet, at least for my wife and I. You've picked out some good stuff, looking forward to trail reports. thanks