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Light, Lighter, Lightest
An Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

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The list below has some suggestions for some of the lightest ultralight backpacking gear available. But don't forget that another option for any given item is to not bring it. There are also things that you can make yourself or buy in any grocery store.

Note: This page is being updated as of 2011, but specific products come and go, so you may not find the items listed below for sale by the time you read this. They are meant in part as examples, so you have an idea of how light gear can be. Also, I give examples that vary in weight quite a bit because of their functional differences. For example, some backpackers might be content with a thin foam sleeping pad, but others may need more cushioning, so I also include an example of one of the lightest inflatable pads. For more information on the "big three" (backpack, shelter, sleeping bag), check the page Ultralight Backpacking Equipment.

BACKPACKING SHELTERS:
The Photon Elite Tent; 1 pound, 7 ounces
Black Diamond Winter Bivy Sack; 9 ounces
Integral Designs Sil Tarp 5x8; 7 ounces
Garbage bag/duct tape bivy; 4 ounce

BACKPACKS:
GoLite; several models under 3 pounds, some under 2 pounds.
REI Quick UL 45; 3,000 cubic inches, 41 ounces
Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet; 2,750 cubic inches, 6 ounces (not a misprint)

SLEEPING BAGS:
Western Mountaineering; Several models under three pounds, some under two pounds
The North Face Propel 40 degree polarguard; 16 ounces
Terra Nova Laser 300 37 degree; 12 ounces
Sea to Summit Silk Mummy Liner; 5 ounces (Nobody but me uses this as a sleeping bag.)

SLEEPING PADS:
Big Agnes Air Core Pad (48"x20"x2 1/2"); 16 ounces
REI Standard Blue Foam Pad; 4 ounces (cut to smaller size to cover hips to shoulders)

STOVES:
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove; 3 ounces
Bottom inch of a pop can (burn alcohol in it); 1/2 ounce

RAINWEAR:
GoLite Revelation Rain Jacket; 12 ounces
Frog Toggs; top or bottom 7 ounces
Garbage bag with hole cut in it; 2 ounces

LIGHT:
Gerber Headlamp; 1.7 ounces
Black Diamond Ion; 1.1 ounces

JACKETS:
GoLite Ether Wind Shirt; 3 ounces
GoLite Wisp Wind Shirt; 2.5 ounces

PACK COVERS:
Granite Gear Cloud; 3 ounces
Garbage bag; 2 ounces

GLOVES:
Black Diamond Windstopper; 3 ounces
Ex-Officio Buzz Off; 4 ounces

DOWN JACKETS:
Mountain Hardwear Phantom; 16 ounces GPS:
Suunto X9 GPS Watch-Altimeter-Compass-Barometer; 2.6 ounces

WATER FILTERS:
Katadyn Mini Filter; 8 ounces
Cheap water purification tablets; 1 ounce

FIRST AID KITS:
Adventure Medical Ultralight .5 Medical Kit; 3.5 ounces

HIKING SHOES:
Any good running shoes; 20 to 30 ounces/pr

WATER CONTAINERS:
This is an area that provides a good example of ultralight backpacking gear that doesn't have to be expensive. Any plastic pop container is virtually unbreakable, and at about one ounce is lighter than anything you can buy. Also,The bags from boxed wine will hold 6 quarts of water, are tough, and weigh about 2 ounces.



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