This is my complete Lightweight hiking Gear list. This gear list enables me to hike almost anywhere in the world in anything but the most extreme of weather. In the last 3 years I have hiked over 9000km and feel very comfortable about my gear. I carry all this gear with me as I cycle around the world. Fortunately the same gear for hiking also works well as my adventure cycling gear.

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My Lightweight hiking Gear list base weight is normally around 6kg (13lb), but in very cold weather that weight increases to around 9kg (20lb). My selection of gear does not put me in the ultralight range but my gear is both lightweight, strong and dual purpose. Not all the gear listed is carried with me on every hike, but it is a list of all the gear I carry with me as I Cycle and Hike the worlds most amazing places.

Lightweight Hiking Gear List

Shelter + Pack + Sleep System

Nemo Hornet 1 Person Tent850 Gram.
Osprey Packs Exos 48900 grams (minus the brain lid).
Nemo Nocturne 15F / -9C Down Sleeping Bag
= 1060 grams.
Nemo Astro Insulated Lite 20R755 Grams
Therm-a-Rest Stuff Sack Pillow77 Grams
Pack Liner/Garbage bag  – 60 Grams. 


I change up the hiking shoes that I wear depending on the conditions I am likely to face. If the weather is cold and or wet then the waterproof GoreTex boots are best. If the weather is more tropical then I like the non waterproof shoe.

Vasque Men’s Inhaler II Low Hiking Shoe with custom orthotics – 790 grams.
Vasque Inhaler II Gore-Tex Hiking Boot860 grams.
Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks 48 grams x 3


Patagonia Down Jacket 371 grams – It is now very worn out and I will replace it with either a Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket, or a Outdoor Research Filament Hooded Jacket all of which are lighter and warmer, a much better addition to my lightweight hiking gear list.

PrAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants430 grams.
Smartwool Base Layer Pants150 grams
Smartwool LS Shirt– 255 grams.
Reebok unpadded Cycle Shorts85 grams.
Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava60 grams
Patagonia Shorts – 119grams
Nike Short Sleeve Running Shirt – 150 grams
Gloves – 65 grams
PCT Sunhat 55 grams – A great lightweight sunhat
Sunglasses – 50 grams

Rain Gear

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket 180 Grams
Outdoor Research Helium Pants 153 Grams

Trekking Poles and Snow Gear

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles 413 grams (pair)
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe with Grip = 485 grams
Kahtoola MICROspikes
= 340 grams
Petzl – TIKKA Headlamp = 85 grams


Evernew Ti DX Stove Titanium 86 Grams.
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset with homemade aluminum foil lid 114 Grams.
Sea To Summit X-Mug78 grams
Titanium Spoon 12 Grams
Gerber STL 2.0 Knife 28 Grams
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System 85 Grams
Steripen rechargable140 grams
Katadyn Micropur Water Purifier Tabs 20 Grams.
2 x
Platypus Bottle 2-Litre 72 Grams
Nalgene Water Bottle 1 litre178 grams
Bic Lighter – 20 Grams –
A necessary item, obviously.
600ml Coke Bottle to store alcohol for stove – 27 grams

 Electronics and Camera

Apple iPhone 5S 16GB + headphones + cable + LifeProof Case 149 grams.
Canon PowerShot G16 + spare battery + case + spare memory card 473Grams. Very soon I hope to upgrade to the new Canon G1 X Mark II.
PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery
425 Gram. Soon I will upgrade to the much lighter and cheaper Power-Gem 10000mAh Ultra Light 155 grams (5.47 oz)
Anker 24W Dual USB Wall Charger
+ Cables 65 grams.

Other Gear

Plastic zip lock bags
Money / ID / Credit Cards
Blister pads
Strapping Tape
Giardia anti-biotic
Foot infection anti-biotic
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Safety Pin
Deet insect repellent
Lip Balm
Toilet tissue

Total = 375 Gram

Coming Soon – My complete Adventure Cycling Gear List

7 Responses

  1. Heather

    Great list! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been meaning to ask you how your feet are holding up. Hope you are doing well!

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Heather. The feet are getting better week by week. The plantar fasciitis is all but gone. In about 14 weeks I’ll be hiking the Appalachian Trail, it should be perfect by then.

  2. ANDY

    nice! have you heard of richard jones convertible backpacks?

    • BikeHikeSafari

      I looked at them, great idea. A great compromise for many hikers and cyclists but I couldn’t see myself hiking with them for 2000+ miles.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Ellen and Seth. I plan to buy a sailing vessel after I have finished hiking and cycling the world. I was actually looking at cruising forums when your comment came through. I’ll have fun looking at your journey on your site.

      • Ellen & Seth

        Wonderful! We love sailing (obviously… ) – both cruising and the sailing itself. Hope you enjoy our site and if you have any questions about boats, routes, preparations, etc. feel free to ask!

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