Lightweight Hiking Gear List

Lightweight Hiking Gear List

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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 almost 13000km (8075miles) 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 can increase to around 9kg (20lb), specially if I am carrying snowshoes and winter clothing. 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.

Note:- Most of these items have been very well used by me and I’m in the process of updating my gear. Check back in a couple of months to see what has changed.

Lightweight Hiking Gear List

Shelter + Pack + Sleep System

Nemo Hornet 2 Person Tent–  910 gram.
Osprey Packs Exos 48– 900 grams (minus the brain lid).
Nemo Nocturne 15F / -9C Down Sleeping Bag
= 1060 grams.

Thermarest Neo Air – 350 Grams
Nemo Elite Pillow– 78 Grams
Sea to Summit Stuff Sack – 78 grams
Pack Liner/Garbage bag  – 60 Grams. 

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Vasque Breeze III GTX Shoes with custom orthotics – 982 grams.
Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks 48 grams x 3


Outdoor Research Filament Hooded Jacket – 281 grams.
PrAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants – 430 grams.

Smartwool Base Layer Pants – 150 grams
Smartwool LS Shirt– 255 grams.
Reebok unpadded Cycle Shorts – 85 grams.
Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava – 60 grams
No name running shorts – 100grams
Nike Short Sleeve Running Shirt – 150 grams
Gloves – 65 grams
PCT Sunhat 55 grams – A great lightweight sunhat
Sunglasses – 50 grams


Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket – 180 Grams
Outdoor Research Helium Pants – 153 Grams
Six Moon Design Hiking Umbrella – 227 grams

Winter Gear and Trekking Poles

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

Cooking and Water Treatment

Evernew Ti DX Stove Titanium 86 Grams.
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset with homemade aluminum foil lid 114 Grams.
Sea To Summit X-Mug – 78 grams
Titanium Spoon 12 Grams
Gerber STL 2.0 Knife 28 Grams
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System 85 Grams
Steripen rechargable– 140 grams
Katadyn Micropur Water Purifier Tabs 20 Grams.
2 x Platypus Bottle 2-Litre 72 Grams
Nalgene Water Bottle 1 litre – 178 grams
Bic Lighter – 20 Grams – A necessary item, obviously.
600ml Coke Bottle to store alcohol for stove – 27 grams

Cameras and Electronics

Samsung S9 Plus+ headphones + cable 114 grams.
Sony RX100 + spare battery + case + spare memory card – 299Grams.
GoPro Hero 8 – 117 grams.
Anker 20000mAh battery pack – 354 grams.
Anker 24W Dual USB Wall Charger
+ Cables 65 grams.

First Aid and Misc

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

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What is your base-weight when you go hiking?
Leave me a message in the comments section below.

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  1. Hi Brad,
    Seems we’re on similar paths, though you’re way ahead 😉 or I’m a little more free-form …
    Enjoying some of the insight and intel.

    Wondering if I should return the favor and blog so others can learn from these humble experiences as well. So far it simply seemed too time consuming. Uploading daily gps-tracks and selecting/sharing from several hundred daily photos with families and friends usually take all the remaining time in the evenings and often more, resulting in many a shorter-than-healthy night and time spent the next day in some WiFi hotspot and/or recharge place. Time not spent on having more great moments out, biking/hiking/meeting.

    I similarly saved up enough to continue this cheapskate lifestyle indefinitely, so far didn’t want to spend time on generating travel income with blogging, reviews, etc.

    That said, it might be a motivation: could you indicate (or if its private send me a PM) how much income you generate from ads, from affiliate links, from free gear and other sponsoring, from donations, etc.

    I’ll let you know when it seems our paths might cross. Currently taking a break in California, starting to bike to Patagonia sometime this winter.


    1. Sorry for the slow response, I’ve been taking an extended break from Blogging and Social Media, time to recharge the batteries.Starting a blog is a personal thing and maybe question your motivation. For me it was easy. I wanted to give back and combine a story of my travels with information that would assist others who might want to do the same. Often I didn’t want to due to fatigue or wanting to chat with people late into the night rather than write. But I enjoy the creative process so it was an easy decision.
      Over the years the writing and photos turned the blog into something that made a small income. Ads, affiliate links and some free gear has not been enough to call an income. It is enough to offset the cost of running the blog but not enough to live off. There are many times it could have been better spending more time biking, hiking or socialising but no regrets from me. There is always the opportunity to take a break away from the blog as I have the last couple of months. Now my motivation and inspiration has returned and I’ll be doing more writing soon which might lead to more income to live off in the future. Might see you on the roads and trails one day. Take Care.

  2. On your hiking gear list, I noticed the pack weight comment indicates it is without the lid. Do you detach the lid/ prefer not to hike with it? Is this to reduce overall weight? Do you pack a pack cover? Thanks!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I detach the lid because I don’t really want to use it. Just a personal preference, the result is it saves weight. I have a pack cover but I rarely use it, only if I’m heading into some really rainy weather.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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