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This is an Ultralight Backpacking Gear List that will enable anyone to cut their base weight down to a very lightweight 10lb / 4.5kg or less.

I have hiked almost 8000 miles / 13000km and feel very comfortable with ultralight backpacking gear. I complete most of my hiking and backpacking trips with a base weight of around 13 lb / 6kg, but in very cold weather that weight can increase to around 20lb / 9 kg, especially if I am carrying snowshoes and winter clothing. 

There is a certain joy that comes from carrying a lightweight backpacking setup. The ability to hike faster, have less stress on the body and have a reduced chance of injuries. If you are reading this maybe you want some ideas on what gear you might need to reduce your base weight and move into ultralight hiking. Keep reading to learn how to reduce your base weight well below 10lb / 4.5kg.


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Ultralight Hiking Gear List
Shelter, Trekking Poles, Backpack & Sleep System

With a total weight of 5 lb / 2.28 kg, the backpack, trekking poles, and sleep system are the heaviest items. But still very ultralight. And can be lighter if you only use one trekking pole to support the one-person tent.

Tents are getting lighter. There is no need to take a tent weighing 2lb / 1kg as there is so much good quality lightweight backpacking gear on the market. As for sleeping pads, they are getting very light and compact but as the grams drop, so will the durability and insulation. If going to places below freezing do not get the lightest option as insulation is more important. The level of insulation can be found in the r-value, the higher the r-value the better the insulation,

The same with backpacks. Whether you choose a sleeping bag or backpacking quilt, ensure they are also light in weight. Most people find a quilt works great at temperatures above freezing but below that, a sleeping bag is better.

Trekking poles are optional for most backpackers. If you need them for a trekking pole tent then they can be good to assist with hiking by taking a bit of weight off your feet when hiking. Carbon fiber is lighter than aluminum but will shatter when it breaks, whereas aluminum could be bent back into place and reused. At least until you get to the next town.

How does it compare to your ultralight backpacking gear list compare?

Backpack

Zpacks Arc Haul Ultra 50L

Zpacks Arc Haul Ultra 50L

Weight: 20.6 oz / 585 grams
One of the lightest backpacks on the market. It is comfortable, durable, and can carry loads up to 40 lb / 18 kg. This is the current backpack I use.
Other Options:
Lightweight: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider
Comfortable: Osprey Exos 48

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Tent

Zpacks Plex Solo

Zpacks Plex Solo

Weight: 13.9 oz / 395 g
The lightest ultralight tent on the market in 2022 and should be a part of your ultralight backpacking gear list. It is big enough for solo backpackers and durable enough to last a couple of thru-hikes while withstanding bad weather very well. It needs one trekking pole to set up. I currently use the Zpacks Triplex.
Other Options:
2P: Zpacks Duolight
3P: Zpacks Triplex

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Trekking Poles

Gossamer Gear LT5 Trekking Poles

Gossamer Gear LT5 Trekking Poles

Weight: 10 oz / 280 grams
These are the lightest high-quality trekking poles on the market in 2022. They are made from Carbon Fiber and perfect for the ultralight hiker. You will need one for the ultralight tent or two if you are using a two-person tent or bigger. As they are so light they are a little more prone to damage but rest assured that if you break a segment you can buy replacement segments, most other manufacturers do not offer this.
Other Options:
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork
MSR Dynalock Ascent Carbon

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Tent Stakes

MSR Carbon-Core Tent Stakes

MSR Carbon Tent Stakes

Weight: 0.2 oz / 5.5 grams (6-10 stakes needed)
The choice is between Carbon stakes, Titanium stakes, and Aluminum stakes. Generally, I prefer Aluminum stakes but Carbon is the lightest. And the MSR Carbon Core Tent Stake is the pick of the bunch.
Other Options:
Aluminum Stakes: MSR Mini Groundhog
Titanium Stakes: Zpacks Titanium Tent Stakes

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Sleeping Bag / Quilt

Sea to Summit Spark 18F

Sea to Summit Spark 3

Weight: 23.5 oz / 665 grams
I have a preference for a sleeping bag over a quilt, therefore, my choice is the Sea to Summit Spark as my current ultralight sleeping bag of choice. The sleeping bag is lightweight, uses high-quality hyper dry down, and has a water-resistant outer shell. There are lighter options but I like the extra room in this bag. And you could go even lighter by using a backpacking quilt.
Quilts:
Katabatic Sawatch
Enlightened Equipment Revelation

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Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest Uberlite

Therm-a-rest Uberlite

Weight: 8.8 oz / 250 grams
The lightest inflatable sleeping pad on the market in 2022. Ultralight thru-hikers will add this sleeping pad to their ultralight backpacking gear list. It is comfortable, but not as durable as some of the competition. Best suited for warmer weather only. I currently use this mattress and the Neo Air X-Lite and the Uberlite.
Other Options:
Sea to Summit Etherlite Insulated
Therm-a-Rest Neo Air X-Lite

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Pillow

Therm-A-Rest Air Head Lite Pillow

Thermarest Air Head Lite Pillow

Weight: 2 oz / 58 grams
For a long time, a pillow was a luxury when ultralight backpacking. But in 2022 pillows are not only lightweight but comfortable. And they also pack into a very small size. This is the pillow I currently use.
Other Options:
Nemo Filo Elite
Sea to Summit Aero Ultralight

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Cooking Gear

Some ultralight hikers like to cold soak meals and remove the need for stoves and pots. Only needing a spork and something to rehydrate their meals. I’ve tried this method and quickly realized it is not for me. Having said that, I would encourage everyone to try going ‘stoveless’ at least once to see how well it works for you.

The weight of the cooking setup below comes in at 6.1 oz / 171 grams or 10.6 oz / 299 grams if you add the optional mags and knife that I listed below.

You could consider a bear canister, or bear bag when hiking in bear country to ensure your food storage is not only legal but safe. Otherwise, a stuff sack should be enough. Lightweight stuff sacks can be made of Sil-nylon or Dyneema and both are good enough to store food.

Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe

Weight: 2.9 oz / 83 grams
There are lighter stoves on the market in 2022 but this offers the best balance between weight, durability, efficiency, and fuel economy. I currently use this stove.
Other Options:
SOTO WindMaster Stove

BSR 3000T

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Cookware

TOAKS Light Titanium 550ml Pot (Ultralight Version)

Toaks Light Titanium Pot Ultralight

Weight: 2.6 oz / 72 grams
One of the lightest titanium pots on the market in 2022. It is just big enough for solo backpackers and good enough for most people’s needs. Couples or groups will want something with more volume. I currently use the Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Pot Set and Skillet.
Other Options:
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cook Set Pot and Skillet

Snow Peak Titanium Single Wall Cup 600

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Spork

Snow Peak Titanium Spork

Snow Peak Titanium Sporks

Weight: 0.6 oz / 16 grams
Superlight in weight and strong enough to take more than enough abuse for many years of backpacking. I currently use an old Sea to Summit Spork that I’ve had for years and is no longer produced.
Other Options:
Light My Fire Plastic Original

Sea to Summit Alpha Long Spork

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Backcountry
REI
Amazon

Cup – Optional

Sea to Summit X-Mug

Sea to Summit X-Mug

Weight: 2.5 oz / 72 grams
Most ultralight hikers and lightweight backpackers don’t use a cup or mug. For the gram counter, the cooking pot will double as a cup, or maybe even the water bottle. I have used a mug for years as I seem to need a hot coffee in the morning. I currently use the Sea to Summit X-Mug.
Other Options:
Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall Cup 450

Review coming soon: Best Backpacking Cups and Mugs

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Knife – Optional

Gerber Mini Paraframe

Weight: 2 oz / 56 grams
Ultralight hikers may not use a knife, and many seem to find a pair of scissors more useful! I like a small light knife. I have used Multitools, Swiss Army Knives, and many other types over the years. Currently, I like the Gerber Mini Paraframe. I used to use the very small Gerber knife but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore and I lost it!

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Water Treatment

No need to overthink water bottles, water filters, and how to carry your water. Keep it simple with these two items. Maybe reuse a plastic water bottle too. Around 3.8 oz / 108 grams will be enough for most people. Maybe a little extra weight for backup water treatment like chemical tablets.

Water Filter

Sawyer Squeeze

Sawyer Squeeze

Weight: 2.5 oz / 71 grams
The ever-popular Sawyer Squeeze. I used this filter for 1000s of miles of hiking and backpacking. It has a good flow rate, filters the water quite well, and is lightweight. It doesn’t matter what hiking trail you are on, you are sure to find someone carrying one of these. I currently use the Lifestraw Flex Squeeze but prefer the updated Lifestraw Peak and Sawyer Squeeze.
Other Options:
Lifestraw Peak

Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets

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Water Storage / Water Bottle

Platypus Platy 2L Water Bladder

Platypus Platy 2L Water Bottle

Weight: 1.3 oz / 37 grams
When you need to carry water, a water bladder is much lighter and more efficient than almost any style of water bottle. And the best of these is the Platypus bladder. And the Sawyer Squeeze will screw only the bottle. I currently use the 2L Platypus Bladder.

Review coming soon: Best Backpacking Water Bottles and Water Storage

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Clothing

Most of these items on the list will be worn while hiking and backpacking so they are not normally added to the overall base weight. There is packed clothing and worn clothing. Packed clothing would usually consist of rain gear and insulation such as a down jacket. And also extras like spare socks and underwear.

Down Jacket

Feathered Friends Eos

Feathered Friends EOS Down Jacket

Weight: 300g / 10.6oz
There may be lighter down jackets on the market but all things considered, this lightweight backpacking down jacket offers good warmth to weight, strong outer fabric, and a high loft 900+ down.
Other Options:
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

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Base Layer Top

Smartwool Merino Classic 150 Top

Smartwool All Season 150 Base Layer Top

With 87% Merino Wool this base layer top offers good regulation of body temperature. It also offers odor-absorbing qualities to reduce your offensive smells to other people. There is also a heavier-weight option if you want something a little warmer.
Other Options:
Patagonia Men’s Capilene Air Crew
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer

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Base Layer Bottom

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Bottoms

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Bottoms

100% Merino base layer with flatlock seams to ensure chafing is reduced. You can hike in these all day if you want. In fact, when it is cold you could use a pair of shorts over the top and not take any hiking pants with you. Due to the delicate nature of the fabric, this is only a good idea on marked trails with no sharp branches to rip the fabric.
Other Options:
Patagonia Capilene Midweight Base Layer Bottoms

Review coming soon: Best Backpacking Base Layer Bottoms

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Hiking Pants

Prana Stretch Zion II

Prana Stretch Zion II

Lightweight, comfortable, and with enough stretch to make walking easy. I’ve used these hiking pants multiple times and like them for hiking and backpacking. They are great in cooler weather and also are a good option for those wanting protection from the sun and elements. I currently use the Kuhl Silencr and Kuhl Deceptr pants.
Other Options:
Kuhl Silencr Pants
Kuhl Deceptr Pants

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Hiking Shorts

Patagonia Baggies Shorts

Patagonia Baggies Shorts

Like the Pants version above these hiking shorts are light, quick drying, and comfortable. They have enough pockets for stuff and are nice to wear all day. Having said that, there are many that prefer a more traditional pair of hiking shorts with nice pockets, belts, and more.
Other Options:
PrAna Stretch Zion Shorts II
Patagonia Quandary Shorts

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Hiking Underwear

Smartwool Merino 150 Boxer Briefs

Smartwool Merino 150 boxer briefs underwear

Wearing underwear may not be for everyone and with so many options it can be hard to choose a favorite. In the past, I’ve used unpadded lycra bike shorts, synthetic underwear, and Merino Underwear. And it is Merino that I find best. They work well in all but the hottest and humid tropical type weather. When it is hot and humid, unpadded lycra or nothing at all works best.
Other Options:
Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer Briefs
ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs

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Hiking Shirt

Columbia Silver Ridge Lite

Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Hiking Shirt

A hiking shirt is good to keep the sun off but must be hard-wearing to withstand the kind of abuse that happens when backpacking. Some prefer long-sleeved shirts with pockets and others prefer merino t-shirts. Both are good lightweight options.
Other Options:
Icebreaker Tech Lite II
Patagonia Sun Stretch

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Sunhat

Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat

Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Sun Hat

With so many styles and types of sun hats on the market, it is hard to pick a clear winner. Some prefer a plain baseball hat or trucker hat. Others prefer a Wide Brim Hat. I’m a fan of both with a preference for the baseball cap style. But the Sunday Afternoon Ultra is the best of both worlds offering a wide brim, a nice peak, a place to store your sunglasses, and plenty of protection for the back of your neck.
Other Options:
Tilley LTM6 Broad Brim Hat
Outdoor Research Sun Runner

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Sunglasses

Oakley Flak 2.0

Oakley Flak 2.0

Do they look good and not cost a fortune and protect your eyes from all the harmful rays? If the answer is yes then they will be good enough. If you are tight with money a cheap pair will get you by, especially if you are the type of person who loses everything within hours of buying them.
Other Options:
Julbo Explorer 2.0
Smith Lowdown 2

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Gloves – Optional

Rab Flux Liner

Rab Flux Liner

For most situations, a light pair of fleece gloves will be all you need. At other times a pair of waterproof winter gloves will be needed. At other times when the weather turns cold and you don’t have gloves, a clean pair of socks can work very well.
Other Options:
Outdoor Research Alti Mittens
Sealskinz Unisex Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Gauntlet

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Rain Jacket

Enlightened Equipment Visp Jacket Review

Enlightened Equipment Visp

Weight: 5oz / 142 grams (without Pit Zips)
When making the jump to ultralight backpacking you will not need a big heavy three-layer rain jacket. An ultralight rain jacket with the option of pit zips to vent heat like the Enlightened Equipment Visp is perfect. Being so light and thin it also works well as a windbreaker on those cold mornings and can also be worn to bed to assist with insulation (yes, it works).
Other Options:
ZPacks Vertice Rain Jacket
Outdoor Research Helium

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Rain Pants

Outdoor Research Helium

Outdoor Research Helium Rain Pants

Weight: 6.7oz / 190g
In many cases, a pair of rain pants will be overkill and not needed but for most those cases are rare. Take rain pants. They work as a good pair of wind pants too. They are not too heavy and can be a lifesaver in cold wet weather. The OR Helium is perfect even though there are much lighter options for those who really want to count the grams. I use the OR Helium and have for many years.
Other Options:
Zpacks Vertice
Arc’teryx Beta AR

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Hiking Umbrella

Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow Carbon Ultralight Hiking Umbrella

Six Moon Design Silver Shadow Carbon Umbrella

Weight: 6.8oz / 193g
To many, a hiking umbrella might seem like a luxury and way too heavy for ultralight backpacking. Think again. They work way better than most people would expect. They not only keep the rain off your body but keep the bright sun off you when hiking in the desert. It wasn’t until I tried it myself that I was convinced. So give it a go.
Other Options:
Six Moon Designs Rain Walker
ZPacks Lotus UL

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Footwear- Socks – Gaiters

If you want to save weight and hike with a little less stress on your feet then consider trail runners. Ultralight hikers love them and as you are not carrying very heavy loads there is less stress on your feet, ankles, and knees. As your feet feel better there is less need for camp shoes, just loosen the shoe laces when at camp.

Footwear

Altra Lone Peak 6

Lone Peak 5 Review

Weight per pair: 21 oz / 595 grams
There is a rather rapid move away from traditional hiking boots and shoes to lighter-weight trail running shoes. One of the best for 2022 is the Altra Lone Peak Trail Runners. They are ultralight, comfortable, have good grip, and last around 500 miles. I currently use these shoes.
Other Options:
Salomon Speedcross 5
Salomon Men’s X Ultra 4

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Socks

Darn Tough Light Hiker Crew

Darn Tough Light Hiker Crew

One of the most popular hiking socks in the world. The Darn Tough Light Hiker Crew Socks are worn by more thru-hikers than any other sock. Lightweight, good quality, and durable. These socks are built to last. I currently use the Macpac Merino Socks.
Other Options:
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Sock

Smartwool Performance Hike Light Cushion Crew Socks

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Gaiters – Optional

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Gaiters are considered by many, including myself, to be luxury items. I find them to be very useful in snow and mud but not for general lightweight hiking and backpacking. But many love them for keeping sand and rocks out of their socks and shoes. The Dirty Girl Gaiters are among the most popular.
Other Options:
Altra Trail Gaiters

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Cameras, Navigation, And Electronics

The electronics that you carry on the trail will vary a lot from person to person. If you are big on social media or have a Youtube Channel you will be carrying more in the way of cameras and backup batteries than some who just take photos with their smartphone.

For most, a smartphone and backup battery bank are the bare minimum and very important for photos, navigation, GPS, and contact with the outside world. The weight of a phone and backup battery bank will be around 1 lb. 2.2 oz / 524 grams but you can go much lighter is you choose.

Smartphone

Apple IPhone 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Weight: 7.2 oz / 204 grams
With a great camera and the ability to use the newest 5G data for the ultrafast connection. The camera is awesome, and so is the ability to link with navigation apps via the built-in GPS.
Other Options:
Samsung Galaxy S22

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Battery Bank

Anker 733 Power Bank (GaNPrime PowerCore 65W)

Anker 733 battery bank

Weight: 11.3 oz / 320 grams
This option combines a battery and charger all in one. This saves weight by eliminating the need for a wall charger. But for many, you will not need this much and a simple battery is all you need. For vloggers and hikers charging a GPS, watch, and more you will need a bigger system. One of the best ultralight battery options is the Nitecore listed below.

Other Options:
Anker PowerCore III Elite 25600
Nitecore NP 10000

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Camera – Optional

Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera

Sony ZV1 Vlogging Camera

Weight: 10.4 oz / 294 grams
Want a good camera? Are you vlogging? If so, your smartphone is good but the Sony ZV1 is better. It is quite lightweight and the quality is far superior to what most people would ever need.
Other Options:
Sony RX 100 VII
GoPro Hero 10

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Headlamps – Optional

Petzl E+Lite

Petzl e lite headlamp

Weight: 0.9 oz / 26 grams
The Petzl E+Lite is not my favorite headlamp but it is one of the lightest. And in the world of ultralight thru-hiking and backpacking, it is a good option. My preference is a headlamp with rechargeable batteries and a bit better amount of light. But for the minimalist, the Petzl E+Lite is best. When hiking in summer with long hours of daylight I find the light on a smartphone is enough, and so do many other ultralight backpackers.
Other Options:
PETZL Actik Core 450
Nitecore NU25

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Watch – Optional

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar GPS watch

Weight: 1.87 oz / 53 grams
The Garmin Instinct Solar 2 is the kind of hiking watch that can do almost anything. With maps, GPS, weather, and more, it can also tell the time. With the solar, it can last quite a while between charges. But it is expensive. If you are a data nerd then you will love this watch or one of the others mentioned below.
Other Options:
Coros Vertix 2
Suunto 9 Baro

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Satellite Messenger – Optional

Garmin InReach Mini 2

Garmin InReach Mini 2

Weight: 3.5 oz / 100 grams
The Garmin InReach 2 is a very light two-way Satellite Messenger device. Use satellites when you are out of cell phone range to communicate with home, get weather, or alert emergency services of your location. If you are injured or incapacitated just press a button and help will be on the way. It has good battery life but as with electronics be sure to take a backup battery bank.
Other Options:
Zoleo Satellite Communicator
Somewear Labs Global Hotspot

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Winter Hiking Gear

When the white fluffy stuff starts to fall from the sky you may need to ‘gear up’ and get some specialist winter gear. An Ice Axe is commonly used on early-season trips in the mountains and is part of most lightweight backpacking gear lists. So is some form of traction device in the form of microspikes and for some, maybe even snowshoes, especially if you are thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail.

Ice Axe

Camp USA Corsa Ice Axe

Weight: 7.1 oz / 201 grams
Most people will not need or want to carry an ice axe when hiking. But early season thru-hikers on the PCT, CDT, or JMT will want to carry one and know how to use it. Luckily, there are some light options.
Other Options:
Petzl Glacier Ice Axe
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

Read more: Best Ice Axe for Thru-Hiking

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Microspikes

Kahtoola Microspikes

Kahtoola Microspikes

Weight: 11 oz / 312 grams
Microspikes are lightweight winter traction devices that work very well with late-season icy snow. Your boots or shoes will grip the ice and you can safely travel in the mountains. Almost everyone, myself included, uses the Kahtoola Microspikes.
Other Options:
Kahtoola Nanospikes
Hillsound Trail Crampon

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First Aid Kit and Misc

The first aid kit can be as basic as you want. Just ensure you have what you will need in the form of enough personal medication for your planned trip. As for the rest here is what I usually take. It will increase the pack weight a bit but I use most of the first aid supplies below on a regular basis. The most common things you will need are items to treat blisters or splinters with sun protection also being important. You could pack them in a stuff sack or use a zip lock bag.

  • Plastic zip lock bags
  • Money / ID / Credit Cards
  • Blister pads
  • Strapping Tape
  • Giardia anti-biotic
  • Foot infection anti-biotic
  • Ibuprofen
  • tweezers
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Safety Pin
  • Needle
  • Deet insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper

Total 13oz / 375 grams

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is ultralight backpacking?

Ultralight backpacking is the ability to cut excess weight from the amount of gear you carry when going backpacking. Most ultralight backpackers will carry less than 10 pounds as their base weight.

What is a good base weight for ultralight backpacking?

Less than 10 pounds is a good base weight for ultralight backpacking. It will require lightweight gear and the ability to not take items that are unnecessary.

What is base weight and what are consumables?

Base weight is all the items in your backpack that you will carry with you all the time, such as a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cook gear, and excess clothing not being worn. Consumables are the items such as water, food, and fuel.


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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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14 thoughts on “Ultralight Backpacking Gear List 2022”

  1. Thanks for all the great resources and inspiration! I noticed you switched to a Samsung from the iPhone. Any reason for the change? Also why go with an unlocked phone? As for your stove, what would you take on the PCT now?

    Thanks,
    Mary

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    • Hi Mary, I switched to Samsung due to the cheaper price for a better quality product a couple of years ago, specially the camera which was much better than iPhone. However, a couple of weeks ago I switched back to iPhone when I got the opportunity to purchase a near new phone at a great price. As for stoves for the PCT, I love the Jetboils. They are popular on the PCT as they are very fuel efficient and boil water very quickly. If you are only boiling water then any of them are great, if you are cooking or simmering meals then get any of the Jetboils ending in mo, such as the MiniMo is best. The flame is variable on any of the mo models. Hope that makes sense. I’ll be writing a review on stoves in the coming months but at the moment, I think Jetboil is best for the PCT.

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      • I look forward to your review on stoves. Sounds like canister over alcohol would be your choice nowadays. I have my older Soto micro regulator but heard good things about the newest jetboil.
        Probably going to stick with my iPhone but could use an upgrade. Will research battery issues/ life on various models. Thanks!

  2. 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.

    Cheers!

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    • 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.

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  3. 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!

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    • 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.

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  4. Hi Brad,
    Been enjoying your blog for a while and really liked this list, especially as we’re both looking for new (lighter) backpacks!

    We nominated you for the “Sunshine Blogger Award” if you’re at all interested – we kinda had fun with it. Details here: https://gonefloatabout.com/2017/01/16/sunshine-blogger-award/ Be fun to read your responses if you decide to do it, but no worries if not!
    Cheers!

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    • 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.

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      • 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!

    • 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.

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    • 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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