recommended backpacking gear

How about a 15 pound pack for a weekend trip? At these pack weights, backpacking feels more like day hiking. It’s hard to describe how freeing this is until you experience it. The trail miles melt away. Without the misery of a heavy pack you can actually appreciate the beauty of the land you’re hiking through. You get into camp early, with plenty of time and energy to do almost anything.

Recommended Backpacking Gear

A list of the best lightweight backpacking gear.
Recommended Backpacking Gear has a focus on value—great performance and reasonable cost.

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This will be expanded over the next six months to a year to include recommend equipment for all gear categories. For the time being, this will be a list of recommended gear for the “Big Three,” Backpacks, Sleeping Bags (and Quilts), and Tents (to include all forms of shelter).


 

Recommended Pyramid Shelters

A pyramid shelter is likely your lightest effective shelter, unless the weather forecast is for constant, pouring-down rain or there are going to be a bunch of bugs (and there is an optional Innernet to handle that). This [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|2 Comments

Recommended Tarps and Shaped Tarps

The 7.8 ounce MLD Cuben Fiber Grace Duo Tarp was our choice for the Wind River High Route: Don and I weathered a strong thunder and hailstorm at the back of Cirque of the [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|8 Comments

Recommended Tents and Tarptents

If you aren't up to Pyramids and tarps: Consider lightweight tents like the REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent, or the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent. (If you want to save some weight, look at the Tarptents, altho these will not be from REI.)

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Beginners, Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|0 Comments

Backpacking Gear Sources

Sources for Ultralight and Lightweight Backpacking Equipment This is only a small sample of the many sources for light equipment. Many other sources can be found by reading through the reviews and technique articles at [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Recommended Gear|1 Comment

Recommended Gear

A 15 pound pack for a weekend trip? At these pack weights, backpacking feels more like day hiking. It’s hard to describe how freeing this is until you experience it. The trail miles melt [...]

By | October 18th, 2015|Categories: Recommended Gear|0 Comments