Ultralight Backpacking & Hiking

Techniques, Packing Guides, Gear Reviews & Trip Reports for Ultralight Backpacking

Adventure Alan has been your best source for honest & factual information on gear & technique for lightweight & ultralight backpacking & hiking since 1999. Featuring comprehensive gear lists, detailed gear reviews and recommendations, informative how-to guides, entertaining trip reports, and more.

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New Best Hiking Shoes for 2021

New Hi-Tech Hiking Shoes Could Make You a Lot Faster


Your feet are arguably your most important asset on the trail. Blisters, Achilles tightness, and foot pain can all quickly derail a hiking or backpacking trip. So, finding the right hiking shoes is imperative. For this year’s best backpacking walking shoes, we’ve focused on providing a wide range of shoe types and things to consider, including some new 2021, hi-tech, high energy return shoe options that may surprise you. No worries though, we’ve gathered all the data that will inform your new footwear choice and get you into just the right trail shoe.

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Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 9 Pound

Nine pounds of backpacking gear is all a hiker needs to be safe and warm. So, if you want to reduce pack weight without reducing comfort, look no further! The hiking gear in this guide is suitable for all 3-season conditions on trips around the world, from Alaska, to Patagonia, to Utah. Simply put, it’s better backpacking gear.

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Best Backpacking Tent 2021 | Lightweight & Ultralight

There is an exceptional and LIGHT tent here for every type of backpacker. But you’ll need to choose carefully to get the perfect tent for you at the right price! This guide to the Best Lightweight Backpacking Tents will help you do just that. We divide backpacking tents into 5 basic categories of features, weight and price. This makes it much faster and easier for you to find a fantastic backpacking tent at the right price that has the features that matter the most to YOU.

Best Backpacking Backpacks 2020

A backpack is the single most important piece of gear that any backpacker will own. As such, there is no reason to settle for a heavy, old-school pack. That’s why this buyer’s guide highlights the very best backpacking backpacks for hiking in 2020. Below you will find exceptional and light hiking backpacks for men and women, and for all types of backcountry adventures and budgets. From the top all-round performers, to ultralight backpacks we have you covered!

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Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags & Backpacking Quilts 2020

In this guide, we showcase the very best sleeping bags and camping quilts on the market. We back up these recommendations with a data-based analysis of weight, warmth, & cost as well as extensive field experience in a broad range of conditions. Save weight and money while still getting a great night’s sleep!

6 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

5 Pound Practical Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

Looking to reduce backpack weight to the absolute minimum? Then you’ve come to the right place. This ultralight backpacking gear list has the lightest possible gear that still makes practical sense. If used properly, a five pound ultralight pack will keep you just as safe, warm and dry as heavier, more traditional gear. In fact, the core of this list can be used with great success on most three-season trips around the world.

Ultralight Day Hiking Checklist

Hiking Gear List | 3 Lb Ultralight Day Hiking Essentials

Day hiking is supposed to be fun. And part of the fun is a light pack for easy walking. Unfortunately, most day hiking checklists are way too heavy. But on the other hand, you DO want all the right gear to be safe! So what to do? This ultralight day hiking checklist will help you select the right gear to keep your daypack light, a spring in your step, but still, keep you safe and happy.

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GAIA GPS the Best Hiking GPS and How to Use It

Smartphones like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy outperform a conventional GPS in almost every way. This post has all the information you need to use your smartphone as the best backpacking GPS, including getting up to 7+ days of battery life without recharging. Best of all, you can do this for less than $20!

Top Mistakes Using the Layering System – How to Stay Warmer and Drier

Hiking Clothes for 2020 | Hike Safe and Warm

The right hiking clothes will drastically improve the overall trip experience by making you comfier, faster, and especially safer. As they say, there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!

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Best Camera for Hiking or Backpacking 2020

This post takes the BS & mystery out of finding the right camera. A camera that meets YOUR needs & YOUR budget. And you don’t need an expensive camera to take superb backpacking photos. Some of the best lightweight backpacking and hiking cameras cost far less than you think. You might already own one!

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2019 Best Backpacking Food – simple and nutritious

Keep it simple, nutritious and save weight: I take inexpensive trail foods which are both tasty and nutritious. Specifically, foods that give you calories, protein, good fats, vitamins and other micro nutrients. This keeps you healthy and cruising along the trail with a spring in your step. Just as important…

Latest Products on Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Latest Posts on Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Top 3 Hiking Pants of 2021 for Men and Women

How to choose hiking pants that work for you just got a lot easier! Here are our top 3 choices!
Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Jacket is an excellent choice for a light, warm, and weather resistant insulating jacket. It can do double duty as both a mid-layer and a in-camp or rest stop insulating jacket. Finally at this weight, compressibility, warmth & cost it makes a compelling argument that is the equal or better to many down jackets.
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Best Men’s Hiking Pants 2021

Find the best backpacking hiking pants for your needs, your travel, and your budget. No BS! All these men's hiking pants have all earned their spot on this list by performing far better than the competition.