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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Staff Picks | Best Backpacking Gear 2023

Our Staff selects the best backpacking gear in existence


If you’re looking for the best backpacking gear in existence, then you’ve come to the right place. In this list, you’ll find the lightest, smartest, and most innovative products on the market. This is what we take to Alaska, Patagonia, Utah, Appalachia, and everywhere in between. It’s what we recommend to our closest friends, and it’s what we recommend to you if you want to improve your experience in the backcountry. Depending on the item, we may provide one to four options, taking into account different environmental needs, personal preferences, and budgets. Happy trails!

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Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 9 Pound 2023

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 2023 | 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!

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Best Backpacking Backpack 2023 | Ultralight

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. Below you will find exceptional and light hiking backpacks for men and women, and for all types of backcountry adventures and budgets.

Best Lightweight Rain Jacket for Hiking and Backpacking

Best Lightweight Rain Jacket 2023

Find the best lightweight jacket & pants for your needs, your travel, and your budget. No BS! All these lightweight rain jackets have all earned their spot on this list by performing far better than the competition.

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Best Hiking Shoes 2023 | Trail Runners

Looking for the best hiking shoes ? Read our no BS, unbiased guide for the best hiking shoes & backpacking shoes for men and women. 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. We can help!

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Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags for Backpacking 2023

Find the best Ultralight Sleeping Bags for Backpacking. Based on solid data. No BS! All these sleeping bags have all earned their spot on this list by performing far better than the competition.

Best Backpacking Quilts

Best Backpacking Quilts for Camping 2022

If you want the best possible backpacking sleep system for the best possible price, then you need a camping quilt. Beyond any shadow of doubt, quilts categorically outperform traditional sleeping bags at every juncture, and it’s not even close. In our guide find the best backpacking quilts for your needs, your travel, and your budget. No BS! All these quilts have all earned their spot on this list by performing far better than the competition.

Best Backpacking Food | Healthy & Nutritious

We’ve completely overhauled our Backpacking Food to the latest research and thinking on the best hiking food & nutrition. So whatever your diet, low carb, keto, omnivore, vegetarian, & vegan we give you the latest knowledge available to create a healthy and nutritious trail diet that will put a spring in your step.

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.

Best Backpacking GPS

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!

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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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Lightweight Hikers Guide | 2023 REI Member Coupon Sale

Make the best of your 20% off coupons & find the best deals at the REI Labor Day Sale & Clearance. Last chance of the year for Big Savings! Get the inside scoop on all the deals...
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HOKA Speedgoat 5 Vs HOKA Challenger 7 How To Choose

The HOKA Speedgoat 4 and the Challenger ATR 6 might look similar, but we put them head to head to see which is the best pick for you. And we compare both to Altra Lone Peaks and Olympus shoes.
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Best Small 2 Person Tents for Backpacking or Camping

Here are the best inexpensive 2 Person Tents (some in the $100-$150 range) that are light enough for backpacking, while being comfortable enough for more luxurious car camping outings.