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Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 9 Pound for 2021

Nine pounds of backpacking gear is all a hiker needs to be safe, warm, and comfortable. This ultralight gear list has been evolving and improving for over a decade and we’ve tested it from Alaska to Patagonia. If you want to reduce your pack weight while improving your gear’s quality and functionality, then you’ve come to the right place. Simply put, this list has better backpacking gear.

Below you’ll find every item a backpacker needs to bring and nothing they don’t. For key items, alternative options may be suggested. Only non-consumable gear that’s carried in a backpack is counted towards the nine pound total. Items worn while hiking and situational gear that only comes along on some trips are excluded from the weight tally.

Want to go even lighter? See our 5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear Checklist.

Video Version of the Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

For those that prefer video, this is a detailed deep-dive explaining all the gear, what’s great and how I use it. Otherwise, scroll down to see a traditional list of all this great ultralight backpacking gear.