Ultralight Backpacker

If you want to reduce weight, compartmentalize your gear in every way, and simply go farther, the Ultralight Backpacker is for you.

Ultralight is no passing fad, it’s a way of life. A slimmed down life that allows you to move quickly, suffer less pain, and truly connect to the natural world without the distraction of all those “things.” You are one with the wilderness, and have a consistent obsession with gear, and the reduction of that gear.

You saw off the end of your spare toothbrush. You dream about objects that nest together. You can calculate ounces to pounds to grams faster than a calculator, and you have at least one spreadsheet that references the function, purpose, and weight (obviously) of your gear. Or, maybe you don’t have all this stuff in your head; you simply know that less weight on the trail means you can reach the tallest peak, the deepest lake, and get into the true heart of the wild.

Our Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for the Ultralight Backpacker take into account that while you may or may not be a gearhead, you know how to cut the obese chaff from the titanium wheat. So do we. While this inherently caters to long distance thru-hikers, the ultralight movement is not exclusionary. Beginners can be ultralight; old-schoolers can convert. There is no club and the only hazing is when, inevitably, someone asks about your tiny pack on the trail.

Contrary to common belief, ultralight doesn’t have to cost your firstborn. It can be enjoyed by anyone with basic wilderness skills. Our approach is a bit like a missionary: Convert those who are curious to the ultralight ways, thereby lightening the collective load.

Explore Recommended Gear and Outdoor Guides for Ultralight Backpacker below!

Ultralight Backpacker Gear Reviews

Gear Test: Stio Women’s CFS Hooded Anorak

Deep in the forest, we put the Stio Women’s CFS Hooded Anorak to the ultimate test, demonstrating its exceptional performance.

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Gear Test: Nebu B-52 Pants

Outdoor Gear Type: Pants

We’re been field-testing the Nebu B-52 Pants on rugged trails to determine if they live up to their promise.

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Gear Test: Rumpl NanoLoft Flame Puffy Blanket

We’re getting cozy by the campfire with the Rumpl NanoLoft Flame Puffy Blanket, putting this camp blanket to the test.

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Gear Test: Helinox Chair Zero

On our latest outdoor adventure, we’ve taken a closer look at the Helinox Chair Zero, putting this lightweight backpacking chair to the test.

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Gear Test: lululemon Cargo Super High-Rise Hiking Tights

We’re out there in the wilds with the lululemon Cargo Super High-Rise Hiking Tights, putting these hiking tights to the test.

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Gear Test: Helly Hansen Tech Trail Shorts

Outdoor Gear Type: Shorts

We’re out there on the trail with the Helly Hansen Tech Trail Shorts, putting these hiking/running shorts to the test.

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Gear Report: lululemon Blissfeel Trail Women’s Running Shoe

The lululemon Blissfeel Trail Women’s Running Shoe is a road-to-trail runner that meshes rugged traction with soft and springy cushioning.

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Gear Test: Muck Women’s Original Ankle Boots

Outdoor Gear Type: boots

We’re out there in the thick of it with the Muck Women’s Original Ankle Boots, putting these boots to the test.

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Gear Test: Granite Gear Virga3 55L Backpack

Outdoor Gear Type: Backpacks

We’re out there going on adventures with the Granite Gear Virga 3 55L Backpack, putting this ultralight backpack to the test.

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COROS APEX 2 GPS Outdoor Watch Review

The COROS APEX 2 GPS Outdoor Watch is a well-rounded sports watch that punches above its weight with class-leading battery life and top-tier GPS connectivity.

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Ultralight Backpacker Outdoor Guides

The Best Fleece Jackets of 2024

The best fleece jackets are cozy, breathable, versatile, full of zippers and have unique features. We list the best here, and what makes them shine.

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The Best Hiking Boots of 2024

We highlight the best hiking boots after researching and testing. Find the perfect lightweight, midweight, or heavyweight hiking boot for you!

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The Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking of 2023

Outdoor Gear Type: Sleeping Pads

Get a comfy night’s rest with the best sleeping pads for backpacking. We list 10 of our favorite models, and give tons of sleeping pad advice on finding the right sleep for you.

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The Best 9 Rain Ponchos of 2024

Rain ponchos are the preferred rain protection of many outdoorsy folks. Why? Cause they’re versatile. Here are the best Rain Ponchos of 2024.

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The Best Down Jackets of 2024

The best down jackets will keep you cozy in the wilderness, on the couch, or at the bar. We have tested many, and list the best down jackets for you, here.

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The 10 Best Puffy Jackets on Amazon

Explore the best puffy jackets on Amazon for unbeatable warmth and style on your outdoor adventures this fall and winter.

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The 10 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2024

The best backpacking chairs will make camp way more comfortable. Lean back, get comfy, and prepare to find the right backpacking chair for you!

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The Best Hiking Sandals of 2024

We highlight the best hiking sandals of 2024 after researching and testing. Open toe, closed toe, or finger-style? Find the perfect hiking sandal for you!

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The Best Backpacking Pillows of 2023

Outdoor Gear Type: Pillows

Want to find the best backpacking pillow for you? We researched, tested, and recommend pillows for all styles of backcountry adventure.

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The Best Hiking Shorts of 2024

Hiking shorts are the underrated all-stars of gear. The best hiking shorts kick sweat and chafe to the curb, and keep you trekking mile after mile.

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