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 Outdoor Guides

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The Winter Guide to Baselayers

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The 10 Best Rain Pants of 2020

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The Best Voices and Brands in Plus Size Outdoor Clothing

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The Best Down Jackets of 2020

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How to Use Waterproofing Spray and Wash for Jackets, Tents, and Footwear

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The Best Gifts for Hikers and Backpackers in 2019 (Holiday Edition!)

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The 12 Best Hiking Shorts of 2019

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The 8 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2019

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