Ultra Lightweight Backpacking Tips

ultra lightweight backpacking tips

Video Tips for Ultra Lightweight Backpacking Gear Setup


Here’s a great video by Will Wood on ultra-lightweight gear setup for your next backpacking trip. Will claims his base gear setup weights just 10 lbs, and the total weight for his pack comes in at 20 lbs, 5 ounces, including 7 lbs of food, 1 liter of water, rain gear and winter gear. Will used this setup for a 70 mile hike on the Appalachian trail and week-long backpacking trips.

For a backpack, Will is using a ZPack Arc Blast backpack that supports 52 liters of space and is 16.5 ounces. Most of the other gear Will’s ultralight backpacking setup includes:

  • Cuban fiber waterproof stuff sacks (Purchase HMG Stuff Sack at Amazon.com)
  • Therm-A-rest Neo Air Xlile (regular size, 12 ounces)
  • Stuff sack pillow
  • Soto Microregulator Stove – 3 ounces
  • Small Pot set with a lighter inside
  • Fuel canister
  • Small first aid kit with bandaids, NSAIDS, small toothbruck, toothpaste, toilet paper.
  • Mophie Juice Pack Plus battery for iphone
  • Princeton Tec Vizz Leadlamp (150 lumens, 3.7 ounces)
  • A couple 1 Liter Platypus water bottles (1.2 ounces each)
  • A 3 Liter Platypus big zip bag for camp (3.5 ounces) – so you don’t have to keep filling 1 liter bottles
  • Sawyer Mini Water Filter – 2 ounces (Purchase the Sawyer Mini Water Filterat Amazon.com
  • ZPacks Hexamid Duplex Tent (20.5 ounces)
  • Marmot Plasma 15 degree sleeping bad (1 lb, 14 ounces)
  • Patagonia Capilene 4 Bottoms and hoody sweatshirt (14 ounces)
  • Rain gear – Patagonia Torrentshell Stretch Pants and Jacket (24.5 ounces)
  • Rab Xenon X Hoodie Jacket (13.7 ounces)

ultra lightweight backpacking tips

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