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When You Need Lightweight Backpacking Gear Fast!

If you need backpacking gear delivered ASAP, then you’ve come to the right place. In this buyer’s guide, we’ve swept the marketplace for the best lightweight backpacking gear on Amazon Prime and ultralight backcountry equipment and apparel available with fast and free Prime shipping. Here you’ll find our recommendation for every key piece of gear a backpacker would need; the best options available to you on Amazon, some of which are priced well below the brand’s listed MSRP.

However, there are tradeoffs. Amazon is shunned by many outdoor companies, so shopping here means narrowing your selection. While you may not always be able to find the very best gear in existence, there are always good options, and sometimes you needn’t make any compromise at all. Lastly, we’ll note that inventory and Prime designations are fickle and ever changing. Product is constantly going in and out of stock, and something that was Prime yesterday may not be tomorrow. Tents, in particular, tend to fluctuate constantly and ship slower.

Interested in learning more? Continue reading the complete list of lightweight backpacking gear here.


May 7, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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