How to Build an Ultralight Kit for Under $500
You can have a gram-counter’s backpacking setup without dropping a load of cash.
It's no secret that going ultralight can be expensive. Whether it's 1000-fill-power down jacket or carbon fiber tent poles, there's no shortage of ways to lighten your wallet as you lighten your pack. that's enough to put many backpackers off the idea altogether. But hidden among all the high- end products are dependable, low-cost options that are decidedly lightweight. Here are our top picks, starting with an ultralight "Big Four"-tentbackpack, sleeping bag, and pad--that clocks in at about six pounds and less than $500.
May 19, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
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).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan