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Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 8 lb Base Weight (Full Comfort)

An overview of ultralight, an ultralight backpacking gear list and breakdown.

WEIGHT BREAKDOWN

Base Weight: 8.07 lbs
Shelter + Pack + Sleep System + Kitchen + Water Storage +
Packed Clothing + Electronics + First Aid Kit + Extras

Consumables: 7 lbs
Toiletries + Food + Water + Stove Fuel

Worn Weight: 2.99 lbs
Worn Clothing + Footwear + Accessories

TOTAL WEIGHT: 18.06 lbs

If you are interested in learning the complete ins and outs of this backpacking gear list, you can find Cara Dixon's full article here.

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May 7, 2022

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Greenbelly

Media Mentions from Greenbelly

Ready-to-eat backpacking meals that provide about 1/3 of your daily nutrition. All natural ingredients. Darn tasty.

MEDIA MENTIONS

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.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure

MEDIA MENTIONS

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).

Halfway Anywhere
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MEDIA MENTIONS

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

Bikepacking Team