The ultimate ultralight backpacking gear list: This is everything you need
One of the best feelings on any backpacking trip is that moment when you step into camp and remove your backpack, knowing you don't have to heave it back on until the following morning. As much as we don't want to take away the little moments of joy on your trip, wouldn't it be better if you didn't have to have that moment at all? That's not to suggest you keep your backpack on while you sleep, but what about if your bag didn't have to weigh so much that you couldn't wait to remove it?
Minimizing the weight of your backpack lets you enjoy the trail and the scenery around you without that voice in your head telling you to take the weight off your shoulders. You can also move faster, cover more distance, and make the most of your time off. Our ultralight backpacking list is perfect for fastpackers, thru-hikers, or anyone who wants to hit the trail ahead with fresh legs and lightweight gear.
Sawyer Products Micro Squeeze Water Filter
Hydration is an essential part of trekking success, but when each liter of water weighs over 2 pounds, you want to minimize how much you carry at any one time. This ultralight water filter from Sawyer weighs just 2 ounces and saves you from carrying excess water. The Micro Squeeze screws onto the end of a squeezable — hence the name — bag for easy filling and filtering. It also fits onto disposable plastic bottles. A syringe is included to backflush the device with clean water after each trip and each filter is good for about 100,000 liters.
Find the full article with the ultralight backpacking gear list, written by Ross Collicutt and Tom Kilpatrick.
September 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.