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The Ultimate Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

Alex “GPS” Brown contributed significantly to this ultralight backpacking gear list.

Ultralight backpacking is a polarizing subject. Some think the ultralight movement is a little extra—I mean, what well-adjusted person spends thousands of dollars on gear that’s less comfortable and less durable, am I right?

But those who embrace the ultralight lifestyle know that it doesn’t have to be a wallet-and-soul-crushing exercise in austerity. While some high-end ultralight gear is very expensive (think of all the ounces you could save by getting rid of your extra Benjamins!), it is still possible to go ultralight on a budget. A simple, minimalist setup can actually save you money while freeing you up to focus on the adventure rather than your aching knees or your inexplicably complicated tent setup.

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October 20, 2023

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