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Gear Hall of Fame: Ultralight
When you’re ready to shave pounds from your pack, it’s time to invest in ultralight gear. Here’s a look at some of our all-time favorite featherweights.
Jul 1, 2014
We loved this pack because you can strip it down for ultralight trips or add aluminum stays and extra padding (10 oz.) for a more traditional experience.
$180 (includes all accessories);
You might be able to find a bag that’s a few grams lighter than this one, but we guarantee it won’t be as comfortable or warm as this baby.
Once you try one of these, you’ll never go back to your old pad. Comfort, warmth, packability: The Xlite nails all three.
It’s designed for lounging, not sleeping, but at only 7 ounces it’s the lightest—and most comfy—camp chair we’ve tried.
Add your own trekking poles, and this simple, feathery tarp can house three campers. Eight stakeout loops make for a taut pitch, and the optional bug insert ($79; 5 oz.) extends its versatility.
This no-frills shell disappeared into our packs, but when the weather hit, it saved the day. And the slightly stretchy, 12-denier nylon fabric held up to egregious abuse.
This tiny (packed, it’s lemon-sized) powerhouse will boil a liter in four minutes flat, or gently simmer your soup without scorching.
Yes, it makes a fine water-boiling vessel, but because of the nonstick coating, you can scramble eggs in it, too, without the hassle of a big cleanup.
The secret to packing killer warmth in a baseball-size package? 1000-fill goose down—the lightest fluffiest stuff on the planet.
Just plop these sodium dichloroisocyanurate tablets into your bottle (opt for a 32-ounce Gatorade bottle to shave even more ounces) and you’ll be drinking pure water in no time.
$13 for 30 tablets;
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