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Ultralight Done Right: What is Ultralight?

Ultralight defined. Plus, the most popular pieces of gear people either love or hate.

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Yes, we know: One man’s ultralight is another’s overstuffed load. Manufacturers, casual backpackers, and diehard devotees have radically different ideas about what deserves the “ultralight” label. That said, use these regular-Joe guidelines to get an idea of how light your gear can go.

Daypack 2 pounds

Weekend pack (3,000-4,000 cu. in.): 2.5 pounds

Weeklong pack (4,000+ cu. in.): 3 pounds

Summer bag 1 pound

3-season bag 2 pounds

Winter bag 3 pounds

1-person tent 1.5 pounds

2-person tent 3 pounds

3-person tent 4.5 pounds

Low-cut hikers 2 pounds