The easiest way to lighten your pack isn’t to buy new gear, but to leave a few things you already have behind.
With its warm temperatures and long days, summer is the perfect season for backpackers to try going ultralight. Here’s how to make your pack lighter now without spending a fortune on new gear.
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Just how much pack weight can one hiker cut? Our editor performs a far-out experiment in minimalism.
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Poles can prevent falls and stress injuries, particularly on rough terrain with big loads. But, the constant 'click click' can drive you nuts. They leave poked holes in soft trails, and on rock slabs trek pole tips skate dangerously. Here, a simple fix.
Learn what gear to ditch and what to keep so you don't sacrifice comfort. Plus, a little lightweight reading material.