Comments on: Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 9 Pound 2021 https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/ The Ultimate Guide to Lightweight Backpacking and Backcountry Adventure Travel Tue, 16 Nov 2021 17:37:04 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-137340 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:18:14 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-137340 In reply to Lily Sanam.

Agreed. See our video on how to pack your pack https://youtu.be/SGtSWbo_sfo. And our backpack guide Best Backpacking Backpacks. Warmest regards, -alan

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By: Lily Sanam https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-137294 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:32:58 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-137294 excellent advice. The only one I’d suggest providing a more open opinion to is the compression sack. Packing your sleeping bag in the bottom of your pack loosely then squishing your gear in above/around still compresses the bag but actually fills the space cavities better and doesn’t give you a big hard lump against your back. Also, a heck of a lot easier to pack in the morning than trying to stuff into a hard football.

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-131917 Sat, 19 Dec 2020 01:21:13 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-131917 In reply to Scott H Martin.

no worries. -alan

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By: Scott H Martin https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-131888 Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:58:15 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-131888 In reply to Alan Dixon.

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the prompt reply. I should have clarified the “math not adding up” comment. I meant with respect to weight only, and in particular for packs. My 45L Expedition (which does have a side pocket for water bottle, cap pocket for snacks/FA kit, and mesh hip belt pocket for phone) is enough capacity for my mostly weekend hiking and can also be expanded a bit by raising the cap. With a trash compactor pack liner and some DCF stuff sacks, I am waterproof-ish. I was initially looking at the 2400 Windrider, but it is actually a couple ounces heavier and 5L smaller. The $200 buys some additional durability, water resistance, and the big mesh pocket does look handy. I am not saying it is a waste of money. I am just suggesting that $200 spent on a DCF material upgrade goes a LOT further on a shelter, in terms of weight savings. For the same $200 delta, one could go from the 40 oz Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 to the 19 oz Zpacks Duplex, assuming one uses trekking poles.

Best, Scott

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-131860 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:33:48 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-131860 In reply to Scott M.

Hi Scott, first there are more than a few fairly light packs that will work fine and are less expensive than the HMG packs (look at the MassDrop X Granite Gear Crown X60 Backpack). But you need to be sure that you are comparing apples to apples. DCF is an expensive fabric and is also more difficult and costly to sew products out of. It has the advantage of being both incredibly strong and far more waterproof/resistant than other pack fabrics — with decent stuff sacks there is no need for a pack liner or a rain cover to keep your pack contents dry. Also note that you Deuter pack is both lower capacity and does not have any pockets on the pack body or hibelts. While this may be great for alpine climbing the lack of pockets makes for a very inefficient trail pack — you are always having to rummage around in the main pocket to get things rather than pulling them out of a pocket while walking. Again, this may work for you, and then more power to you. Just making the point that there are significant advantages to the HMG pack. Warmest, -alan

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By: Scott M https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-131831 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 01:34:46 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-131831 Hi Alan,

Great list! Thanks for the many excellent suggestions. One question. I have a few pieces of HMG kit and am a big fan, but I have not been able to do the math on their packs. My Deuter Gravity Expedition Gravity 45 goes for about $100 on sale and weighs 30 oz. Great pack IMHO. I also got one for my 13-year old hiking buddy and offspring. Why don’t I ever see it on the UL gear lists?

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-128856 Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:56:40 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-128856 In reply to Jesse.

Our pleasure Jesse. Warmest, -alan

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By: Jesse https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-128817 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:41:25 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-128817 Wow! What a helpful video and list of great gear. You saved me so much time! Thanks, Alan. You’re a good dude.

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-127724 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 20:33:29 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-127724 In reply to Randy Lee.

Randy see me video on How To Pack your Backpack https://youtu.be/SGtSWbo_sfo. All will be clear. Best, -alan

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By: Alan Dixon https://www.adventurealan.com/ultralight-backpacking-gear-list/#comment-127723 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 20:29:31 +0000 http://test.adventurealan.com/?p=1221#comment-127723 In reply to Jerry.

Jerry, I would go with a very warm down quilt and a very warm down jacket. Little additional weight and volume for a ton more warmth. I would also look at my Hiking Clothes for 2020 | Hike Safe and Warm and its associated YouTube Video. Wishing you a great AT thru-hike next year! Warmest, -alan

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