Lightweight Hiking Gear List Suggestions

Lightweight Hiking Gear List Suggestions


If anyone's interested in backpacking then let me make the subliminal suggestion that you are also interested in lightweight backpacking.

Okay, you're a hunk of a man (or woman) and have no problem lugging 20kg for 10 miles up a mountain, well done, but you're not going to feel too macho when your skinny friend is able to lug their, frankly, girly-looking 7.5kg pack up the same mountain - and the next one.

But, hey, it's up to you. I'm biased because I'm 40 and my knees are 80. If you want to read a seriously deep analysis of why you need a lighter rucksack that includes equations and a makeover by Trinny and Susannah then visit this webpage:

http://www.winwood-outdoor.co.uk/acatalog/lightweight_rucksacks.html

So let's get on with it.
Go towards the light
In order to get you started and on the way to lightness, I thought I'd suggest a few 'Gear Lists' which might be of interest and give my opinion on the pros and cons of each. I apologise that most of the gear is from our shop but there's plenty of other great lightweight stuff on the market, dare I say, from other retailers so I won't be too upset if you swap a couple of items in the gear list if you find some bargains elsewhere.

These lists are just the very basics you will need. There is a whole load of other stuff that needs to be considered on top of these (e.g., clothing, waterproofs, socks, toilet paper, food, fuel, groundsheets, stove windshields, stuff sacks, compass, first aid, walking poles, water purifiers, matches etc) but I'm just going to keep it simple because it makes it easier for me to compare like for like. Sorry to anyone who thinks it has been over simplified.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gear List - Weight: 5.53kg
Duke of Edinburgh Gear List - Weight: 5.53Kg  Duke of Edinburgh Gear List - Weight: 5.53Kg
Vango have had a number of their lightweight hiking gear recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This kit is great for starting out and it's durable. The Vango rucksacks are not the lightest but they are comfy with loads of storage options. With all the Vango backpacking tents you get a good sized porch to kick your boots into and a design that will withstand most of what the UK can throw at you between April and November. I chose the Banshee here just for the price. The drawbacks of this gear list are you will have to share with your mate who slobbers like a slobbery Newfoundland

DofE Gear List
Tent: Vango Banshee 200 - Weight:2Kg (shared weight 1kg) - Price £67.50
Rucksack: Vango Sherpa 60+10 - Weight: 2.2Kg - Price £50
Sleeping Bag: Vango Ultralite 200 - Weight 925g - Price £40
Mat: Vango Trek Mat - Weight 520g - Price £17
Stove: Coleman F1 Lite - Weight 77g - Price £19.99
Pot: Antigravity Gear 0.7L Pot - Weight: 110g - Price : £8.50
Pot Holder: Antigravity Gar Pot Holder - Weight: 34g - Price £2.50
Utensils: : Gelert 3 piece Clip Set - Weight: 97g - Price: £2.50
Water Bottle: Gelert Aluminium 1L Bottle - Weight: 140g - Price £4.50
Headlamp: : Any lightweight Petzl one - Weight: 85g - Price £20
Towel: Gelert Body Towel - Weight: 95g - Price £10.50

Total Weight: 5.53Kg Price £242.99

Other options for this list:
Tent: Coleman Bedrock 2 - heavier but cheaper price
Rucksack: Gelert Core 55+10 - less capacity but cheaper price
Sleeping Bag: Gelert X-Treme Lite 800 - lighter bag

4 - 5kg Gear List - Weight: 4.88kg
4 - 5kg Gear List - Weight: 4.88kg
If you want to sleep on your own in a slobber free environment then try this one. The tent is still a two skinned tent so you're well protected, but because you are carrying it all yourself it ends up heavier. To combat this I've chosen the Golite Quest Rucksack and an 800g sleeping bag.

The Quest is a solid rucksack that can take a lot of hammer and it is lighter than the Vango ones. The sleeping bag is a budget bag but its temperature rating is still similar to the Vango Ultralite 200.

You will notice that the lighter the gear list becomes the heavier your wallet needs to be. This is the Yin and Yang of the universe, I'm afraid, and unfortunately I am unable to contend with these massively opposing forces. Once more people start using lightweight gear then the price will hopefully come down and the Yin will be Yang or the Yang Yin…

4.88kg Gear
Tent: Coleman Kraz X1 - Weight: 1.6Kg - Price £75
Rucksack: Golite Quest - Weight: 1.45Kg - Price £105
Sleeping Bag: Gelert X-Treme Lite 800 - Weight 800g Price £26.50
Mat: Gelert Xtreme Lite ¾ Mat - Weight 520g - Price 16.50
Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket - Weight 86g - Price £24.99
Pot: Antigravity Gear 0.7L Pot - Weight: 110g - Price : £8.50
Pot Holder: Antigravity Gear Pot Holder - Weight: 34g - Price 2.50
Utensils: : Gelert 3 piece Clip Set - Weight: 97g - Price: £2.50
Water Bottle: Platypus 2L Bottle - Weight: 30g - Price £8.50
Headlamp: : Any lightweight Petzl one - Weight: 85g Price £20
Towel: Packtowel Towel - Large Weight: 63g - Price £12.99

Total Weight: 4.88Kg Price £302.98

Other options for this list:
Tent: Coleman Avior X2 or Vango Tempest 200 - will save a little weight if you're willing to share.
Rucksack: Golite Pinnacle - less capacity but lighter
Sleeping Bag: Vango Ultralite 300 - heavier bag but warmer

3 - 4kg Gear List - Weight: 3.35kg
3 - 4kg  Gear List - Weight: 3.35kg
This next list is another step down. As you will notice the weight differences are mainly the tent and the rucksack. The Coleman Rigel X2 is much lighter than the Kraz but it is only a single skinned tent. When you get down to these weight most of the tents are single skinned, so if you're fine with a bit of condensation every now and again then this is a good gear list. Here's a bit more about condensation in single walled tents if you're interested.

http://www.winwood-outdoor.co.uk/acatalog/Condensation_in_single_walled_tents.html

To get a similar weight double skinned tent those rascals Yin and Yang dictate that you will have to pay a bit more.

The Golite Pinnacle is one of our best selling packs. The dyneema fabric means you can still throw the pack around a little and it'll be alright. If you think you can stuff all your gear into 42L then you could always go for the Golite Jam 2 which will save you 152g and £17.50

3.35kg Gear
Tent: Coleman Rigel X2 - Weight: 960g - Price £69.99
Rucksack: Golite Pinnacle - Weight:: 905g - Price £85
Sleeping Bag: Gelert X-treme 800 - Weight 800g - Price £26.50
Mat: Prolite 3 Short - Weight 370g - Price £50
Stove: Trail Designs Caldera Cone - Weight 57g - Price £29.99
Pot: MSR Titan Kettle - Weight: 93g - Price : £35
Pot Holder: Not required
Utensils: : MSR Titanium Spoon - Weight: 15g - Price: £14.99
Water Bottle: Platypus 2L Bottle - Weight: 30g - Price £8.50
Headlamp: : Any lightweight Petzl one - Weight: 85g - Price £20
Towel: Packtowel Towel - Medium - Weight: 30g - Price £10.50

Total Weight: 3.35Kg Price £350.47

Other options for this list:
Tent: Coleman Falcon X1 - similar weight but double skinned, more expensive
Rucksack: Golite Jam 2 - less capacity, lighter and cheaper price
Sleeping Bag: Vango Ultralite 300 - heavier bag but warmer

2 - 3kg Gear List - Weight: 2.49kg
2 - 3kg Gear List - Weight: 2.49kg
Now the weight is getting a little more serious. The Golite Shangri-La is super lightweight and packs down very small but it is open to the elements. You will need to take some sort of ground sheet and maybe even a bug net, depending on the conditions. Golite have these accessories but at a weight and pocket cost. Also, many lightweight hikers use walking poles for two reasons, the obvious benefits while hiking and to use as poles for their tents, this is worth considering.

The Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus is a weight saving of nearly 400g over the Golite Pinnacle. It is made of ripstop nylon so is reasonable durable for the weight but has a few less features than the Golite packs.

The Adrenalin bag has had some very good reviews in the US. It is a down bag which means it is very light and packs down very small, but the downside of this is cost and the fact that you have to keep it dry.

2.49kg Gear
Tent: Golite Shangri La-2 - Weight: 830g - Price £105
Rucksack: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus - Weight: 520g - Price £99
Sleeping Bag: Golite Adrenaline 40 - Weight 570g - Price £150
Mat: Thermarest NeoAir - Weight 370g - Price £70
Stove: Trail Designs Caldera Cone - Weight 57g - Price £29.99
Pot: MSR Titan Kettle - Weight: 93g - Price : £35
Pot Holder: Not required
Utensils: : MSR Titanium Spoon - Weight: 15g - Price: £14.99
Water Bottle: Platypus 2L Bottle - Weight: 30g - Price £8.50
Headlamp: : Any lightweight Petzl one - Weight: 85g - Price £20
Towel: Packtowel Towel - Medium - Weight: 30g - Price £10.50

Total Weight: 2.49Kg Price £542.98

Other options for this list:
Tent: Terra Nova Photon - less weight, fully enclosed and double skinned but expensive
Rucksack: Gossamer Gear Miniposa - less capacity but even lighter
Sleeping Bag: Vango Ultralite 200 - heavier bag no need to worry about keeping the down bag dry

1- 2kg Gear List - Weight: 1.38kg
1- 2kg Gear List - Weight: 1.38kg
This gear list is for the experienced ultra lighter. I have tried this one out a couple of times but, luckily, I have chosen reasonably good days and to be honest some of them I could have just slept out under the stars on a mat. So, not really a great test

The pros of this are the fact it doesn't feel as though you're carrying anything, so your three day hike feels like a series of day hikes with only your sarnies and waterproofs in the back. The cons are the potential for bad weather and comfort. I sneaked in my Prolite 3 as well as the Torso Pad, forgot to mention that.

1.38kg Gear
Tent: Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter - Weight: 252g - Price £159.99
Rucksack: Gossamer Gear Murmur - Weight: 213g - Price £70
Sleeping Bag: Golite Adrenaline 40 - Weight 570g - Price £150
Mat: Gossamer Gear Torso Pad - Weight 105g - Price £16.50
Stove: Trail Designs Caldera Keg - Weight 77g - Price £50
Pot: Not Required - Pot included in Caldera Keg
Pot Holder: Not required
Utensils: : MSR Titanium Spoon - Weight: 15g - Price: £14.99
Water Bottle: Platypus 2L Bottle - Weight: 30g - Price £8.50
Headlamp: : Any lightweight Petzl one - Weight: 85g -Price £20
Towel: Packtowel Towel - Medium - Weight: 30g - Price £10.50

Total Weight: 1.38Kg Price £500.48

Other options for this list:
Tent: Integral Designs SilTarp - more space inside but slightly heavier
Rucksack: Terra Nova Laser 35L - heavier with a few more features
Sleeping Bag: Gelert Xtreme Lite 600 - synthetic and similar weight but not as warm.

Sub 1kg Gear ListSub 1kg Gear List
Not for the faint hearted...
Sub 1kg Gear

Rucksack: Terra Nova Laser 20L - Weight: 328g - Price: 52.99
Water Bottle: Platypus 2L Bottle - Weight: 30g - Price £8.50
Sleeping Bag: Siberian Goose Down Duvet
Tent: None
Mat: Silent Night or Sleepeezee
Stove: Aga Masterchef
Utensils: : Silver
Lamp: : Beside the bed
Towel: Fluffy

This option includes hot shower, duvet, home cook grub, thick mattress and maybe a couple of beers if you're lucky. And don't forget the big old breakfast - all for £30.
The Yin and Yang Beating Gear List
The Yin and Yang Beating Gear List
This is the cheapest gear list I could come up with, but damn those two universal opposing forces, because it is cheaper than the others, it is also the heaviest. Anyway, even though it is the heaviest it is still a lot lighter than most people carry, so it's definitely a step in the right direction.
Cheapest Gear List
Tent: Coleman Bedrock 2 - Weight: 2.5kg (shared weight 1.25kg) - Price £40
Rucksack: Vango Contour 60+10 - Weight: 2.3Kg - Price £42
Sleeping Bag: Gelert X-Treme Lite 800 - Weight 800g - Price £26.50
Mat: Gelert Xtreme Lite ¾ Mat - Weight 520g - Price 16.50
Stove: Coleman F1 Lite - Weight 77g - Price £19.99
Pot: Antigravity Gear 0.7L Pot - Weight: 110g - Price : £8.50
Pot Holder: Antigravity Gear Pot Holder - Weight: 34g - Price 2.50
Utensils: : Gelert 3 piece Clip Set - Weight: 97g - Price: £2.50
Water Bottle: Gelert Aluminium 1L Bottle - Weight: 140g - Price £4.50
Headlamp: : Gelert 5 LED Microlight - Weight: 120g - Price £7.99
Towel: Gelert Body Towel - Weight: 95g - Price £10.50

Total Weight: 5.54Kg Price £181.49


Glen Van Pesky's Gear List for the Lighten Up DVD
Glen Van Pesky is the founder of Gossamer Gear. Here is the Gear he used for the Lighten Up DVD
Shelter
Backpack - Gossamer Gear G6 - 3.6oz
Waterproof pack cover - Plastic bag (also 1/2 bivy) - 2.3oz
Sleeping pad - 15" x 29" x 3/8" foam - 2.2oz
Shelter - Spinnponcho - 6.5oz
Shelter support (poles, etc.) - Using trekking poles - 0.0oz
Shelter stuff sack - 0.1oz
Pegs - 8 titanium - 2.0oz
Guylines - Gossamer Gear spectra 200 - 2.0oz

Sleeping
Sleeping bag - Sukalac - 16.0oz
Ground sheet or bivy sack - 1/2 mylar emergency blanket - 0.9oz
Cooking
stove Mini pepsi can stove with pot stand 0.4
windscreen Heavy duty foil 0.3
fuel bottle Platypus Lil' Nipper 0.6
matches / lighter Strike anywhere matches 0.2
cook pot Snowpeak 600 titanium mug 2.8
cook pot lid Foil 0.1
drinking mug (Snowpeak 600) 0.0
utensils Lexan spoon 0.3
food storage bag Aloksak 1.1
bear bag hang system N/A 0.0
water storage 2 L platy, 1L platy 2.1
water treatment Aquamira in mini bottles 1.0
Clothing
Underwear - bottoms (built into shorts) 0.0oz
base / wicking layer top 9.9
base / wicking layer bottom 7.7
insulating top 11.3
insulating bottoms 9.2
raingear (hard shell) top (Spinnponcho) 0.0oz
raingear (hard shell) bottoms (Spinnponcho) 0.0oz
waterproof glove shells (use ziplocs in emergency) 0.0oz
windgear (soft shell) top 3.6oz
windgear (soft shell) bottoms (Spinnponcho) 0.0oz
warm gloves 1.3 oz
warm hat Mtn Hardware Polarstretch balaclava 1.3
sun hat Sahale sombrero 3.0
neck protection Bandanna 1.2
socks Smartwool Adrenaline 1.9
spare socks Fleece sleeping socks 2.7
shoes Montrail Vitesse 32.0
clothing stuff sack None 0.0
Miscellaneous
flashlight / headlamp 1 red and 1 white photon . 0.4
trekking poles Gossamer Gear Lightrek 130 cm 4.5
headnet 0.7
bug dope Small bottle DEET 0.4
sun Aloe Gator, Blistex Ultra 1.0
toothbrush Finger toothbrush and floss 0.2
toothpaste (use Dr. Bronner's) 0.0
alcohol hand gel Dr. Bronner's soap 0.2
toilet paper 8 squares per day 0.5
feminie hygiene (women) N/A 0.0
blister & minor wound care 2.3
whistle 0.1
firestarting kit 0.2
repair (bulbs, batteries, etc.) (included in with first aid) 0.0
sunglasses on cord 1.5
watch Suunto 2.5
compass (on watch) 0.0
maps and permits 1.0
Consumables
food 2.5 days at 1.25 lbs 50.0
water 1 L average carried 32.0
fuel 2 dinners, 1 breakfast 3.0


Thanks for reading.

Ian Young

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