Ultra Lightweight Hiking Brands
These brands manufacture some of the lightest gear you can buy anywhere on the planet.
|Trail Designs Sidewinder Ti-Tri Bundle/Toaks 1350ml Pot/Wood Burner/Floor |
The Sidewinder is by far Trail Design's most popular 3 fuel system! It includes the Ti-Tri titanium cone custom sized to fit in your pot, the titanium GramCracker solid fuel kit, the lightweight aluminum 12-10 stove with integrated primer pan, fuel bottle kit with measuring cup,
|Trail Designs Caldera Keg |
The Caldera Keg is the most lightweight, most stable, wind resistant, and efficient cooking system you can buy. There is a good chance that the pot/stoves/cone combination weighs less than your watch. The heart of the Caldera Keg Stoves System is the popular Caldera Cone that delivers stability, wind resistance, pot support and the best heat transfer you are going to find in a windscreen.
|Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stoves with Toaks 700ml |
This is the biggest revolution in outdoor cooking since Jamie Oliver's ancestors climbed out of the primordial sludge. This is a revolutionary approach to alcohol stove lightweight cooking. The stove system is tuned to your particular pot to create the most efficient alcohol stove system in the known universe.
|Toaks Lightweight Titanium 700ml Pot |
A titanium pot is one of the essentials of lightweight hiking. This one is slightly smaller than the MSR Kettle but much cheaper. It comes with a lid with lockable grip and a mesh stock bag.
|Toaks Lightweight Titanium 900ml Pot |
A titanium pot is one of the essentials of lightweight hiking and this is the LIGHTEST 900ml pot you can buy!. It's slightly larger than the MSR Kettle but much a lot cheaper.
|Toaks Lightweight Titanium 1350ml Pot |
Ideal for sharing or for those you like to scoff a lot. Here's Toaks 1350ml Ultralight pot with large fold out insulated handles and a mesh stuff sack
|Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Rucksack |
The Mariposa Plus continues the ultra-lightweight backpacking revolution with the same incredible array of important features at a weight of just over a pound! This is the same great pack as the original but constructed of ripstop nylon for added durability while keeping the weight penalty to about 3 ounces.
Price £80 .00
|Gossamer Gear Miniposa Rucksack |
The 2011 Miniposa continues the revolutionary ways of lightweight rucksacks with the same incredible array of important features plus a reduced volume for all of you true minimalists out there who still want most of the features of the Mariposa line. We love the way this pack carries, its slimmer profile makes for a very controlled load that doesn't move around on your back but still allows 5 days worth of food and gear to be carried comfortably.
|Gossamer Gear Mariposa Rucksack |
The ultra lightwieght Mariposa builds on the popular features of the stalwart G4 backpack, effectively incorporating the "dual use" technique of ultra lightweight backpacking. Your sleeping pad (NightLight, Z-Lite/Z-Rest, Thermarest® 3/4 length, or other 20"-wide pad) becomes part of the pack frame by inserting into the back of the pack
|Gossamer Gear G4 Rucksack |
The G4 is designed to effectively incorporate the "dual use" technique of ultralight backpacking. Your sleeping pad (NightLight torso, Z-Lite/Z-Rest, Thermarest® 3/4 length, or other 20"-wide pad) becomes the pack frame by inserting into the back of the pack. This way it can be extracted during rest stops to sit/lay on without unpacking your pack.
|Terra Nova Laser Photon |
The Laser Photon 1 is the Guiness World Record Holder for the lightest two-skin tent commercially available. Breaking new ground for lightweight tents Terra Nova have created the definitive racing tent for Mountain Marathons and Adventure Races.
|Thermarest ProLite Sleeping Pad - Short Length |
ProLite mattresses are tailor-made for anyone seeking three-season comfort with a priority on minimal weight, maximum compactness and, of course, quality. Now lighter and more compact than the previous ProLite 3 mattresses.
Ultra Lightweight Hiking Equipment
Here's a selection of articles and general comments on the world of lightweight hiking:
|Autumn Gear List|
The Lake District isnt the harshest place in the universe (thats HD189773b, a planet with 4000mph winds that rains glass) but on some days in autumn it can get a little chilly. So Ive threw my shorts and polyester tees in the bottom of the wardrobe to fester for the winter and dug out my warmer stuff.
|The 10 Lightest Hiking Stoves available in the UK June 2015|
When youre buying a stove, the weight of the actual stove is the least of your problems, unless its your grandmas AGA. In all of the products Ive listed below the heaviest cooking related item is always the fuel, so it seems pointless just to concentrate on the stove weight when the real issue is the cooking system weight.
|The Lightest 50 Litre Rucksacks - April 2013|
I love my 50 litre Golite Jam rucksack, we only sleep together on camping trips (and maybe the occasional night at home when Im lonely), but we have a reasonable relationship and a mutual respect for each other. I think 50 litres is the perfect size for a few days hiking in the summer...
|Comfy Lightweight Sleeping Mats|
I have trouble sleeping in my own king-sized bed at home so imagine what Im like hiking. If possible I would carry my Coleman Comfort airbed and rechargeable pump with me always, but since it weighs 2.3 kg and wont fit in my tent, I don't. Here's my thoughts on comfy lightweight sleeping mats...
|Condensation in single walled tents |
I don't know about you but when I'm sleeping I find it slightly irritating having water splashed in my face. Because of this little foible, I've decided to offer up a few handy tips on how to keep the waters at bay.
|Finally- scientific proof that you need a lighter load|
You wouldn't dare argue with Sir Isaac Newton would you? I know he got bonked on the head with an apple but we all do daft things.
The main concern for us walkers is that Newton discovered the reason we need to lighten the load of our rucksacks.
|It's not just a 12g meths stove - it's a full cooking system |
It's a stove and it weighs 12g - about the same weight as the bottom third of a pepsi can - and that's because it is the bottom third of a pepsi can.
If you are mechanically minded you can make one of these yourself. I like my fingers un-severed and I love my blood so much I like it to remain underneath my skin so I didn't attempt it.
|Lightweight Hiking Gear List Suggestions |
Okay, you're a hunk of a man (or woman) and have no problem hiking a 20kg pack 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.
Gossamer Gear exists to make the best ultra lightweight hiking equipment solutions on the planet. Their goal is to preserve the "ultra" in ultralight.
Their lightweight hiking gear includes:
The ultra lightweight G4 and Mariposa rucksacks
The Spinnshelter, 252g single person tent
A 2 person ultra lightweight tarp tent called the Squall Classic
The Fire Fly stove
Antigravity Gear provides quality ultra lightweight stoves and cooking gear such as Pepsi can alcohol stoves. Their vision is to provide the best ultralight camping gear available and support organizations that develop and maintain the trails and wilderness.
Their hiking gear includes:
The Antigravity gear stove, 12g
The ultra lightweight cook set, all you need for under 300g
Antigravity Gear Cooking cozies
Lightweight stove windshields
Equinox's enthusiasm for the outdoors was their initial catalyst for making and distributing gear and it remains as strong as ever.
Their selection of ultra lightweight hiking gear includes:
The Pamola and Katahdin rucksacks
Some very lightweight stuff sacks
An incredibly lightweight bivy bag
Integral Designs has been making serious expedition gear since 1986. Their customers keep coming back with suggestions on how they can make their gear more lightweight and more versatile.
Their fast and light gear is designed for self propelled adventurers doing short trips into the outdoors. Integral Designs have long been known for innovation, for being an early adopter on new materials and for building functional products.
Their lightweight hiking gear includes:
The ultra lightweight Silshelter, 2 person tent weighing 470g
The SilPoncho, lightweight tarep and poncho
The SilCape, fully waterproof cape weighing 140g
Since its founding in 1998 GoLite has been dedicated to helping people lighten up to enjoy the outdoors more, whatever their activity. Founders Demetri and Kim Coupounas wanted to offer products that would enable outdoor enthusiasts like yourself to seek out and embrace new adventures without the burdens of heavy and overbuilt gear.
Today GoLite is the world's leading manufacturer of lightweight outdoor clothing and equipment, driving innovation within the sports of adventure racing, alpinism, backpacking, cycling, and running.
Montane is a company run by people with a passion for the outdoors and outdoor clothing for sports and travel. All Montane products are as lightweight and breathable as possible. Lightweight comfortable outdoor clothing can massively enhance your experience of the outdoors.
The essential requirement of comfortable outdoor clothing is to prevent the weather entering your clothing system while allowing excess body heat to escape.
Because it is ultralight Montane outdoor clothing UK has become the first choice for outdoor professionals.