My 6.7 lb Gear List

Going light has so many benefits to a hiking experience. It means that one can move through the landscape with ease and opens up new areas that could not be reached on a shorter hike.

This gear system does not sacrifice comfort or include any stupid light options that will break or are just a pain to use. In fact, this is the basic system that I have used for over 3 years and put it to the test across many miles, terrains during my hiking adventures. I love everything mentioned below, and I think that it is the right balance between weight, overall comfort and easy of use.

This is a true functional ultralight gear list; it maintains warmth, has full bug and weather protection, and everything is good value for money. It even has a large, quick charging battery pack and a few other luxuries.

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Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Cost (US$)
Backpack 0.9 0.4 $200.00
Shelter 1.2 0.5 $539.00
Sleep System 1.6 0.7 $505.00
Clothing in Pack 1.1 0.5 $506.00
Cooking Equipment 0.1 0.1 $41.00
Water Treatment / Storage 0.3 0.1 $51.00
Electronics 1.0 0.5 $86.00
Random / First Aid 0.3 0.2 $11.00
Total 6.7 3.0 $1,939

Backpack System:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Backpack Mountain Laurel Design Burn Durable, well thought out, comfortable 14 392 $200
Alternative Gossamer Gear Kumo 36 Budget, no hip belt or sitpad
Alternative Atompacks Atom Fully custom, Waterproof fabric
Waterproof Liner Trash Compactor Use as an internal bag liner 1.5 42 $2
15.5 434 $202

Shelter System:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Shelter Zpacks Hexamid Tarp No bug netting, for people under 5″10′ 6.8 190 $299
Alternative MLD Patrol 0.5oz DCF, long and skinny
Alternative MLD Grace Tarp Cat cut
Ground sheet Zpacks Groundsheet / Poncho Twin or flat (for tall people) sized 6.1 171 $175
Bug netting S2S Nano pyramid supprisingly durable, can be left at home 3.2 90 $50
Stakes 4 Groundhog tent pegs + 2 shepard hooks Bigger stakes for 4 corners and smaller stakes for the others 2.7 76 $15
18.8 527 $539

Sleeping System:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Sleeping Bag Katabatic Gear Palisade 30°F Durable, very comfortable around freezing 17.5 490 385
Alternative Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20°F Lightweight quilt but not as warm, budget
Alternative Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20°F Traditional Sleeping Bag, vary warm
Alternative Thermarest Neoair Xlite Small Lightweight 8 224 $120
Alternative Gossamer Gear 1/8in foam pad Lightweight
Alternative Thermarest Zlite, 3/4 length Budget
25.5 714 $505

Clothing System:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Alternative Rain Jacket Outdoor Research Helium 2 Light
Alternative Frogg Toggs Ultra Lite 2 Cheap, dispoable and most breathable in its weight clase
Warm Jacket Mountain Hardwear Ghost Wisperer Down 7.8 218 $265
Alternative Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket Synthetic
Wind Pants Montbell Dynamo Really useful to keep warm when moving, great for laundry cloths 3 84 $90
Wind Jacket Patagonia Tachyon Anorak Really useful to keep warm when moving, clean layer for bed 1.9 53 $90
Gloves Powerstrech 1.5 42 $25
Head Fleece beanie 1 28 $20
Socks Darn Tough Micro Crew Second Pair 1.5 42 $15
Bandana Use under hat to block sun, use as a drying towel 1 28 $1
17.7 496 $506

Food System:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Spoon Lexan Spoon As durable as titanim at a fraction of the price 0.5 14 $1
Food bag S2S Stuff Sack 1 28 $20
Knife Westcott 1.5 inch Titanium Sissors Basic knife and sissors for everyday use 0.75 21 $20
2.2 63 $41

Water Treatment & Storage:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Water Treatment Sawyer Squeeze Filter 3 84 $30
Alternative Aqua Mira Chemical Treatment
Water Storage Smartwater bottle 1.3 37 $1
Water Storage Platypus 2L flexible Compresible when not in use 1 28 $20
5.3 149 $51

Electrical:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Phone What you already have 6 175
Battery Pack Ravpower 10,000MA Quick charge 3.5 hours to charge 7.1 200 $30
Charger Fonken Quick Charge 3.0 To quick charge the battery pack. Also, 2 of these is lighter than a duel port charger 1.4 39 $7
Cables 1/2ft or 1ft 0.3 8 $4
Headlight Pezel e-Lite Extremely light and compact, only good for emergancy night hiking 1 28 $20
Alernative Black Diamond Spot Good for night hiking
Audio player Sandisk Clip Sport Light, durable and saves phone battery 0.75 22 $25
16.5 473 $86

Miscellaneous:

Item Comments Wt (oz) Wt (g) Cost (USD)
Wallet Zpacks Cuben wallet Waterproof 0.3 8 $5
ID and Cash ID and Cash 0.5 14
Tooth Brush Chopped down for convinient storage 0.2 6 $1
Tooth Paste 1oz travel size 1 28 $1
Sunscreen 1oz travel size 1 28 $1
Insect Repelent Ben’s 100% Deet, 1oz travel size 1 28 $3
First Aid 10 x Ibeprofen, tenasious tape, needle, floss in a hard plastic case 1.5 45
5.5 157 $11