Backpacking Gear & Tips : Benefits of Ultra Light Backpacks

Backpacking Gear & Tips : Benefits of Ultra Light Backpacks


Now, I’m going to talk a little bit about
ultra light backpacking. Not too many people do this, big couple years ago, but essentially
what you’ve got is a pack, twenty pounds or less; going under twenty pounds. Don’t necessarily
need a frame, here’s an ultra light pack, which is actually, it’s actually marketed
toward venture racing. But, some people use it for that. As you notice, there’s no there’s
no frame in it, there’s no stiffener, there’s no way for the weight that goes into it to
be transferred to the hip belt. So, what some people do, is they’ll take their sleeping
pad and they usually use closed cell foam, cause that would be the lightest pad, and,
they’ll actually line the pack with this, and this acts as a frame. Again, when you’re
picking a pack like this, you’re thinking lightest of light, cutting your handle off
your toothbrush and drilling holes in it, cutting straps off, all those things. A little
bit here, little bit there to bring the weight down. But, definitely if you decide to use
this method, don’t be one of those people that come into the shelte, late at night bumming
food off of people, make sure that you bring what you need. It’s one thing to keep the
pack weight down, but, you’ll want to make sure that you take what you need. If you have
any questions, give your local outfitter a holler.

11 thoughts on “Backpacking Gear & Tips : Benefits of Ultra Light Backpacks

  1. about the cutting handles off toothbrushes…thats a little misleading. you can certainly get a base pack weight of less than 5lb (that's everything you pack minus food, water and fuel) without having to modify your toothbrush.

  2. He is right about one major thing and that is… bumming food or supplies offf other people. I would not give anything to a minimalist, if i have to carry the weight you are to…youre hungry then youll be collecting flies around your moldy body if you ask me for anything.

  3. my golite is 1lb 10 oz. ive done a 5 day 4 night and it was great but thats catching trout 2 nights for dinner and eating berries found along the way. other ways, i'd have run out of food the 3rd night.

  4. cutting straps off?? lol wtf and putting holes in toothbrush!!! u gotta be kidding me lol i think ill deal with 2-3 kg more lol

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