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Best Ultralight Hiking Gear

When planning for a day out hiking in the woods you want to pack light – for ease of carrying – but still have everything you need – plus one or two comfort items. When the weather is perfect for getting out and enjoying nature, bringing a few extra items is always a good idea – if you have the room for it.

Here are a few of the best ultralight hiking gear items to take on your next trip.

TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack; High-Performance Backpack for Backpacking, Hiking, Camping

The Teton Sports Scout Frame Backpack is perfect for carrying all the necessities. because it has a lot of interior room and it’s lightweight. It can be carried by men and women. It has a padded back panel for airflow and adjustable, padded shoulder straps to balance the load without pulling on your shoulders. The Teton Scout is fully adjustable in the torso, chest, and shoulder areas, and can hold enough gear for a 2 – 3-day trip.

Weight:  4.1 pounds. Size: 26” x 11” x 9” (66 x 28 x 23 cm). Color: Black

ECOOPRO Warm Weather Sleeping Bag

This light-duty sleeping bag is waterproof and easy to roll up and put away when not needed. Having a comfy sleeping bag is definitely on the list of best ultralight hiking gear essentials. Comes with a carrying bag for convenience, and rolled up is roughly the size of a football. It is made of durable nylon with cotton stuffing and has a smooth zipper enclosure for easy open and close. The bag measures 83″ L x 30″ W and will fit one adult or two children comfortably. This is a nice summertime sleeping bag, and you will stay cozy and comfortable without getting too hot.

Weight:1.4 pounds. Color: Dark blue

Sleepingo Camping Sleeping Pad

This camping mat offers 2 inches of padding between you and the ground. It’s lightweight (14 oz) and packs down to the size of a water bottle, so it takes up very little room in your pack and you’ll be so glad you brought it. Once inflated, it measures 75” X 23”  and is made of heavy-duty nylon material. It is durable, and you can take it anywhere and sleep like a baby. Works great for side and back sleepers and won’t shift while you’re sleeping.

Weight: 14.5 oz. Size: 8×3.5” Weight Capacity:  350 pounds


This tent is one of the lightest backpacking tents on the market today. It will fit 1 – 2 people comfortably. It’s lightweight and easy to carry,  weighing only 2 lbs.12 oz. It is roomy and made from an aluminum carbon fiber mix. Comes with trekking poles that extend up to 52 inches. The tent folds down small enough to fit in a backpack and comes with 8 aluminum stakes. This tent is quick and easy to set up. It’s so easy, it can be up and ready to use in 1 minute.

Weight: 2 pounds 12 oz  Size: 7ft x 5ftx42” Color: Blue

MOON LENCE Outdoor Ultralight Portable Folding Chairs with Carry Bag

This lightweight and portable backpacking chair is great for camping, fishing, and hiking. It folds down enough to carry in a backpack and comes with its own carrying bag. It has a durable aluminum frame and high-quality 600D Oxford. It is high-quality and priced right.

Weight: 2 pounds.  Weight Capacity: 242 pounds

MSR PocketRocket Ultralight Backpacking, Camping, and Travel Stove

The PocketRocket 2 Stove is a smaller version of the original and is great to take on any type of outing. It takes up very little room in your backpack and heats water in less than a minute. You can boil a quart of water in 3 minutes. Despite its small size, it is very durable and wind-resistant. The folding pot legs are very sturdy and extend further to accommodate larger pots. Weight: 2.6 oz, Dimensions: 5 x 4 x 7.2 inches

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier [+ Filter] Bottle

This 16 oz water purifier bottle makes drinking from any water source safe. One filter is good for 300 uses and does a great job of removing particulates, sediment and pathogens from water to make it safe for drinking. The non-electric water bottle makes clean drinking water in 15 minutes or less. Great for camping and hiking trips where access to water is limited.

Weight: 2.88 oz Capacity: 16 oz of water (550 ml).

TOAKS Light Titanium 550ml Pot (Ultralight Version)

Toaks Light Titanium Pot is lightweight and holds 550 ml of liquid. Great pot size for heating water for coffee, noodles, or soup. It is made of high-quality titanium and comes with a matching lid. Great for taking on a hiking, camping, or weekend fishing trip.

Weight: 2.6 oz (pot w/lid) Capacity: 550 ml

UCO 4-Piece Camping Mess Kit with Bowl, Plate and 3-in-1 Spork Utensil Set

This 4 piece mess kit comes with plate, bowl, cup, and spork and is great for all types of outings. It is easy to carry, because it folds down flat and takes up very little room in your pack. When closed it has an airtight seal. This set is microwave and dishwasher safe, made from durable reinforced glass nylon, and has small rubberized grips on the bottom to prevent the dish from moving on the table while you’re eating.

Weight: 0.6 pounds.

SupFire Headlamp Rechargeable, Cree Led 500 Lumens with Red Light Motion Sensor

This super bright LED headlamp is lightweight and works like a charm. It recharges with a USB cable and automatically stops when fully charged. It has a motion sensor that turns on and off when it senses movement. It has an adjustable elastic headband and is completely waterproof.  It can be washed if it gets too dirty. Great for all types of outdoor activities.

Weight: 3.8 oz.

ANYOO Waterproof Rain Poncho Lightweight Reusable Hiking Hooded Coat Jacket

The Anyoo Waterproof Rain Poncho is lightweight and long enough to cover your backpack. It is hooded to keep the rain off your head and out of your face. It is made of high-quality polyester material with hook and loop closures for a snug fit. The hood is adjustable and the material is lightweight so you won’t get too hot  and it won’t feel too heavy when it gets wet. It is strong and durable and can be worn by men or women. It is rip-resistant and very comfortable to wear.

Weight: 9 oz  Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 3 in.

DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking & Walking Socks 3-Pack for Men, Women & Kids

Merino Wool are the best socks for hiking and backpacking. They keep you warm in the winter and dry in the summer. Cushioning around the heel and toes prevents blisters and the mesh covering keeps everything cool and breathable. These great socks are made in Europe and are of the highest quality wool material. They are designed to keep feet dry and warm. Comes in sizes for men, women, and kids.

Optional Accessories

LE LED Camping Lantern

The LE LED Camping Lantern is a battery-powered light with a brightness level of 1000LM. It is waterproof and rotates a full 360 degrees. It is great for all types of use outdoors and has 3 light settings for customizing to your preference. You can set it for bright or dim light – just the way you like it. It takes 1.5V 3 x D batteries and lasts for 18 hours of use.

Weight: 1.1 pounds

LEGIT CAMPING- Double Hammock – Lightweight Parachute Portable Hammocks

This double hammock is meant for relaxing and to enjoy being out in nature. It is lightweight and designed to support up to 400 pounds. It folds down small to fit in a backpack and can be substituted for a sleeping bag and camping mat. This hammock is made of heavy-duty military quality 210T nylon fabric, and includes all supports, rope, and straps, as well as a carrying bag.

Weight: 1.8 pounds Weight Capacity: 400 pounds


Whether you plan to be gone for the afternoon or all week long, this list of the best ultralight hiking gear covers everything you need for sleeping, cooking, eating, and hiking – plus a couple of optional things for a little added convenience.

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    • Hi Scott!

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