Erik the Black’s Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (2016)
I’ve made some changes to my backpacking gear for the upcoming hiking season. I decided to try some more comfortable, durable and slightly heavier gear. I’ve also added a few things I used to consider optional that almost always find their way into my pack now.
I switched to a ULA Equipment OHM 2.0 Pack (one size up from CDT I’ve carried for the last five years), got a new Nemo Tango Solo Quilt to replace my mummy bag and a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 freestanding shelter.
My base pack weight is now 12.4 lbs. Full pack (with five days of food and supplies) is 27.4 lbs and skin-out weight (including clothing worn and gear carried) is 33 lbs. Slightly heavier than my previous setup, but thanks to the ergonomics of the new pack it doesn’t feel like it.
Packing & Camping Gear
Total Weight: 7.1 lbs, Cost: $1,032
Clothing Worn & Gear Carried
Total Weight: 5.6 lbs, Cost: $507
Total Weight: 2.1 lbs, Cost: $380
Cooking & Hydration Gear
Total Weight: 1.2 lbs, Cost: $247
Survival & Miscellaneous Gear
Total Weight: 2 lbs, Cost: $575
Total Weight: 15 lbs
Weight & Cost Summary
How I Pack My Backpack
The way you pack your gear can affect comfort as much as what goes inside. I like to organize all of my gear into into stuff sacks and stack them horizontally inside the main pack compartment. This keeps the weight evenly balanced and close to my center of gravity.
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