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Absolute Snow Best Ultralight Backpacking Gear 2020


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Ultralight - On The Trail

The longer you spend on the trail, the more you begin to appreciate the lighter things in life.  That stainless steel saucepan and bulky synthetic sleeping bag that once took pride of place in the kit cupboard are gradually relegated to the shadows in favour of their titanium and compressible down fill counterparts.  Little by little, the grams begin to fall and every inch of space becomes a challenge to fill until a compact nesting design is foremost on your wishlist. 

Below, we look at a selection of the best ultralight and compact outdoor kit for hiking and trekking; with designs tailored toward 3-season, lower altitude use where changing weather conditions can be expected.


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Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 

Volume: 40-60L

Weight: 1.16 kg (S/M)

Size: 72 x 33 x 25 cm

100D Nylon-Poly RS

420D Nylon Oxford



Silva Ranger Compass

Graduation: 360°

Degree Increments: 2°

Romer Scales (mm) :1:25K, 1:50K

Magnetic Declination Scale: 60° West & East 

Weight: 32g

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Katadyn BeFree Water Filter 

Volume: 1 Litre

Filter Type: Hollow fiber filter 0.1 micron 

Output: 2L per minute

Weight: 63g

- Removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts & sediment 

- Shake clean EZ-Clean Membrane 

- BPA & PVC free



Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ 

Adjustment: Telescopic, Flicklock

Shaft: 3-section, 100% Carbon

Weight (Per Pole):

- 95-110 cm - 166g

- 105-125 cm - 180g

- 120-140 cm - 193g

Pack Size (cm): 32 | 35 | 40


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Soto Windmaster + 4 Flex Pot Support

Fuel Type: Canister, Isobutane-propane

Output: 2800 kcal/h | 3260w | 11000 BTU

Boil Time (avg.) : 4 min/1 L, climate/altitude dependent

Duration: Burns approx. 1.5 hours with 250g canister

Weight: 87g (with 4-Flex Pot Support)

- One-touch Piezo ignition

- Micro Regulator for cold weather efficiency

- Ledge around burner head acts as a windshield





Toaks Pot 650

Material: Titanium 

Volume: 650ml

Size:  Ø102 x H97 mm 

Weight: 80g

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Petzl Bindi

Lumens: 200

Bulb: LED 

Weight: 35g

IPX Rating: 4

Battery: 680mAh rechargeable 

Max Burn Time: 50 hours

Max Distance: 36m



Gerber Devour Multi-Fork 

Material: 7075 T6 Aluminium 

Weight: 23g

Dimensions: 19 x 4 cm

- 6 function multi-tool mounts to back


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Real Turmat Pasta Bolognese

Type: Freeze-dried 

Weight: 122g (dry weight)

Energy (kJ) 2196

Energy (kcal) 525g 



Leatherman Skeletool KBX 

Construction: 420HC Combo Knife 

Weight: 36g

Closed Length: 8.7 cm

Blade Length: 6.6 cm

Locking Blade: Yes

Carry Style: Clip


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Ultralight - For Camping & Overnight

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Big Agnes Skeeter SL 20°


Shell: Nylon RS + DWR

Insulation: 650 fill DownTek™ water repellent down

Fill Weight: 567g

Weight: 964g

Max Body Length: 183 cm

Pack Size: 20 x 15 cm

Comfort Women: -6°C

Comfort Men: -9°C

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Klymit Inertia Ozone

Fabric: 30D Top | 75D Bottom, Polyester

Weight: 309g

Pack Size: 9 x 15 cm

Size: 183 x 54.5 cm

Thickness: 4.6 cm



Tiger Wall 2

Seasons: 3

Berth: 2

Doors: 2

Vestibules: 2

Weight: 1.13 kg

Pack Size: 14 x 46 cm

Poles:  DAC Featherlite NFL pole system

Fly: Silicone treated nylon RS, 1200mm, PU coating

Floor: Silicone treated nylon RS, 1200mm, PU coating 

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 Sea To Summit Air Chair Kit

 Weight: R 230g | L 280g

 Durable 70D base, 2000mm HH

 - Converts sleeping mats into a comfortable camp chair



Soto Helix Coffee Maker

Weight: 46g

Size: 135 x 120 mm

Construction: 18-8 Stainless Steel

- Inc. mesh bag & 10 #2 cone coffee filters

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