Getting into lightweight backpacking can be an intimidating road. With so much different gear on the market and so many new things to learn, coupled with the wealth of differing opinions online, it’s tough to know where to start. Over the years, we’ve digested a lot of information, both in the field and online, and come up with what we see as the best middle ground kit available on the market. It’s entirely up to you to leave out a lot of items for a featherweight, minimalist kit, or add a lot for a plush (but heavy) car camping simulation, but here we present you with the balanced load, a ten pound base weight with all the amenities needed for a good extended stay in the wilderness.
Base weight is essentially all your gear, minus consumables, worn clothing and fuel. What you see in front of you is a versatile lineup, useful for a backyard overnight or a month long trek through the Alaskan bush, and the list can be easily tweaked to accommodate for specific conditions. Each item is usually interchangeable with several other cutting edge items on the market, so don’t hesitate to ask about the options, and then get out there and test it for yourself!
It is incredible the possibilities that open up once you reduce the weight on your back, and we are here to help you get there!
ProLite Gear Sub 10 Pound Gear List
TOTAL BASE WEIGHT: 4500g/158.7oz/9.92lbs
COOKING/HYDRATION/ETC WEIGHT Snow Peak Lite Max Titanium Stove
Titanium iso-butane canister stove.
53g/1.9oz Evernew Non-Stick Pot with Handle 0.9L titanium cooking pot.
Perfect for one or two people.
129g/4.6oz MSR Titan Cup 400 ml titanium cup 59g/2.0oz Snow Peak Spork Titanium Spork 15g/0.6oz Evernew 1.5L Water Carry
1.5L collapsible water bottle for use with Sawyer Mini Filter.
15g/0.6oz Sawyer Mini Filter
An absolute 0.1 micron water filtration system.
39g/1.4oz Black Diamond Spot
The perfect “do-it-all” headlamp.
90g/3.2oz AMK 0.7 First Aid Kit
Perfect for treating basic injuries in the backcountry.
COOKING/HYDRATION/ETC TOTAL WEIGHT: 642g/22.6oz/1.42lb
SHELTER/SLEEP SYSTEM WEIGHT Big Agnes Scout UL2
Single Wall 2 person shelter.
956g/33.7oz Thermarest NeoAir X Lite
2.5″ inflatable sleeping pad with an R-Value of 3.2.
350g/12.3oz Exped UL Air Pillow Inflatable Pillow
Size Medium, ultralight inflatable pillow.
58g/2.0oz Western Mountaineering Summerlite
32° summer weight down sleeping bag.
SHELTER/SLEEP SYSTEM TOTAL WEIGHT: 1906g/67.2oz/4.20lb
Clothing WEIGHT Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket
Wear around camp and to bed for added warmth.
208g/7.3oz Montane Minimus Mountain Jacket
Fully waterproof and fully featured rain coat.
232g/8.2oz Patagonia Houdini Wind Pant
Highly water resistant and fully windproof pants.
98g/3.5oz Western Mountaineering Flash Bootie
Down bootie for around camp or supplemental sleep insulation.
127g/4.5oz Western Mountaineering Flash Pant
Down pant for around camp or as supplemental sleep insulation.
CLOTHING TOTAL WEIGHT: 845g/29.8oz/1.86lb
Packing WEIGHT Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider
2400 cu in/40L frameless cuben fiber hybrid backpack with two aluminum stays. Comfortable carry to 30+ lbs.
846g/29.8oz Hyperlite Mountain Gear Cuben Fiber Stuff Sack
Size Large stuff sack.
14g/0.5oz Granite Gear eVent Uberlight CTF3 Drysack
Size Small (13L) waterproof roll-top stuff sack for sleeping bag.
PACKING TOTAL WEIGHT: 880g/31.0oz/1.94lb
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS WEIGHT With this sub 10 pound gear list you have 8 ounces(226.8 grams) left over for miscellaneous items like tooth brush, tooth paste, lip balm, sun screen, lightweight knife, a lighter, etc. Just be sure to repackage items into the smallest and lightest weight containers that are practical to use. 226.8g/8oz
MISCELLANEOUS TOTAL WEIGHT: 227g/8oz
Excellent – thank you for putting this list together.
Under clothing, you don’t have any shirts, hiking pants, socks, hat, gloves or underwear listed. I’m sure this must have been an oversight as no backpacker would/should go into the backcountry without those most basic items.