Integral Designs VB Sock SPOTLITE REVIEW

Simple lightweight vapor barrier socks that perform their function well.

Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW

A lightweight travel/daypack with 3-point compression, pockets, and hydration compatability.

SealSkinz ChillBlocker and Over The Calf Socks SPOTLITE REVIEW

Durable and reliably waterproof socks, but have a couple of distinct drawbacks.


A versatile and durable waterproof/non-breathable overshoe suitable for snowshoeing, snow play, and snow camping in frigid temperatures, but heavier than we would like.

Manzella Silkweight Windstopper Glove SPOTLITE REVIEW

Stretchy, grippy, warm gloves that weigh only 1.6 ounces per pair.

MontBell Stretch Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW

Designed for minimum weight and maximum functionality, but a little too small for big feet.

MontBell U.L. Thermawrap Action Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW

A synthetic-fill, full-zip jacket with highly breathable stretch panels and thumb-hole wrist sleeves


Creates a very versatile footwear system when worn in lightweight trail runners for snow or wet conditions.

MontBell Versalite 20 Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW

An 11.5 ounce lightweight toploading daypack with top pocket, side panel pockets, and hydration compatability.

Gregory Iso Backpack SPOTLITE REVIEW

A full-featured and comfortable daypack using lightweight materials to keep the weight down.

MontBell U.L. Alpine Down Hugger #3/#5 SPOTLITE REVIEW

Lightweight 725 fill power down filled sleeping bags with unique draw corded foot section.

Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter SPOTLITE REVIEW

A tall trim-fitting Gore-Tex PacLite gaiter that covers the tops of low-cut trail runners and full-height boots equally well, but balks over bulky boots.

MontBell Handy Scoop SPOTLITE REVIEW

A lightweight stainless steel trowel for digging cat holes in hard, rocky ground.

Baffin Outback Boot SPOTLITE REVIEW

Heavy-duty warmth and comfort, and good moisture management, for snow travel in frigid conditions.

Macpac Epic 450 SF Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW

This waterproof sleeping bag functions like an insulated bivy sack - is it worth the extra weight and cost?

Macpac Interwool Mountain Warmth Baselayer SPOTLITE REVIEW

A winter weight hybrid baselayer with a wool layer next to skin and a polyester outer layer to wick moisture away.

VersaLayer Ability Jacket SPOTLITE REVIEW

A unique soft shell jacket with retractable insulation in the torso area.

2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW

The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured!

Catoma Outdoor Twist and Worm Tents Set Up at the Drop of a Hat

New manufacturer of tents with potential for lightweight backpacking, if they make the tents available with lighter fabrics.

Useful New Products From Sea To Summit

Several lightweight, well-designed, multi-purpose products to aid the lightweight backpacker, while reducing our environmental impacts.

Join Our Community

Become a Backpacking Light Member

Forum Access

Unrestricted access to all forums, plus the ability to post and start new threads.

Premium Content

Unrestricted access to all 2,300+ articles, gear reviews, skills, stories, and more.

Community Posts

Post new content to the community including gear swaps, reviews, trip reports and more!

Online Education

Get unlimited access to all our online education (*Unlimited membership required).

Pack less. Be more. Become a member today!

Get Started