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For those with short torsos, this is a lightweight and durable pack, with some clever design features.
Lightweight, frameless, water-hauling, 3300 ci backpack with lots of features - too many for non-adventure racers.
Lightweight for the volume, plenty of weight-carrying capacity, and user-friendly features, although the water bottle pockets could be more easily accessible.
Tough, tiny (1525 ci) frameless daypack or overnight pack for minimalists.
A poncho/tarp is a good choice for SuperUltraLight backpacking. With this one you get a good shelter, rainwear, and pack cover for only 7 ounces.
Why use a silnylon poncho/tarp when spinnaker is lighter? The answer may surprise you.
Improves on the classic (now discontinued) GoLite Breeze, and cuts the weight by a third.
It’s made of spinnaker fabric and must be "handled with care," but the volume to weight ratio will knock your socks off!
A well-designed, low volume 4.4-ounce pack for dayhikes or SuperUltraLight overnights.
A comfortable and lofty 14-ounce jacket with some nice features, but missing ultralight appeal.
Full three-season (non-bomber) weather protection for one person for only 11.2 ounces including guylines and stakes.
Minimal features and prone-to-abrasion-damage spinnaker fabric make this the lightest 2000-cubic inch backpack on the market.
We found a “sleeper” - the Feather-Lite has 1.5 inches more loft than specified.
Lofty, light, warm, and durable for its weight - although it does lose a few feathers at the seams.
The MontBell Down Inner Jacket is only $139, but lacks the loft of the leading jackets.
The lightest down jacket on the market.
What a conundrum! The upgraded pack has some great improvements, and is now an outstanding value, but (darn it) it's also heavier.
A waterproof sleeping bag may sound like overkill, until you think about the possibilities – like sleeping under the stars without getting damp or wet insulation, and leaving the bivy sack at home.
Not the lightest snowshoes we tested, but wonderful performers.
Durable, resistant to compression, and very comfortable for the weight, but a couple of extra inches would be nice.