Why would you choose for ultralight gear?

Why would you choose for ultralight gear?Exploring the Benefits

In the world of hiking and backpacking, every ounce counts. As an outdoor enthusiast, you might have heard the buzz about ultralight gear and wondered if it’s worth the investment. Believe me, we all had that thought, but once you have converted to the ultralight side, you will never go back.
So let me assure you, when it comes to hitting the trails, lighter gear isn’t just a luxury; it’s a game-changer. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of choosing lighter backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats, and why embracing the ultralight philosophy can totally change the way you look at your next outdoor adventures.

Transitioning to ultralight gear can be a pretty big shift for everybody that is more accustomed to traditional, heavier equipment often sold through the bigger outdoor retail shops like Bever and Decathlon. And it is often good and durable stuff, but damn it is often oh-so heavy. Initially, the prospect of downsizing and adapting to lighter gear may evoke feelings of uncertainty and resistance. Some individuals may worry about sacrificing comfort or functionality in favor of weight savings, fearing that lighter gear may not provide the same level of durability or performance as their familiar, bulkier counterparts. “If it is this light, it will probably break a lot faster”: is something we often hear, here at Lightweight Outdoor. Besides that, we hear the occasional concerns about the initial investment (wow, that [fill in piece of gear] is really expensive) required for high-quality ultralight gear may lead to apprehension, especially for those on a tight budget. Furthermore, adjusting to the minimalist features and streamlined designs of ultralight equipment may pose a challenge for individuals accustomed to the convenience and familiarity of traditional gear setups. But once you dive a bit more into the world of UL backpacking / hiking you will find that the benefits of ultralight gear far outweigh any initial concerns. And that you will ultimately have more fun caring less stuff on your next adventure.

So we will first cover the “Big 4”: Backpacks, Tents, Sleeping bags/quilts and Sleeping Mats. Because these items often make up the most of the bulk and weight of your kit.

Lighter Backpacks:


  • Enhanced Mobility: ultralight backpacks are designed to minimize weight without compromising on durability or functionality, allowing you to move with agility and ease on the trail.
  • Reduced Fatigue: With less weight on your shoulders and back, you’ll experience reduced strain and fatigue during long treks, enabling you to go further and explore more. Basically have more fun on the trail
  • Streamlined Design: light weight backpacks feature sleek, minimalist designs with carefully considered features, ensuring optimal comfort and organization without unnecessary bulk.


  • Pretty expensive: yes, they can be a bit more expensive than the traditional packs you can buy, but you will have a lot more fun with them.
  • Durability Awareness: Some ultralight materials may prioritize weight savings over ruggedness, necessitating proper care and maintenance to ensure longevity on the trail, this is often because the materials used are a bit thinner than traditional materials. But modern fabrics like ecopac and dyneema certainly are very strong and durable.

Lighter Tents:


  • Effortless Setup: Ultralight tents often boast intuitive designs and simple setup processes, allowing you to spend less time wrestling with poles and stakes and more time enjoying the great outdoors. Especially the case with trekking pole tents.
  • Enhanced Portability: With compact pack sizes and minimal weight, lightweight tents are perfect for backpackers who prioritize mobility and efficiency in their gear selection.
  • All-Weather Performance: Despite their lightweight construction, UL tents deliver reliable weather protection and durability, keeping you comfortable and sheltered in diverse conditions. Sometimes it might be necessary to manually seam seal a tent


  • Single wall tents: these tents without a specific (separate) inner tent can be more prone to exposed condensation. Which can be pretty annoying if you are not used to that.
  • Space Considerations: While ultralight tents offer ample room for sleeping and gear storage, they may have slightly less interior space compared to heavier models, requiring a balance between weight savings and livability.
  • Durability Awareness: As with any lightweight gear, proper care and site selection are essential to prevent damage and prolong the lifespan of your tent.

Lighter Sleeping Bags:


  • Featherlight Comfort: ultralight sleeping bags utilize cutting-edge materials and insulation technologies to deliver unparalleled warmth and comfort at minimal weight, ensuring restful nights on the trail.
  • Packability: With compact stuff sizes and featherlight constructions, lightweight sleeping bags optimize pack space and weight distribution, allowing for easier transportation and organization. Especially down filled sleeping bags compress really good.
  • Warmth to weight: Engineered in a way they offer a great warmth to weight ratio, using premium materials and insulation they find the perfect combination of giving a warm night of sleep without adding super much weight.


  • Premium Investment: While ultralight sleeping bags offer exceptional performance, they may come with a higher price tag compared to traditional options, reflecting the advanced materials and craftsmanship involved.
  • Minimalist Features: To achieve weight savings, some ultralight sleeping bags may forgo certain luxury features, such as integrated pillows or elaborate hood designs, catering to minimalist preferences.


An ultralight alternative for the traditional (mummy style) sleeping bag can be a quilt. Quilts offer a lightweight and versatile alternative for backpackers looking to optimize their sleep system. While they may not be suitable for all preferences or climates, quilts provide a compelling option for those seeking to maximize comfort and efficiency on the trail. Ditching hoods , full length zippers and excess materials (especially where you lie on, that insulation will be compressed anyway and thus can be pretty useless), quilts are a really great way to safe some weight on your camping kit.

  • Versatility: Quilts offer a unique sleeping experience, providing warmth and insulation while allowing for greater freedom of movement compared to traditional sleeping bags. They’re particularly well-suited for minimalist backpackers and those who prefer to customize their sleeping setup.
  • Weight Efficiency: Quilts often weigh less than traditional sleeping bags of equivalent warmth, making them an attractive option for ultralight enthusiasts seeking to further reduce pack weight.
  • Condensation Management: Quilts minimize the risk of condensation buildup by eliminating the bottom insulation found in traditional sleeping bags, resulting in a more breathable and comfortable sleeping environment.
  • Can be worn as a superman cape, which makes you feel so goooooood, especially standing on a mountain looking at a great view.

Lighter Sleeping Mats:


  • Plush Support: Ultralight sleeping mats strike the perfect balance between weight savings and comfort, providing ample cushioning and insulation for a rejuvenating night’s sleep. Don’t be fooled, most lightweight sleeping mats are easily 7,5 centimeters thick and very comfortable.
  • Compact Convenience: Designed for maximum packability, lightweight sleeping mats roll up small and weigh next to nothing, ensuring effortless transportation and storage in your backpack.
  • All-Season Performance: When looking for an ultralight mat, keep the r-value into mind. This is the insulation value of a mat. If you want a decent and warm sleep, choose a mat with a higher R-value.


  • Durability Awareness: While ultralight sleeping mats are engineered for durability, they may require extra care to prevent punctures or tears, especially on rough terrain. We often use a sheet of Tyvek as an extra layer of protection

Why Ultralight outdoor gear?

At Lightweight Outdoor, we believe that lighter gear isn’t just about shedding a few grams of your pack; it’s about elevating the way you experience the outdoors. By investing in ultralight backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats, you’ll enjoy increased mobility, reduced fatigue, and simply a bit more fun on every adventure. Plus, with our carefully curated selection of premium lightweight gear (we try out most of the gear you will find in our shop), you can rest assured that you’re getting the best performance and value for your next adventure.

Ready to lighten your load and maximize your hiking and backpacking potential? Explore our ultralight gear collection today!

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