2015 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

A look at my current sub-10 pound, 3-Season Ultralight Backpacking Gear List.

In this video we’ll take detailed look at all of the items in my current 3-Season Ultralight Backpacking system load-out.  This is the exact same load-out that I used in West Virginia during early October for the Ultralight Backpacking in the Cranberry Wilderness video.  On this trip the overnight and morning lows got down as low as the mid-thirties and I made it by using the gear seen.  Now, I wouldn’t take this load-out for sustained expected temps in that range, but in a pinch, at least I know I can get by.  This is pretty much my go-to backpacking system for everything except for winter, from Tennessee up to Maine.

As seen in the video, I use a hammock camping system, running at 9.5 pounds, but I’ll show you some modifications for ground sleeping as well as warmer weather options to save weight (as low as 7.5 lbs), in both the video as well as my different gear lists, which are available on the Gear Lists page of my website, for those who wish to see specific weights, categories, and item descriptions.  Below is a simplified list of the items seen.

Backpack – Osprey Hornet 46
Jacket – Montbell UL Down Parka
Shirt, Long Sleeve  – Md Wgt
Underwear – Synthetic (1 Pair)
Shirt, short sleeve
Hat – Fleece
Cookset Stuff sack
Pot Cozy
Spoon – backup, disposable
Stove – Esbit DIY
First Aid
Sunscreen -Travel Size
Spare AA Batteries
Headlamp – Fenix HL21 w/ battery
Hammock – Dream Hammock Darien w/ suspension
Under Quilt – HG Incubator 40
Top Quilt – HG Burrow 40
Bear Bag Line
Zip-lock Bag – Sandwich
Toilet Paper
Toiletry Kit
Wet Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Knife – SOG Blink
Lighter – Eddie Bauer
Sawyer Filter Bag – 64oz
Water Bottle – 1.5 Ltr, Disposable

9 thoughts on “2015 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List

  1. I am just starting with backpacking and your list and video are extremely helpful, I’ve seen other resources out there but I am definitely using yours as a reference. Thank you very much!

  2. Thanks so much for your informative website and youtube videos. Excellent job with both. Quick question: Why do you use solid cube fuel over gas? My husband and I will be doing our first multi-day hike and trying to gather as much information in order to decide what will work for us. Thanks.

  3. Enjoy your videos a lot! I like to camp, paddle and enjoy nature in general. I also am into ham radio, and it is always fun to combine it with outdoor pursuits. I am curious… How’d you come up with Syntax77 as a name?

  4. Hey Sintax77, I’m new to hammock camping and looking to invest in a 3-season TQ/UQ combo and have been going back and forth between HG 20 and 40 degree Phoenix/Burrow combo. I live in Minnesota and I am looking to camp around here in the Midwest. What are the Max/Min temps you can get to with the 40 Incubator and Burrow? What do you recommend for me? Thanks!

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