Gear Lists

Backpacking Gear lists are available for download in both PDF and CSV (comma seperated values, for use in Excel, etc) format.


Lists seen on my 2018 Budget Backpacking Gear List Video

Sintax77’s Budget Backpacking Gear List in PDF Format
Sintax77_s_Budget_Backpacking_Gear_List in CSV Format

Lists seen on my 2017 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (warm weather & 3-season) Video

Sintax77 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List 2017 in PDF Format 
Sintax77 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List 2017 in CSV Spreadsheet Format

Lists seen on my 2017 Winter Ultralight Backpacking Gear List Video

Sintax77 2017 Winter Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Hammock) in PDF Format 
Sintax77 2017 Winter Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Hammock) in CSV Format

Lists seen on my 2015 Ultralight Backpacking Gear List Video

The first list below is the load-out seen in the the 2015 Gear List video.  It’s also the same system that was used during my ‘Ultralight Backpacking the Cranberry Wilderness’ video in early October, and is my go-to kit for all seasons other than winter.  The three subsequent lists are possible modifications for other scenarios, although I almost always prefer a hammock if possible, as well as some clothing for unexpected low temps.  Each list is available in PDF format as well as CSV format for spreadsheets, etc.

3 Season Gear List 2015 (Hammock) PDF – Sintax77 (My primary system)
3 Season Gear List 2015 (Hammock) Spreadsheet File – Sintax77(My primary system)

3 Season Gear List 2015 (Ground Dweller) PDF – Sintax77
3 Season Gear List 2015 (Ground Dweller) Spreadsheet – Sintax77

Summer Gear List 2015 (Hammock) PDF – Sintax77
Summer Gear List 2015 (Hammock) Spreadsheet – Sintax77

Summer Gear List 2015 (Ground Dweller) PDF – Sintax77
Summer Gear List 2015 (Ground Dweller) Spreadsheet – Sintax77

Other Lists

Sintax77′s Summer Gear List 2013 – PDF format print-out of gear used during my 2013 Smoky Mountains Backpacking Trip.  To see this gear in action, check out the feature length trip video, or the tabletop 2013 Gear List video.  This list is a bit heavier than my more recent 2015 video, but it’s also a bit lower cost as well, utilizing DIY gear and more “traditional” ground sleeping items, rather than hammock specific gear, such as under quilts, top quilts etc.  I would recommend this list & video for those who are just starting to transition into hammock camping and / or ultralight backpacking.

Sintax77′s Summer Gear List 2013 Spreadsheet – CSV format spreadsheet listing gear used during my 2013 Smoky Mountains Backpacking Trip.

More gear lists and alternate load-outs will be posted in the future, stay tuned…

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  2. Hey Sintax,
    I’ve been following your channel for a while now. You have great videos. I wasn’t sure where to post this request. But would you mind making a video on a detailed setup of the Hennessey Hammock please? I just got my Expedition Asyem Zip in the mail today and don’t really know how to set it up. I did buy the Eno slapstraps but still couldn’t figure it out. There really isn’t any good detailed videos on the entire set up that I’ve found. And yes I do have snakesskins on order. So if you could Demonstrate both with and with I would really appreciate it I do understand this is not typical video you do but it would be a huge help. Thank you in advance

    • Hi Steve,

      Good call on the hammock set-up video. I’ll have to put something together some time that covers basic set-up, particularly the knot tying, since I remember it being a bit hard to find a decent video on that when I first started experimenting with mine. Speaking of knots, I’m actually still running the stock strap set-up, although I’ve been looking into switching to a faster strap system for a bit now. I’m just waiting to find the right system that balances convenience and additional weight.

      I’d be interested how the Eno straps end up working out for you. The last ones I looked at closely were the Kammock Python Straps, based on positive feedback on forums, etc.

      • Hey Sintax,
        Just wanted to update you on the Eno straps. I tried them and ended up returning them to REI in favor of the stock straps that came with the hammock. I felt like they were to long. I guess I’ll just have to get better with knots. But yes a setup video would still be much Appreciated

        • I’ve been sleeping in a Hennessy hyperlite for over 6 years now. Love the hammock but the stock suspension system that comes with it will get old fast. It’s worth it to modify your hammock with a set of whoopie slings with biners and straps that comes as a set sold by Jacks R Better (if you’re not a DIY person; I’m not). Here is the link

          If you need help with the modification (not hard at all), visit Hammock Forums website. Those are the experts for all thing hammocks, with tons of helpful videos.

      • i’ve been using the eno atlas straps along with some black diamond climbing carabiners. so far for my needs/ use they are quite fast and easy.

  3. Sintax, have reviewed a lot of your video’s good work. I live in NH and enjoynthe whites and surounding mts quite a bit. Interested in seeeing more on what you use for camera and video set up/editing. You probably have it posted somewhere, I just havent come across it yet. Al

    • I haven’t done a dedicated video or blog post on that subject, but it’s probably a good idea. Until then though, here’s my usual setup: Primary camera is a Samsung H-300 1080p camcorder, secondary / backup camera is a Flip Mino 720p pocket video camera (this was originally my main camera until early 2012). All of my editing and final video rendering is done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. I also use FL Studio for music scoring / sound effects. Occasionally, I do extra effects for portions of the full length videos using Adobe After Effects.

      For overnight trips, I carry one spare Samsung camera battery per day, as well as a usb solar charger for additional cell and camera power backup, depending on trip length.

  4. Bought the pocket rocket knock great thanks for sharing this affordable find! Enjoy your hiking productions as well.
    Mobile Holmes

  5. Hey Sintax! Its Jared (the kid who wrote to you about essentials on a budget and you made a video response). Just wanted to say thank you! Its very cool you take the time to actually respond to your viewers! I just wanted to say that you make some awesome videos, and i will come to you for advice in the future on backpacking as i need it! 🙂

    • Right on, glad to be able to help. Well, actually, the viewers deserve most of the credit – there’s some great feedback that people have posted in the comments section. Have fun!

  6. I’ve been watching your videos for a while now and for some reason I cant seem to remember what coffee you bring with you. I’ve tried some star bucks stuff but there so bad!.

    • I occasionally use the Starbucks Via packets as well, but most of the time I grab the Nestle single serving packets. It comes in several varieties, but I usually go with Colombian. Before you get your hopes up too much though – I feel personally like it’s a little less tasty than some of the Starbucks varieties, but it’s also about 1/3 of the price and readily available at most convenience stores. Works for me, give it a shot.

      • You could try Maxwell house singles they are like tea bags. You also could try making your own with your Favorite coffee and coffee filters. Place a single serve in filter tie the top with some string. . .

  7. Just wanted to drop in ad say thanks for all the videos. I just found you on YouTube and look forward to more videos soon I hope. I love backpacking and always good to see new cool ideas that you use. Thanks and keep the videos coming

    • I live in North Carolina and going on a backpacking trip next weekend in the Shining Rock wilderness area in Pisagh National Forest. I’m doing the Art Loeb Trail. You would love it, 30miles one way but many ways to make loops including Graveyard fields etc. You should def research the area. Art Loeb goes over 4 peaks above 6000ft and has NO trees just 360 views of the Smokey Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway, Its amazing. Def a place to add to your bucket list

  8. Sintax greetings from California been watching all your videos and reviews bought me the osprey hornet 46 (thanks) I want to haul a free standing ultralight tent can u help out a beginner ?

    • I went to the hammock before I ever got any smaller than my Kelty Salida. How minimal are you looking to go? By free standing, I’m guessing you might mean that you don’t want to go the tarp route? Because there are some really lightweight options if you want to go with a tarp that is meant to be used with hiking pole. Not sure what you’re price range is though, because some can be a little pricey.

      • No tarp layout I’m looking at three season does not snow here or where I go the video were u went with a three season tent in the snow I got my eye on it’s about 4lbs I once but not really sure ?

  9. Hey Sintax,
    Great videos and also good gear info. I’ve used a bunch of info off your videos and site. One thing I was wondering about was your GPS. If I remember you were using a friend’s for awhile before you got one. I’ve looked online a bit and they can be very expensive. Can you provide the model you chose and some info on what features you based your choice on? Thanks in advance.

    • I finally invested in a Garmin Oregon 650, but it was quite a chunk of change. Prior to decided to spend that much, I was just about to get the Garmin Etrex. Much more affordable, but still has great reviews and gets the job done. Check it out.

    • Hello Jeff,
      My family has an Etrex 20, and it gets the job done, without draining the bank acct, or max-ing the plastic.

      It takes a bit to get used to it, but its got good maps, great functions, and VERY handy.

      Cheers! -Jeff

      • I was taking a serious look at the eTrex series myself while shopping for a new GPS. Looks like a solid unit and great features for the price.

  10. hey Sintax,

    I hammock aswell and i would recommend that you look at a new tarp not saying you haft to but i started with the same hammock and switched my tarp out with a hammock bliss extra large tarp ( $70.00 ) but there are other tarps that are relitively cheap tarps aswell and in the winter down south you can even use the tarp as a very nice shelter thanks for the awesome vids


  11. First, absolutely love the channel. The videos are super helpful, relevant, and really enjoyable to watch. So thanks!

    Second, I’ve noticed a camp chair in a few of your videos. How do you like it? Can you throw a link up to where you got it by chance?

    • It’s a Byer TriLite stool that I found at EMS and used to take with me until getting a little more critical about weight. It’s not bad for a minimalist stool, but now days I usually just sit in my hammock when hanging at camp, or I just entertain myself by improvising something. Here’s a link to the manufacture’s page. You can probably find it on Amazon etc as well.

  12. Sintax, first off, love the channel. I have definitely used a lot of your tips. Being a firefighter/medic first aid is high on my list of backpacking items and usually carry enough for me and the group I’m with. As I am always interested in what others carry I am interested in what you carry especially since you do a lot of solo hikes.

  13. Heya,

    First and foremost, I truly appreciate the videos you put together. Watching all of your videos helped educate and excite me for my first backpacking adventure recently – two and a half days in Dolly Sods. I would like to thank you for taking the time to record and edit everythign! Anyways…

    I’m new to backpacking and plan to stick to 3-season for a year or two (until I’m more seasoned and have acquired better/lighter gear). After my last trip, I’m thinking that my sleeping system needs some work. Currently, I have a generic sleeping bag I found for cheap on Amazon and would like something that’s significantly lighter and smaller. I noticed you simply have “sleeping bag liner” noted on your gear list and that confused me a bit. Are you taking only the fleece liner and sleeping pad? Is that keeping you sufficiently warm throughout all 3-seasons? If so, do you have any liner suggestions? I already have a sleeping pad that I would happily swap in for the poor quality sleeping bag if a liner is sufficient for 3-season Appalachain hiking.

    Thanks for your help!

  14. Hey sintax i am just getting in to hammock camping and backpacking and I have seen your video on budget gear and what not but the little things in backpacking like should i get these shoes or how big of a med kit should i i hope you can reply soon and if possible make a video on this because i am sure other people have the same question as me thanks!

  15. Great videos Sintax! I’d like to get started with hammock camping. Do you have any thoughts on the Grand Trunk Skeeter Beater Pro? I’m thinking of starting with that hammock. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  16. Sintax just curious i have a chance to get the hornet 46 would you reccomend that pack still after all this time or another one. Thanks

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  18. Hey Sintax,
    I was just curious how you like camping with a hammock compared to using a tent, my buddies and I have always done tents when we went camping, we have recently decided to start backpacking. we have a canoe trip booked and we want to go as light as possible so we were thinking of trying hammocks. none of us have done this before but I’ve watched a bunch of videos and Im convinced its the best way to go. Just curious on some feedback because I have watched a lot of your videos and see that you switched from tent to hammock. We plan on doing just straight hiking trips in the future too so the lightweight would be nice for that as well. Thanks

    • It’s definitely a whole other hobby to get into, so be prepared to spend some extra time and money to get fully converted from tenting to hammock camping. That being said – I absolutely love it and would highly recommend it. I would go with a cottage vendor like Dream Hammock, Dutchware gear etc to get started. My Hennessy system was comfortable, but it practically weighed as much as my previous tent set-up, haha. Had I known what I know now, I would have gone straight to a lightweight Dream Hammock with cinch buck suspension, but hey, live and learn right?

      Eventually, you’ll want to go with a underquilt / top quilt system (trust me you will), but don’t be scared off by the price / research. I spent my first 2 years of hammock camping re-purposing my sleeping pad and sleeping bag for use with my hammock, so there’s no need to jump all the way into things until you know you like it.

  19. Hey Sintax,
    I just want to say I really enjoy watching your videos on YouTube, you have inspired me to get into camping. I recently purchase a Hennessy hammock my self. My question to you is what is a cheep but good winter setup? Due to that I am only 14 I don’t have much money to spend on expensive equipment. I have seen your video on the summer setup but winter is a completely different way to camp. What are the most important things that you need to take during a winter camping trip and what els is luxury?

  20. Hey sintax
    I’m 14 and I’ve been hiking and backpacking for years. Ive really enjoyed your videos and one thing that caught my attention was the Hennesy Hammock snake skin. I have the whole eno set up (singlenest, canopy, bugnet) and i was wondering do the snakes skins work for the eno? Ive been thinking about buying a set.

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  22. Hey Sintax77, I love your videos and look forward to each one. I know you mostly go out for multi-day backpacking trips, but I’d kind of like to see more day hikes and day hike gear lists. I’m new to hiking and mostly just do day hikes because of scheduling and other such issues. I’ve seen you do at least one day hike, would like to see more.

  23. Hey Sintax, new to hiking and need advice on my sleep system. I just bought the Incubator 0 and have the Kifaru 20 degree Slick bag. Should I still buy the Burrow for extra comfort, and if so, would it be a 0 or 20, or could I go with the 40? Keep up the great videos, I’ve learned so much, especially with your gear selection. Thank you for all I’ve learned.

  24. Hey sintax I have a couple of screen shots of the gear I’ll be purchasing and it’s for my ultralight 2/3 day pack so I was wondering if you check it out and give me some tips

  25. Hello syntax 77 my name is Tom and was wondering what kind of hat you where wearing on the three day trip at the pemi loop

  26. Hey Syntax, my name is Jon and I am going to be trying out the hammock setup here in the coming weeks. I wanted to ask if you have ever (or would ever) use a closed cell pad in the hammock. I know you use an under quilt, but I want to try out the hammock before putting both feet in the boat. I was looking at the therm-a-rest z lite for reference.
    Thanks in advance, and keep those videos coming!!!

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  28. Hi Sintax! We are in the process of switching over to Hammocks for my husband and I and our 8 and 10 year old kids. Wondering what brand of top quilt your wife uses? Any ideas where to get the best prices and quality on 3 season top and bottom quilts? Thanks!

  29. Sintax77,
    It’s summer time… and when I sleep in my hammock, I’m sweating bullets. I’m thinking about getting a sleeping bag liner. Is there one you recommend? Could you also do a review on one… and your ideas regarding what’s the best, what’s the best for the price… and is it possible I could just buy a cheap sheet and put the Permethrin on it?

    I’ve watched all your youtube videos… thanks for all the reviews and hikes you have recorded.

    • It’s pretty warm, there’s no reason a regular old sheet wouldn’t do the trick. Simple and effective. My friend borrowed one of my hammocks to try it out on a recent trip with fairly warm temps, and he just packed in a cheap fleece throw blanket instead of a top quilt, and that worked pretty good as well. As far as liners go, I used to use a Sea-to-Summit “Toaster” fleece sleeping bag liner along with a pad for a long time before I upgraded to top and bottom quilts. It zipped up just like a mummy bag and took me down to the low 50’s without any issues. I think it was around $40. Not as low cost as the sheet or fleece throw, but the ability to zip it for lower temps is nice.

  30. Dear Mr. Sintax77
    Hello I am a freshman in high school with only the money I make mowing lawns to spend on backpacking gear, but in the few years I’ve been backpacking I have acquired most of the gear in need but I need a new shelter system. I want to know if it’s worth to buy a nice hammock or a nice tent.

    Sincerely, Christopher C.

  31. Unless you were going to get something like a Eureka Solitaire, a Hennessy Hammock is a better value. Depending on how big you are, you might be able to get away with a scout which would save you weight and $. If not, the value is still there. Good luck finding a tent under 3# for ~$150 or under 2# for $240. And quilts are not required. I’ve used a pad with my standard summer bag without issue. I will upgrade to quilts now that proven to myself that I enjoy 3 nights in a row in the hammock. Another option is a cheaper hammock with a net system and a separate tarp. The standard Hennessy fly is a little light on coverage if you expect significant rain.

  32. I have an ENO double nest and I personally find the Hennessy much more comfortable for sleeping. Plus the netting is integrated which is convenient. Maybe the Darien like Sintax uses? It’s cheaper than a Hennessy, although you would need a separate fly. The Warbonnet Edge provides nice coverage for <$100 and only ~11 oz. Jacksrbetter has some nice options, but they are a bit pricier.

  33. sintax77 I love your vids and I am 8 and I love to camp and go hiking with my dad thank you for all off the things that you tell us!!!!!!!

    • Hi Morgan, Thanks so much! That’s awesome that you and your dad are out there camping and hiking – have fun!

  34. Hey sintax,

    I was looking at your 3 season hammock setup and realized you could go lighter. I use these

    Eno Sub7
    Nano Buginator SUL

    and together including my DIY paracord suspension it weighs less, 13.5 oz. Just wanted to let you know because I know you try to use the lightest gear that works and I can personally tell you, it does.

    Thank you,

  35. I really enjoy your hunting camp videos!!!!!!! I have a place in Potter not far from you guys and I went to college at Mansfield. Everytime I miss deer hunting in the summer I just watch one of your videos!!!! Its what camp is all about. Keep it up!!!!!!

  36. Love your channel. I’ve heard you have used gear grams to keep track of your weights, you should check out I like how it’s set up gives you graphics that help you see which areas you might want to focus on. Here’s my set up for weekend trips this year if you want an example.

  37. 77- I’ve browsed through your gear list and looked at the sellers websites regarding the hammocks, tarps, quilts, etc. Please excuse my confusion but the hammock is purchased seperately from both the upper and lower quilts correct? Do you use different quilts for different temp ranges, say winter in the whites and fall in Pa? A you tube video with a full how to using hammocks would be great. How the whole system works.

    I would love to buy without any mistakes since it requires big $. Be well, Brian

    • Yes, you’re spot on. The hammock was one purchase, and the quilts were picked up from Hammock Gear. I do have two different pairs of quilts – a 3 season set, and a heavier Zero degree set for deep winter. Also keep in mind that the mind that the top and bottom quilts are sold separately, so you can pick them up over time, or even choose a different combo of temp ranges. I may have to put together a little video like you said one day. That’s a good idea.

  38. Why does your gear list show some of the weights in ounces and others in grams??? That can get a little confusing. Normally, a gear list is all one way or the other.

    • Well, that’s probably because I’m a little less than normal, haha. I tend to think in terms of grams whenever an item is less than an ounce or so. For the most part, anything on the list in grams is less than an ounce. 28.3g = 1 oz, 14g for a half oz, etc. – if that helps put it in a little better perspective.

  39. Hi there, i’ve been watching your videos on YouTube for a while now and you’ve got me fairly interested in hammock camping. I live in Houston TX, and I would mainly be backpacking in the area. Can you recommend a backpack and hammock? I’ve been looking at the Clark TX 270 hammock but I have no idea about the backpack. Thanks!

    • Personally, I’ve had good experiences with both EMS and Osprey packs. They seem to offer a good blend quality for the price. My friends Gregory packs are really nice as well. Higher end materials and beatiful designs, but they’re also typically heavier and and a bit pricier. If I could have any one pack right now though, it would be the ULA Ohm 2.0. My wife recently upgraded to one and she loves it. Simple, effective, and solid comfort despite it’s low weight. The only downside is that you won’t be able to try one on in person at a sporting goods store, because they’re sold directly from ULA’s website. On the upside, they have great customer service and an exchange policy if the size isn’t quite right. We even sent a pic of my wife wearing the pack to them and they got right back to us to confirm it looked like she had chosen the right size.

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  41. In your summer gear list, I don’t see how you get 14.75 ounces for your hammock and suspension. Using dream hammock’s Hammock Calculator, a 10′, single-layer 55′ wide Darien hammock (they don’t come any smaller) already weighs 14.84 ounces. And, your suspension has got to weigh almost 2.5 ounces, even if you are using the Kevlar tree-huggers.

    • Dream Hammock stopped offering single layer hammocks with the super light 1.0 fabric that I had my Darien made with. In fact, I think I got mine just weeks before he stopped (due to people ordering them without taking into account that they need to be treated much different than the heavier grade versions). You’re best bet now days to achieve a sub 15 oz weight is going to be a Dutchware Half-wit Hammoock in Hexon 1.0 fabric at 10 oz. Combine it with whoopie hooks and kevlar huggers at 1.5 ounces per side and you’ve got a pretty light system. In fact, this is the exact rig I’ve been using most often recently and I just threw it on the scale. Came to to 13.75 ounces, and that’s even including a pair of Adutchable Clips.

  42. Whats up Sintax77, I have been watching your videos for a while, and just started getting into backpacking myself. Im a larger guy (6′ 275) and was curious of your knowledge or tips for hammock camping (brands and sizes) Also im a side sleeper if any of that matters. Also what is the product you use for sending locations to your family so they can track you? Again awesome job!

    • Hi, Jake. I sleep on my side in my hammock quite often, so you should be fine with that. For brands, I would make two recommendations – Dream Hammock for full featured custom made hammocks, and Dutchware Gear for DIY as well as more simple pre-made set-ups (I’ve been using his Half-wit hammock a lot lately). Both of them have a wide range of available fabrics, along with weight recommendations for each type. There are plenty of fabrics that are rated beyond 275. The device I use for sending location updates is the Spot Gen 3.

  43. Hey Sintax77, Love your videos. They are really educational and entertaining.
    I have a quick question.What do you use the mini S-Biner for in your UL bear bag system? Is it to synch the bear bag whereas the carabiner is used to connect your rope to the bear bag?

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  45. Hey Sintax77,
    Just wondering if you have a list of clothing that you and Sara wear while hiking? I am more interested in Sara’s but I’m sure the guys out there (read: my husband) would like to know more specifics about yours. Any particular brands you would recommend? Features you look for?


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  47. Hi Syntax,
    Been watching your YouTube channel for a while! Great work and very good advice!
    Just a quick question, you choose to use the winter sock on your trip instead of just using a cover, is it because you wanted to protect the UQ from the elements?
    Do you ever use the Chameleon winter top cover?

    • Hi, Rick. Yes, I like the Chameleon Top Cover quite a lot for what I would call milder winter trips, in the 30’s and up. It works great for retaining some extra warmth and is less bulky than the winter sock. For harsher temps, I prefer the sock for pretty much the reason you said. It surrounds the entire hammock, including the underquilt. This limits the effect of wind / drafts robbing the UQ of warmth. Plus, compared to using a separate top cover and UQ protector, I have the added benefit of all my body heat being contained in one seamless enclosed area.

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  49. Cheese burger Time!!!!! for the techno geek in you i was order 286 and 287….. good ol times in the computer world…. keep rocking the vids……

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