Lightweight Backpacking Gear

TenPoundBackpack is here to help you help you have the best possible time in the outdoors, whether you're camping, backpacking or just going hiking. We think a big part of that enjoyment comes from having the right, often lightweight backpacking and camping gear. After all, why carry a heavy tent on your back when you could carry a lightweight tent instead?

Lightweight Backpacking Posts

Pullover Rain Jacket

Pullover Rain Jacket

By Stuart

Jackets

One of the weakest points on any rain jacket is the many seams and zippers that come in a rain jacket. As soon as you puncture that waterproof rain jacket material you give the water a way to get through to you on the inside. So something like a p...
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Hiking Boots for Women

Hiking Boots For Women

By Stuart

Boots

When it comes to hiking footwear you have two basic choices, which are shoes and boots. Shoes are fine, even ideal for warm weather where moisture isn’t going to be much of a problem. But for colder, wetter months of the year you’re likely to be b...
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Hiking Trekking Poles

Hiking Trekking Poles

By Stuart

Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are a great piece of equipment that not nearly enough hikers and backpackers use. Particularly if you are carrying around a heavy load, hiking trekking poles are a crucial piece of gear to have with you. They allow you take some of ...
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Mosquito Tent

Mosquito Tent

By Stuart

Tents

For summer camping, when you don’t have to worry much or at all about rain, a mosquito tent might be all that you need. A tent will keep you dry, after all, but one of the more important things that a tent also does is keep bugs out. If you are sl...
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Sleeping Bag Comparison

Sleeping Bag Comparison

By Stuart

Sleeping Bags

There's a whole page with hundreds of sleeping bags to compare and contrast. There are plenty of different choices to make when picking out a sleeping bag, and even when you decide on what you want, it can be daunting to really look through the h...
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Fleece Jacket with Hood

Fleece Jacket With Hood

By Stuart

Jackets

A fleece jacket just by itself will do a good job of keeping you warm. But a fleece jacket with hood will do an even better job of keeping you warm. The reason is that a lot of your warmth when you’re outside is lost from your head. It takes a lot...
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First Aid Kit for Hiking

First Aid Kit For Hiking

By Stuart

Safety

A first aid kit for hiking is an important piece of gear to have with you when you get in to the outdoors. For shorter, relatively easy trips where you’re with other people you don’t really have to worry about hurting yourself. Anything that you d...
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Hammocks for Camping

Hammocks For Camping

By Stuart

Hammocks

When most people think of shelters for taking camping, they think of a tent. But there are actually quite a few other options available, like a bivy sack, or a hammock. Hammocks for camping have a few advantages over the average tent. For one, cur...
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Lightweight Bivy Sack

Lightweight Bivy Sack

By Stuart

Bivy Sacks

One of the many reasons that people choose a bivy sack over a tent is that a bivy sack weighs quite a bit less and takes up quite a bit less room. But there are certainly some big, heavy bivy sacks out there that will rival the weight of smaller t...
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Best Sleeping Pad for Camping

Best Sleeping Pad For Camping

By Stuart

Sleeping Pads

A sleeping pad is an essential piece of equipment for going camping. The best sleeping pad for camping will do a few things. First, it wont weigh too much, so that you don’t have to carry around a big, heavy sleeping pad. Second, a good sleeping p...
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