20l, 470g, Make it myself
Custom 20l no bullshit backpack.
Mylar Snack Bag Ground Cloth
30"x74", 75g, Free from Thailand
Mylar Sunflower Seed snack package wrapper works excellent as a ground sheet.
Incredibly light, durable and it's silvered surface even reflects heat. Lasts
about 2 years.
Eureka Gossamer Bivy/Tent
1104g, $89 from http://www.campmor.com
An ultra-light and all around excellent tent with full no-see-um netting and an
optional rainfly. I have been using this tent exclusively for the past 4 years
and it is still my favorite. Lasts about 4 years.
One of the cheapest tents on the market. Versatile with both the no-see-um and
rainfly options. After modifications it weighs in around 2lbs and only requires
3 stakes. Packs incredibly small.
It's bright yellow rain fly makes it hard to go stealth (It now comes in
charcoal grey). Would be better and even 1/2 lb. lighter if the rainfly were
made from SilNy and were detachable. I am working on this modification...
Titan Titanium Tent Stakes
10g, $3 from http://www.equipment-camping.com/titanium-tent-stakes.htm
I use the 'light duty' ones which are a little flimsy, but good enough. Unless
they are in easy dirt I usually have to bend them back into shape. I have been
using for 3 years without problem.
ThermaRest Extreme 3/4 Sleeping Pad
466g, $60 from http://www.EMS.com
Too heavy for a thru-hiker but packs damn small and is decently comfortable. I
have been using for 3 years without problem.
Western Mountaineering Highlite Sleeping Bag
488g, $220 from http://www.backcountrygear.com
Without a question, the best 40f bag I have used. Packs into a 2l bottle and
weighs in at only 1lb. My only complaint is the lack of a draft tube along the
zipper. I have been using for 2 years without problem.
GroovyGear Silk Sac Bag Liner
100g, $39 from http://www.GroovyDomain.com
What can I say? It's the best sleeping bag liner available. Ultra-light yet
roomy and silky soft. Perfect fit for Western Mountaineering Highlite. Lasts
about 2 years.
GroovyGear Convertibles shorts/pants
154g, $29 from http://www.GroovyDomain.com
What can I say? It's the best and lightest convertible shorts/pants available.
Ultra-light yet tough as nails and silky soft. Can even use the pant legs as a
hat when the sun beats down. Lasts about 1 year.
Mountain Hardwear Wicked-T T-Shirt
120g, $29 from http://www.altrec.com
Light weight and fast drying synthetic. Silky feel, comfortable in both heat and
cold. A loose fit and a few ugly logos sewn or printed in. Snags easily on
things. Lasts about 1 year.
Patagonia Silkweight Capilene T-Shirt
110g, $31 from http://www.altrec.com
Recently found these t-shirts to replace the hard to find Wicked-T. Lighter,
silkier, and more comfortable then the Wicked-T and it doesn't snag as much.
More fashionable cut and without any ugly logos! Much preferred. Lasts about 1
Smartwool Hiking Lowcut Socks
55g, $11 from http://www.sockco.com
A warm, comfortable and minimal wool sock without the itch. Lasts about 1 year.
EMS Silk Thermal Top
115g, $30 from http://www.ems.com
A basic silk long underwear top. Silk has the best warmth to weight ratio.
However, it is delicate and if worked hard it will tear. A stronger but heavier
synthetic option is the EMS Capilene. EMS is good cause they have the lifetime
no-questions-asked warrantee. Lasts about 1 year.
EMS Silk Thermal Bottom
115g, $30 from http://www.ems.com
A basic silk long underwear bottom. The same qualities as the top.
EMS Tsunami GoreTex Rain Jacket
412g, $127 from http://www.ems.com
Nice and light 'water proof and breathable' quality rain jacket. A bit too many
zippers and pockets. Requires special care. Lasts about 2 years.
Red Lodge Pseudo-Gore Rain Jacket
351g, $89 from http://www.campmor.com
Nice and light 'water proof and breathable' quality rain jacket. A simplified
version of the real thing. Requires special care. Lasts about 2 years.
EMS Tundra 200-Weight Fleece Jacket
365g, $36 from http://www.ems.com
Simple and effective fleece jacket without all the bullshit. Stuffs inside the
Polartec Hat for storage and a good pillow. Lasts about 3 years.
EMS Micro Dome Uni Polartec Fleece Hat
35g, $15 from http://www.ems.com
Warm, light, and comfortable. Excellent multi uses as a blinder, pillow cover,
and fleece jacket stuff sack. I use it almost every day. Lasts about 3 years.
400g, $20 from http://www.ems.com
The golden standard for travel footwear. Carrying boots is too much. It's all I
use. Starts to fall apart after 6 months. Lasts about 1 year.
Dr. Bronner Bar Soap
144g, $3 from http://www.campmor.com
The golden standard for travel soap. I prefer Peppermint but Tea Tree should be
antiseptic. Used also for hair and to shave. Fits perfectly into GroovyGear Soap
Skin. Lasts about 6 months.
GroovyGear Soap Skin
Under 1g, Make it myself
A simple SilNy pouch fitting exactly a Dr. Bronners to replace the soap dish.
Simply use it like a roll on and the soap lasts much longer. Quick drying, no
mess in your pac.
Eco-Dent Tooth Powder
30g, $6 from Grocery
Ultra-Bright with Flouride. No messy tubes and a little lasts forever. 10g lasts
nearly a year! Maybe not so good, I just got 4 cavities ;(
GroovyGear Combo ToothBrush/Shaver
7g, Make it myself
Combines an Oral-B toothbrush head and a Gilette Sensor shaver head into one.
Lighter then even a plastic disposable shaver, but much better. Saves 35g over
separate toothbrush and shaver. Brush head lasts about 3 months. Shaver blade
lasts about 1 month.
3M Ultrathon Mosquitoe Cream
73g, $7 from http://www.tackledirect.com
Comes in 2oz tube that doesn't leak all over your bag. A little is all it takes
and it lives up to it's 12h claim. No smell and non greasy. That and Permethrin
is all I use anymore.
Princeton Tec Eclipse LED Light
6g, $10 from http://www.campmor.com
Finally a waterproof version of the Pulsar! Small and light and lasts forever on
a couple watch batteries. Easy to lose.
Pepsi Can Stove
10g, Free from http://www.pcthiker.com/pages/gear/pepsistove.shtml
An impressively small and simple stove that you can easily build yourself.
Small, light, failproof, and burns a half hour on 50ml of alcohol. Pure 100%
alcohol works much better then 70%.
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