The Best Lightweight Gear Choices for Summer 2018

We always look forward to our New Season Gear landing at UOG and this year it seems there's even more choice for the Ultralight and Lightweight Backpacker. Three products jumped at us immediately they landed, all under 1kg covering three of the key weight saving areas of Rucksack, Tent and Sleeping Bag.

Lightweight Rucksack

Osprey Levity 60 - Weighing 868g

One of the best rucksack designers in the world are now producing one of the lightest – we had to take note. Despite it being comfortably below a Kg in weight it does not skimp on features. It has a ventilated back, a robust frame, a lid with pockets and ample external pockets for stashing wet gear.

  • Bellowed front fabric pocket
  • Compatible with Hydraulics™ and Hydraulics™ LT Reservoir
  • Cord tie off points
  • Dual access fabric side pockets with InsideOut™ compression cord
  • Dual front daisy chains offer flexible attachment options
  • ExoForm™ mesh hipbelt and harness
  • Internal hydration sleeve
  • Internal key attachment clip
  • Light weight peripheral frame
  • Removable side compression cords
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Top lid access
  • Ultralight AirSpeed™ ventilated trampoline suspended mesh backpanel

Other Packs to consider this year

Lightweight Sleeping Bag

Mountain Equipment Firefly Sleeping Bag - Weighing 590g - rated to minus 1C

These are the lightest most efficient sleeping bags Mountain Equipment have ever produced offering reliable warmth for minimum weight. Advanced design and cutting edge fabric technology, designed for ultra-distance backpackers and mountain athletes. Packed with features to minimise heat loss, such as slanted box wall baffles, an innovative collar baffle and increased down density on the underside of the bag.

  • Plasma 10D outer shell is incredibly light and exceptionally breathable
  • 274g of 90-10 Russian Goose Down with a minimum fill power of 800
  • Alpine fit with EXL system improves loft and maximises thermal efficiency
  • Slanted box-wall baffles throughout
  • Ground level side seams
  • 7 baffle low volume anatomically shaped hood
  • 4 baffle anatomically shaped and offset foot-box Full length Gemini zip baffle
  • Plasma 10D inner throughout

Other Bags to consider this year

Lightweight Tent

MSR Freelite 1 - Weighing 916g

MSR's Freelite tents have been around for a couple of years now, however the 2018 model has a few important updates, firstly the poles have been massively upgraded to Easton Syclone which are much stronger than their predecessors and secondly MSR have applied an Ultra-durable Xtreme Shield waterproof coating to the flysheet which lasts 3 times longer than standard coatings.

Other Tents to consider this year

Your three heaviest items just got lighter, without compromise.