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.
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.
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.
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.