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Oboz Yellowstone II     Photo: Courtesy of Oboz

Q:

Help! I need light backpacking gear.

What's the best lightweight gear for a weekend backpacking trip?

A:And, of course, with a lighter load on your back, you can wear lighter boots. Which is great—shedding an extra ounce on your feet feels like shedding a pound more up top. Oboz's Yellowstone II boots ($150) are light, offer good support, and keep you on the trail with grippy soles. I’m also fan of Scarpa boots, like the lightweight Cyclone GTX ($150). They're made with leather and nylon uppers, a Gore-Tex booty, and an excellent Vibram sole. You won't find a better weekend boot around.

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