Build an Ultralight Backpacking Kit for $600

Super light and super cheap

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Going ultralight just makes sense. The lighter your gear, the longer, faster, and more comfortably you can hike. The problem is that ultralight gear is usually bitterly expensive. If high costs have been keeping you from shaving ounces from your kit, you're in luck. Through the end of the month, major retailers are selling some of our best-reviewed ultralight gear for up to 50 percent off. We put together a full ultralight backpacking kit (minus a few choice extras like a water filter and trekking poles) that will have you keeping up with thru-hikers, all for just over $600. 

Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack ($139; 30 percent off)


Weight: 2 pounds 2 ounces

One of the most popular thru-hiking packs, the Crown2 has all the bells and whistles you need, like compression straps, a ventilated back panel, and stretch pockets on the shoulder straps hold cell phone or earbuds, but still weighs barely over two pounds. Going on a shorter trip? The roll-top closure accommodates varied load volumes making it just as easy to use this pack for an overnight as it is for a week-long adventure. 

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Exped Versa 41 Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag ($132; 30 percent off)


Weight: 1 pound 11.8 ounces

This 41-degree bag is perfect for summer trekking or your winter ski-hut trip. Packed with 650-fill down, it cinches down tight to trap your body heat, and the hood is large enough for a pillow.

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Big Agnes Q Core SLX Sleeping Pad ($104; 25 percent off)


Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce

Don’t sacrifice comfort in favor of lightness—this pad is four inches thick for dreamy nights in the tent. The two-piece valve allows one-way inflation and quick deflation in the morning. When packed down, this pad is about the size of two baseballs.

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Mountain Hardwear Hylo 2 Tent ($178; 40 percent off)

(Mountain Hardwear)

Weight: 3 pounds 9 ounces

The single-wall hybrid design of the Hylo 2 tent shaves weight while still maintaining the protection of a traditional double-wall. Fully waterproof, this tent is big enough for two people. 

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Snow Peak GigaPower Stove ($22; 45 percent off)

(Snow Peak)

Weight: 3.25 ounces

Weighing just over three ounces, this stove gives you plenty of power without the weight. The flame can be reduced to a real simmer for actual cooking in the backcountry. Pack it down small in the included hard-plastic carrying case. 

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Snow Peak Trek 1400 Titanium Cookset ($44; 26 percent off)

(Snow Peak)

Weight: 7.4 ounces

Lighten up your cookset with this titanium pot, pan, and carrying case. The whole package weighs barely more than seven ounces but doesn’t skimp on features. The pot holds four cups of liquid and the lid doubles as a frying pan.

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