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GREAT GEAR by stephen regenold Lose Weight


Looking to drop a few pounds? The latest ultralight products will show your knees some mercy.


THE MANTRA OF “fast and light” was for years an utterance associated with a subset of the outdoors fringe. A toothbrush cut in half, ostensibly to save a few grams of weight, was a symbol of the move- ment, which traded comforts such as thick sleeping pads and heavy camp stoves for minimalist gear that could dramatically decrease your pack’s load. For a weekend trip, a backpack fully loaded


TENT: GOLITE SHANGRI-LA 3 $275, GOLITE.COM This modular shelter can be set up teepee- style with a single aluminum pole or your own trekking pole. Three adults can fit inside the tent, which has about 59 square feet of space and a five-foot peak. The tent’s sheen of silicone-impregnated nylon keeps campers inside warm and dry. Floor and mesh tent body pieces are optional clip-in extras. Weight: 2 pounds, 7 ounces (fly only).


with ultralight gear might weigh 20 pounds or less. A longer trip will increase pack weight to an extent, though usually because of extra food and fuel, not from lots of additional equipment. Today, the “fast and light” fringe has morphed


with the mainstream. Camping and backpacking products from most major companies now stress light weight. Stoves can measure


and sleeping bags scant ounces


on a scale. Two-person tents today weigh in at around two pounds—poles included—and pack down to bread-loaf size. The result of all the lightweight gear is


increased comfort and speed on the trail. Sure, you may sacrifice some in-camp amenities—leave your pillow and cot at home!—but most ultralighters will tell you the tradeoff is worth it. You can go farther in a day when your pack is


light. If you crave speed in the woods, the ultra- light equipment here is a good place to start. ¿


STEPHEN REGENOLD is founder and editor of gear junkie.com. Find him on Twitter @TheGearJunkie.


KNIFE: BALADEO 22G $30, BALADEOUSA.COM The name stands for “22 grams,” and that’s the unfathomably light weight of this 6.7-inch pocketknife. The blade, made of 420 stainless steel, locks out for use. It folds down to 3.5 inches for transport in a pocket or pack. Weight: 0.78 ounces.


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