Ingenious Ultra Lightweight Camping Gear

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Camping in style doesn’t mean having to cart around the weight of the world on your back or in your car boot. These days lighter materials and clever design are providing superb ultra light solutions to make getting out in the wild a whole less burdensome.
 
From compact stoves to featherweight tents, we’ve rounded up the best lightweight camping gear, to help you experience the great outdoors in comfort.

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MSR Flylite Tent


If you’re talking lightweight, this MSR tent is the ultimate. Ideal for summer backpacking exploits, this single wall two-man shelter uses your walking poles to shave weight down to a unicorn-like 710 grams.

In spite of the featherweight billing, the Flylite still has heavyweight taped seams and DuraShield-coated nylon fabrics (10D on the walls and 20D on the floor) to keep the weather at bay, and even an awning to keep the rain off your boots. 

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PHD SummerLite Down Jacket


Even in the summer it gets nippy when the sun goes down, and being cold is no fun for anyone. Luckily the PHD team have come up with a hyper-light solution in the form of the PHD SummerLite.

Weighing in at a mere 180 grams, the SummerLite will keep you warm down to 5 degrees thanks to its 1000 fill power European Goose down fill, and it’ll keep you dry too, as its outer fabric is Water-resistant Ultrashell. 

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Osprey Atmos


Osprey know a thing or two about rucksacks, and  the Atmos shows off this expertise in spades. The big news is the AntiGravity back system, which in conjunction with mesh hipbelt and 3D mapped back panel prevents that sweaty back syndrome over the summer months.

The belt is also designed to hug tighter as the pack is loaded, helping weight distribution, and at it’s lightweight too - just under 2kgs.

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Primus Lite + Stove


Weighing at a mere 390 grams, the  Primus Lite + all-in-one stove is super-efficient with your gas (59mins cooking time on a small 100g gas cartridge) thanks to an energy-frugal laminar flow burner.

It’s all in one, so no need to carry anything else - the lid even reverses and becomes a cup. When you’re done everything packs back into the boiler cup for easy camp-striking. 

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OMM Mountain Raid 1 Sleeping Bag


Designed for the Original Mountain Marathon, the Raid 1 weighs just 400g, and packs down to the size of a grapefruit.

With a Pertex Quantum shell and cutting-edge Primaloft Gold insulation it’ll keep you warm even in slightly damp conditions, which is a must in the UK. 

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Thermarest NeoAir Xlite


A comfortable mat is the key to a good night’s sleep, and this Thermarest NeoAir Xlite is one of the best out there.

Self-inflated and weighing in at 350 grams it packs smaller than a water bottle and ensures you’ll sleep like you’re at home on a mattress.

Clever internal baffles reflect heat too, so it insulates you from the ground better than ever before. Top tip - if you’ve not a six-footer, consider the women’s version, as it’s warmer, shorter and slightly lighter. 

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Enerplex Kickr IV


Just because you’re out on the trail doesn’t mean you want to lose touch with friends and family, but keeping cameras and phones charged isn’t easy in the wilds.

However, Enerplex have created this rugged, foldable 6 watt solar charger that solves the problem with ease, charging devices as fast as a wall charger in good sunlight. It can be attached to anything from a rucksack to a tent, and only weighs 292 grams. 

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Stormproof Aquapac Pouch


Weather does happen outside, and sometimes there’s so much of it that just putting your phone in your pocket isn’t enough. This is where dry bags come in, and Aquapac have an enormous range to suit any situation, from canoeing to adventure racing.

This smaller Stormproof Pouch is ideal for keeping car keys, iPods and small phones safe from the elements, no matter the weather.

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Thermarest Treo Chair


Admittedly not quite in the normal ultralight camping category, this space-age camp chair is one of the lightest around, and is brilliant for base camp use.

Weighing in at around the kilo mark, the innovative Treo Chair design means you can actually use it like a normal chair around camp without disaster striking, and that’s not always the case with ultralight seats.

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Platypus Platy Bottle


Whether you’re wandering meters from the car park or trekking coast-to-coast, you’ll want a water bottle. This collapsible two litre Platypus  Platy Bottle packs down to nothing and weighs about the same.

Made of BPA-free materials and with a standard threaded neck that can accept a hose attachment for on-the-go hydration or a sport bottle cap, this is super-flexible and minimalist - what’s not to like?

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Tentsile Stingray Portable Tree House Tent


Not the lightest tent you’ll ever sleep in but definitely the lightest tree house you’re likely to find, the Tentsile Stingray literally takes camping to another level. 

Inspired by the way spiders spin their webs, this collapsible triple-hammock treehouse can be secured between three trees, lifting up to three happy campers away from any nasties that might be crawling around down below. Or just provide a brilliant alternative perspective for that epic sunset.
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