Companies and companions dealing in lightweight backpacking are sometimes shortlived. Since we have not had business with everybody nor continously check these links, some of them might be dead ends. Please write an e-mail if you have info that is of value about new companies or links or about old ones that have gone to meet their maker.

Additionally you can check the links in Map of shops, where we welcome everyone to add the location of good outdoor shops worldwide.

Theory and inspiration 

  • Andrew Skurka
    Lightweight backpacker and heavyweight adventurer.
  • Adventure Alan
    Personal description on how Alan and his son went from heavypackers to lightpackers.
    The world's leading site and powerhouse for the lightweight backpackers. Costs money, but worth it.
  • Backpacking Lightweight
    Lots of contents on this site on many aspects of lightweight backpacking.
  • Blogpackinglight
    Gear reviews and modification on light tents from an energetic enthusiast.
  • The Bearable Lightness
    Gustav Boström from Sweden, a founding member of Nordic Lightpacking.
  • Chris Townsend
    Very experienced long distance hiker, gear tester, writer, photographer and journalist.
  • Guide for Beginner Backpackers
    Some quick advise for someone considering taking up backpacking. Hopefully lightweight!
  • Hiking in Finland
    Hendrik Morkels is a founding member of Nordic Lightpacking. Lots of interviews with people in the lightweight community.
  • Jim Wood’s Basecamp
    Lots of interesting stuff on silnylon and waterproofing, among other things.
  • Joe's Ultralight Backpacking
    Personal journey into ultralight backpacking.
  • Mark Verber Outdoors
    Very valuable info on many things regarding backpacking and quite a bit of ultralight.
  • Nielsen Brown Outdoors
    Rogers Brown's site. Roger is an Australian living in Denmark and a founding member of Nordic Lightpacking.
  • Patagonian Dreams
    Backpacking adventures of a Belgian couple. Lots of wonderful photographs.
  • Ray Jardine Adventure Page
    Few people have had more influence on modern lightweight backpacking than the author of Beyong Backpacking/Trail Wise.
  • Roaming Dials Roman Dial, leading proponent of packrafting and lightweight backing in Alaska
  • Ryan Jordan's Backcountry
    Ryan Jordan is the driving force behind
  • Southwest Ultralight Backpacking
    Will Rietvield and Janet Reichls page. Both extensive contributors to
  • Thunder in the night
    Joe Newton, a Brit living in Norway, is a founding member of Nordic Lightpacking.

Do it yourself

  • Anders gör det själv
    Great Swedish site for MYOG enthusiasts.
  • Extrem Textil
    Good source for some lightweight fabrics
  • Pennine Outdoor
    Good source for some lightweight fabrics
  • Point North
    Good source for some lightweight fabrics.
  • Thru-Hiker
    Excellent source for lightweight fabrics. A lot of interesting articles on how to sew ultralight things as well.
  • Wings
    The Homemade Stoves Archives. Loads of instructions for, yes, homemade stoves.


    The leading site and powerhouse for the ultralight community. Costs money but worth it.
    British site with lots of articles and gear.
  • Bushwalking Australia
    In FAQ there are tons of info from Roger Caffin, frequent contributor at
  • Utsidan
    Leading Swedish community for outdoor activities cooperating with Fjaderlatt.

Web shops with a lot of light gear 

  • Backpacking Light UK
    Web shop for lightweight gear from the UK.
    Danish site that sells a lot of lightweight equipment from the US
  • Cookshop
    Unlikely name of a Danish webshop that sell some outdoor gear, including Big Agnes tents.
  • Litepac
    Swedish online store specialising in multisport gear.
  • Outdoorline
    Sells lightweight equipment, mostly from European producers.
  • Packa lätt
    Small swedish online store with some interesting light gear
  • Trekking Lite Store
    German shop with such brands as Gossamer Gear, Tarptent, Zpacks and Mountain Laurel Designs.
  • Ultralight Outdoor Gear
    Specializes in lightweight gear. Very wide range of gear.

Manufacturers of (mostly) light gear

  • Antigravity Gear
    Small company with lots of light stuff. Interesting stoves.
  • As Tucas
    Spanish manufacturer of extremely lightweight clothing (mostly).
  • Big Agnes
    Small company that specialises in tents, sleeping bags and pads.
  • Brasslite
    Light alcohol stoves.
  • Gossamer Gear
    Small company specialising in ultralight gear, particularly packs and shelters.
  • Hike-Lite
    British company specialising in lightweight gear.
  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear
    Manufacturers of lightweight gear.
  • Inov8
    Light and innovative trail runners and boots.
  • Jacks R Better
    Quilts and hammocks. Wearable quilts.
  • Laufbursche
    German manufacturer of lightweight packs.
  • Montane
    Light clothing.
  • MontBell
    Japanese company with light clothing and sleeping bags.
  • Mountain Laurel Designs
    Small company specilising in light shelters and packs.
  • Nunatak
    Small company specialising in ultralight quilts and sleeping bags.
  • OMM
    Light clothing and packs for mountain runners.
  • PHD Mountain Software
    Specilises in light down gear.
  • Rainshield
    Light and seriously affordable raingear.
  • Six Moon Designs
    Small company specialising in ultralight packs and shelters.
  • Tarptent
    Specialising in, yes, tarptents.
  • ULA Equipment
    Specialising in light packs.
  • Western Mountaineering
    Leading manufacturer of light down gear. Also heavier stuff.
  • Zpacks
    Manufacturers of ultralight gear