Gear to Roam With
Gear for the lighter side of backpacking.
Ultralite Backpacker A-Sym with Zipper (1 lb 14 oz) | Hennessy.
Sea to Summit Reactor Thermolite Mummy Bag Liner. Increases your bags warmth up to 15 degrees, and weighs in at 8.1 oz.
The Aura (women's specific) & Atmos Series by Osprey is a well known pack among thru-hikers. A pack that stands up to long days on the trail. A nice option when you are contemplating a lighter weight pack but aren't ready to go without a true frame or cushy hip belt.
Introducing the Ice Trekkers Diamond Grip. A small company out of Portland, OR their products have been around for awhile, but are only now getting much deserved face time from year round outdoor re-creationists. We used these in 2010 on the Pacific Crest Trail, they held up well, didn't deform our trail runners, and were great when jockeying between countless avenues of mud and snow- providing great traction on both surfaces.
NeoAir XLite Sleep System. If you are having a hard time imagining your sleep system here is the general idea to get you started thinking of your own customized sleeping system.
Go Lite's UltraLite 800 Fill 3-Season Quilt (Regular Length) weighs in at 1 1b 7 oz. There are definitely other sleeping bags and quilts out there that boast a greater weight savings but for this weight and the new price tag it is something to think about. Go Lite is now selling to directly to the consumer, which means lower prices. Most of their sleeping bags are out of stock until August, but check them out.
This Katadyn Vario packpacking water filter is awesome. Just dip the extension into a stream or pond and pump the handle. It filters out 99.99999% of all water born bacteria and metals. I've used it before in water that I wouldn't wash my hands in and it came out the other side clear and tasted good. A must have! Just $77 bucks to save you from having projectile diarrhea from drinking bad water!
Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter. This is definitely a luxury item, as you can find many other water treatment methods out there that are much lighter. The Vario has proven it's weight is worth it though, especially after a long day on the trail- the rate at which it fills up a water bottle is effortless.