Choosing the right ultralight backpack is one of the best things you can do to lighten your load. Your traditional backpacks weigh around 7 pounds, they hold everything you might want, and that’s the problem. If you buy a big bag, you tend to fill it. Manufacturers of big packs brag that their packs can comfortably carry heavy loads, while there is actually no way to comfortably carry a heavy load. Especially when you’re going on a long hike, you might not feel the weight of your bag in the beginning but you tend to notice the heavy load on your back. It will not only hurt your back but it will drain out your energy, as a hiker that’s not a good sign. Choosing a backpack that weighs less than 2 pounds is a logical choice, trimming your bag from 7 pounds to 2 pounds is a huge weight saving, you’ll need to reduce volume as well as weight and commit to a total system. Here’s some quick math to give you plenty of incentive, in your new ultralight backpack you’re going to place a ½ pound sleeping bag, a 2 pound tent, 1 pound sleeping pad, and ½ pound cooking kit including stove, and one pound of rain gear, that’s a total of 8 pounds. You’ve packed your heaviest items and you’re currently carrying only 1 pound more than your old traditional backpack weight empty.
If you really love external frame packs, you can still find some that are truly lightweight packs, but most ultralight backpacks have their internal models. When you switch to an external frame pack, the main disadvantage you will notice that it’s warmer against your back, that’s not a bad trade-off. You will be better balanced, you will be able to bring the pack inside your tent more easily, and with a lighter load, you can coup your back by hanging your backpack on one shoulder at a time. Since backpacker comes in all shapes and sizes, getting the right fit is important. Majority of hikers try to keep most of the pack weight on their hips while another pack light enough so that they can save the entire weight of the hip belt by leaving it off. Try hiking without your hip belt, you’ll find it less restricting. Make sure your backpack has enough adjustment points, some people like sternum straps and some don’t need them, and it all really comes down to your preference. One thing the ultralight backpackers agree on is that with the reasonable amount of care you can enjoy a pack made out of really lightweight material. Ultralight backpacks are not only stylish but they are spacious too, there is enough room in the front compartment to put your ultralight backpack equipment, and there are some pockets on both sides and one in the front, so that you can put your most accessible things there without opening your pack every time you need something.