Ultralight backpacking gear on a budget – My cheap hiking gear list

Ultralight backpacking gear on a budget – My cheap hiking gear list

Ultralight backpacking gear doesn’t have to be expensive. You can still find some seriously light weight and cheap backpacking gear at good prices if you’re on a budget.

In this video, I show you a bunch of professional-grade hiking and trekking gear that’s cheap and of a good quality. It’s perfect for long distance overnight hiking and wild camping and won’t cost you lots of money.

Other ultralight backpacking gear can cost over £1000 just for the tent and the backpack! This hiking kit list has all of that and more for just £400.00

Mountain Warehouse Venture 40L Backpack: https://amzn.to/2UFJp5a
Mountain Warehouse Extreme Down Sleeping Bag: https://amzn.to/2GeDJfE
Roll mat: https://amzn.to/2BnztWW
Therm-a-rest Ridgerest Solelight sleeping pad: https://amzn.to/2ScFZdJ
OEX Phoxx 1 backpacking tent: https://bit.ly/2zvtm0X
Polycryo ground sheet: https://amzn.to/2SgNmRi
Merrell Moab hiking shoes: https://amzn.to/2BmztXl
Dare 2B Base Layer: https://amzn.to/2Bqf0AG
Quechua Rain Coat: http://tinyurl.com/y5pbae4s
Forclas Trek Down Puffy Jacket: http://tinyurl.com/yyk2335v
Campingaz Micro Stove (found a lighter one same price!) https://amzn.to/2BnBUZA
CV300 Fuel: http://tinyurl.com/yxsc2e8y
NGT Windshield: https://amzn.to/2WLUiEz
Sawyer Mini water filter: https://amzn.to/2Bo95wd

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Tent – Zpacks Solplex
Plexamid Tent

Backpack – HMG 2400 Windrider
2400 Windrider

Sleeping quilt – Katabatic Gear 30deg Palisade down sleeping quilt

Palisade 30°F


Compact camera – Sony RX100 Mk5

Drone – DJI Mavic Air

Tripod – Joby GorillaPod

Microphone – Rode VideoMicro

Sound recorder – Zoom H1

Flash bracket

Phone – iPhone 8+

Storage – Sandisk Extreme 64GB

GPS Tracking – Garmin Forerunner 35

Power bank – Anker Powercore+ 13400mah

Headlamp – Black Diamond Ion


Shoes – New Balance Minimus trail runners

Shoes – New Balance Zante v3

Rain jacket – Patagonia Torrentshell

Down puffy – North Ridge Hybrid


Water filter – Sawyer Mini

MINI Water Filtration System

Vessels – Smart Water bottles


Stove – MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Fuel – MSR Butane/Propane bottle


Ground sheet

Zpacks tent poles
Tent Poles

HMG compartment pod

Leki Trekking Pole

Thermarest Neoair Xlite sleeping mattress

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  1. Chris Kit Burman-Day on March 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Fave lightweight kit and why? Easy, AlpKit Bru Kit…. like a KetBoil but better and cheaper! Use it for a coffee, to heat a pasta meal or warm up sausages….its perfect and versatile on the hills!

  2. Sea Kayaker on March 30, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Great advice, solid selection for beginners on a budget. Thanks for the video.

  3. jjames05 on March 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    you are consistenly wearing your pack too low

  4. Ryan Hall on March 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Good vid and plenty of advice for someone starting out have used some of the kit mentioned as I did not want to splash the cash until I was sure it was what I wanted to do. I now hike and wild camp with my grandson quality of kit has got better as and when it has needed to be replaced.
    Have walked and camped the North and South Downs with an 11yr old who just cannot get enough of the big outdoors next plan is the Ridgeway

  5. Martin Goodey on March 30, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Great Videos, can you do anything about the irritating background noise which at best is distracting?

  6. Pawel MacPoof on March 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    what is the plastic for, I don’t understand? like a moisture proof membrane for the floor

  7. Wye Explorer on March 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Some good suggestions there Russel. The sack was reasonable as was that waterproof. I called up the thermarest also – I could chop it up as a torso and it would be ideal. I do cold soak and can eat food that way but I’m like you I like a bit of warmth. Any way, good going. Mark

  8. nicholas bell on March 30, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Looking for a good budget friendly sleeping bag- was like stepping into a black hole 🙁 is the one you recommend in this video one you’ve used or just read up on- my head hurts 🙁

  9. Marzuq Janwar on March 30, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    hi, im a new fan of you, youre english is very inspirative and powerful. love your vids

  10. liam burton on March 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I would recommend the Lixada Camping Gas Stove Mini Pocket, it is tiny and a really great bit of kit and not that expensive. I use it all the time. 😀 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B074DQYP4L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  11. phrayzar on March 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    zero sleep on a ridgerest

  12. Fariz Cr on March 30, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    In indonesia you can get 60l good quality carrier only for 37.38 euro

  13. alastair hayes on March 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Great video!! I really found it very useful as I’m just starting out, done loads of day hikes but I’m wanting to try further and stop out overnight but don’t want to spend a fortune .

  14. Robert John Kerr on March 30, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Hi just to say ….. Great channel this is gonna be so helpful for me as I start my wild camping ⛺️ experience this year 2019…👍👍👍

  15. TainoXtreme on March 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Very good video subject. I liked it so much I just subscribed to your channel and gave you a like. What did you like the most, through hiking or weekend backpacking? Very good assortment of backpacking gear in this presentation. Thank you so much for sharing this video. God bless you.

  16. Clay Schuetz on March 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you, very nice, informative video.

  17. Paddle & Hike on March 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Great gear tips and ideas! Thanks for sharing

  18. Zeezee Wildcamptv on March 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Hi russ, great vid a lot of advice that I enjoyed, I’m just about to start my shopping for my solo first wild camp, I was wondering if the dare 2 be base set with running shorts is what you actually wear whilst hiking?, I was also thinking of getting a jetboilflash 2.0 as I’ll only be taking wayfarer meals and 3in1 coffee sachets what do you think?

  19. rotaaable on March 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    I recommend diy windshield that would cost you 1, maybe 2 pounds. Plenty vids on youtube. No need to spend so much and carry the weight (190g?)

  20. MisterD90 Gaming on March 30, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    B een using the Merrel MOAB 2 everyday for the last 5 years walking to and from work 4-7miles depending on other bits, only thing thats worn down is the rubber sole, everything else is perfect! Highly advice Merrel! Also have a second set in box ready for when this pair gets beyond…

    Cant also second the Sawyer mini, have one for Lairig Ghru, super easy and has a nice twist cap you can fit to normal bottles

  21. A.J. Hart on March 30, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I can’t recommend the Sawyer Mini. For a little more, get the Sawyer Micro. It became popular as the small alternative to the Sawyer Squeeze, but the flow rate is just not good if you’re filling up more than a litre at a time, and you don’t want to spend all that time addressing water needs when you just want to lay down and take a nap at the end of the day. The Micro is basically a slightly chubbier version of the Mini with a claimed 3X the flow rate, I believe.

  22. Adrian Harris on March 30, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Great video thanks

  23. Danny W on March 30, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Excellent video, very insightful.

    Thanks for the tip about the Forclaz Trek jacket. I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced down jacket that can fold into its pocket!

  24. MediocreCinema on March 30, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I got my Pocket Rocket 2 for £30 over a year ago.

  25. Jason H on March 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Very surprised to hear the pack name as Ventura. I live in the city of Ventura Ca. USA

  26. McLovin on March 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    The BRS 3000-T stove weighing a mere 25g and costs around £10 is definitely worth purchasing. For good quality budget lightweight stuff I tend to always buy from aliexpress these days, can’t go wrong with toaks titanium stuff.

  27. Metro On The Move on March 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Enjoyed the video. Have not seen a lot of these products in US but I like how you broke down your kit. Just subbed!

  28. S H on March 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    For stove I use a "Boy scout candle". It runs on candle wax.
    It costs around $1 to make and weighs 80g including 2 hours of fuel.
    It’s tiny, very safe and it doesn’t spill.
    On the downside, it’s less powerful than gas, and more sooty. But for me it still beats any comnercially made alternative.
    Look it up, Boyscout candle.

  29. TUZU on March 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Paired with 8 oz. canister all nests in my Stanley single cook pot.

  30. Calvin Hikes on March 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    I did enjoy your video. I appreciated watching it and will return to watch more. I would love it if you wouldn’t mind checking out my channel and subscribing, if you want to. I’m also looking for any advice that you think might be helpful how to make my own videos better. Thanks and cool video!

  31. Daniel H on March 30, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Nice video, I currently is buying and testing out a light but cheap kit so I can go hiking with friends who lack the equipment or just want to try out light options.
    I’ll see where it end up in price and weight, so far I have backpack, shelter, sleeping equipment and rain clothes for about £270 (or just above 2900 norweigan crowns).
    It weigh in at about 3.2-3.3 kg so far.

    How much do your kit weigh, I dont think you said that, or maybe I missed it?

  32. Alex Hughes on March 30, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Awesome video man, production quality is through the roof! I’ve got a few favorite bits of kit that I really love. Gas stove I use is the Blackr ultra light from Amazon, only £5.77 and under 60g! I’ve been using a folded piece of aluminium cooking foil taped to a piece of garden wire for the last 2 years which is still holding up and super light but my greatest discovery has been to replace the £5.99, 600cal dehydrated meals from camping shops which usually weigh about 147g, with a 145g, 540calorie Melton Mowbray pork pie for just £1!!!

  33. Alfredo. III Ancog on March 30, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Hello! Do you have a post about food and snacks for a thru hike?

  34. Travel The movie on March 30, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    BRS 3000T? way lighter and cheap

  35. P John on March 30, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Can you tell me where the links are to these products

  36. Jodz Harrison on March 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Cold soaked foods hummmm no no way he he!! Cool video I have used that backpack before on the swcp Exmouth to Beer really good and comfortable but crap zips! Campfire question…… Has to be my esbit 985ml cook pot !!! I can also fit inside this pot a 100g gas cannister, vango ultralight burner, small carved wooden spoon, lighter and four coffee sachets….. Its like my best mate!! He he cheers 👍

  37. Christophe Outdoors on March 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Great vid cheers. Question on the ‘super comfy’ sleep mat…really? Only looked 1cm thick. Which self inflatable would you recommend for the older camper with a glass back? 😁

  38. A.J. Hart on March 30, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I can see this working fine … as long as you don’t bring more than will fit in and on that small backpack. I purchased a 42L Deuter pack for a multi-day hike up Mount Whitney, but with the bear cannister requirement there was absolutely no way.

    I actually had a tent like the one in this vid as well. If you have that small pack and are a small person, it can do. But as was shown here, the sleep pad pretty much fills the entire floor area and the vestibule barely covers a pair of boots once it’s all staked down. I’m about 26" across the torso. There’s really no room for a good-sized bag, comfortably, in most tents like that.

    But that’s all me. What’s often most important to being able to save money is figuring out just what type of hiker you are. If you want to be comfortable AND UL, you’re pretty much going to have to open up the wallet. But you may find out you’re just a car camper or someone who just wants to go a couple of miles into the trees for an overnight. If that’s the case, don’t buy all the stuff you see recommended by people constantly doing the long trails just to think more of yourself as a hiker. You don’t need the $50 titanium cooking set-up when the $15 Stanley one will do. What you DON’T want to do is end up getting both because you became convinced that the $15 was just a few ounces too heavy.

    I would suggest getting a decent but cheap pack, throw a few layers and such in there, and just do a section hike of 15-25 miles and see if you decide you’re really the sort of person who would enjoy doing that for 5-6 months straight. Most of us are not. Don’t be the person who fancies himself a thru-hiker, buy all the gear, then find out it’s not your bag.

    Personally, I romanticized thru-hiking and had a pretty good set of equipment only to remember later that I’m a goal-oriented person – not a journey-oriented person. I can not enjoy walking through nature for months. I became convinced of that after doing a 16-mile section with full pack in sunny, 85-degree weather with no cover. What I DO enjoy is hiking to the top of a mountain. Ya don’t really need the same gear for that (although you still want to save a bit of weight here and there) because you’re not going to be spending weeks doing it.

    Trying to go UL on a budget is a tough road. As long as you bring almost nothing but the clothes on your back and your Big Three – and are only going out for a day or two – you can get by. What I’ve found is that if you’re willing to carry up to (gasp!) 20 pounds on your back (including the base weight), the world can be your oyster as far as being able to do it on the cheap and you want for very little on the trail.

    BTW, I was listening, empathizing for my fellow Americans wondering what the hell all the measurements meant. That’s why we have online calculators, though. 🙂

  39. Lion Heart on March 30, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    What about self defence or hunting system

  40. anthony christie on March 30, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Just starting out myself,,found your videos very useful so thanks

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