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What is the Best Budget Hiking Loadout For 2019

Today I'm going to cover the best budget hiking loadout for 2019 for Ultralight backpacking which will cover each item here and what the approximate cost would be at the end of the day
Written By: Josh Koop
December 9, 2019
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Its been about 5 months since my last ultralight budget gear was launched and over time I have found and replaced gear with some lighter and more efficient choices. Today I'm going to cover the best budget hiking loadout for 2019 for Ultralight backpacking which will cover each item here and what the approximate cost would be at the end of the day to acquire them all, along with a lighterpack list that you can reference back to if you need it.

LighterPack Details

Most in the thru-hiking world online should know about LighterPack as a website that allows you to add your gear and weight to manage the overall performance metrics that matter to most of us. When I make a list like these I will always link out to their site as it gives you a way to see the overall gear list and associated weights.

Ultralight Budget Tent

The Andake 1 person tent uses trekking poles for setup helping lower the needed extra weight in poles. It weighs in at a super light 1.6 pounds which in the under $100 price range is amazing and the gear for a budget ultralight loadout!

Andake 1.6lb Ultralight Backpacking Tents One Person Camping Tent
  • ULTRALIGHT AND SMALL PACKAGE: Andake 1 person tent is an ultralight tent, only weight 0.75 KG, and comes with a small package(13.78 X 5.31), suitable for climbing, hiking and travel.(NOTE:Main pole is not included, if you need to buy trekking poles, economic but high-quality Andake trekking pole is highly recommended.)
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS : Flysheet is made of double-sided silicone-coated 15 D nylon ripstop fabric,has high waterproof performance of TPU 3000mm; the inner tent is made of high-precision and breathable B3 nylon gauze, the tent floor is made of 150D Oxford polyester with 3000mm waterproof rating, the tents poles are made of 7001 aluminum alloy with high elasticity.(Note: we have video of how to set up the tent, you can contact us if necessary ).
  • DOUBLE WALL DESIGN: You can close the inner tent but keep the Flysheet opening , to prevent the mosquito come in but also keep ventilation inside.
  • STABLE AND WINDPROOF: Adopt 7001 aluminum alloy with triangular V-shaped design,can withstands strong wind.
  • COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN: The top hanging loop is designed for hanging camping light. Features 2 windows on the flysheet, can provide a good VENTILATION. Adopt famous waterproof YKK zipper, more durable.

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Our Runner Up For Budget Ultralight Tent

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo - 26 oz. Gray, 1 Person Tent - 2019 Version
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  • Single Piece Bathtub Floor-Easy Tensioning Adjustment
  • Floating Canopy-Floating Floor-Optimized Sleeping Area. Dual Full Vestibule-High Vents-Zipper Vestibule Closure
  • Center Pole Support -Single Hiking Pole Support-Ultra-light Waterproof Canopy
  • Internal Gear Area-Oversized Screen Door-Extremely Easy Setup-Weights 26 oz.-3 Seasons-Sleeps 1

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Ultralight Budget Sleep System

When it comes to an ultralight budget sleep system you need to look at the best warmth to weight ratio available at a good mix in price. What I did was pair a solid ultralight quilt and a nice R Value sleeping pad which should work for 3 seasons.

AEGISMAX Outdoor Ultra-Light Bag

What else can you say about a sleeping bag which is rated for mid temperatures and temps into the 40s for under $100? There isn't many I have found with a decent ultralightweight along with budget pricing!

AEGISMAX Outdoor Urltra-Light Goose Down Sleeping Bag Three-Season
  • Item:Mini series/Black Large.Can zip together with MINI series regular .Please know in advance:Manual measurement error 2~5cm.
  • COMFORTABLE:800 filling power and great soft skin fabric,keep you warm and comfortable all night.
  • ULTRALIGHT:Net weight only 528g,good for backpacking.Best Budget Down Sleeping Bag for Ultralight Backpacking.
  • COMPACT:Compressed size 12cm*21cm,can be easily fitted into any backpacking,easy to carry.
  • Comfort:+11° C/52° F/ Lower Limit:+6° C/43° F/ Extreme:-9° C/15° F.

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Outdoorsman Lab Camping Sleeping Pad

This pad is easy to fill and very comfortable in my hikes and I can't argue at the cost to performance value which is pretty awesome! We love it so much we did a full Outdoorsman Lab Camping Sleeping Pad Review.

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Our Runner Up For Budget Ultralight Quilt

OneTigris Highlander Hammock Top Quilt, Goose Down, 14°F, 1.8Ibs
  • Goose Down Filling: Fill rate 700, amount down weight 500g, great fleeciness & supple, 20D windproof rip-stop plait nylon shield for extra warmth
  • Solid Winter Bag: Suitable temperature in 23°F ~ 32°F (-5°C ~ 0°C), extreme condition down to 14°F (-10°C)
  • Bottomless Design: Unique hollowed back design for better use of arms and movement flexibility when hammock camping
  • Compact: Weighs only 1.8Ibs (810g), the ideal sleeping gear for efficient packers, with a mesh sack and a nylon compression sack, folds up small for easy carry and efficient storage
  • One Size Fits Most: Fits snugly in all hammocks with a sleeping bag bottom and top quilted upper half | Dimensions: 6.5ft(L) *2.9ft(W)/ 200cm *90cm | Lifetime Warranty

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Ultralight Budget Backpack

New to this list is the Black Orca Lite which has a large volume, nice close and ability to carry everything you would need on the trail. Given the additional information that people remove the aluminum supports to go frameless and drop another almost pound makes this an unbelievable deal!

OneTigris Black Orca LITE Roamer UL Backpack, 55L+5L, 2.5Ibs, Water Resistant
  • Ultralight Hiking Backpack: Plaid 420D Ripstop Nylon construction for an ultralight and durable outdoor backpack, weighs only 2.5Ibs (1.1kg), lighter than most 50-60L rucksacks on the market, best choice for the price and size
  • Large Capacity: Basic capacity 55L, the roll top design makes it expand to 60L, fits whatever you put inside. The adjustable size for variety purposes like camping, hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities, days or hours
  • Comfortable: Adjustable back support fits most body sizes; ventilate EVA pads for better comfort & airflow; most of all, the weight, the lighter, the better
  • Rich Features: Quality quick-release buckles with no zippers to rid of unnecessary weight; alpenstock loops for walking sticks with elastic front mesh compartment for quick access; side pockets for carrying water bottle for long and short treks; hips pockets for phones, GPS device or power bank; and a backstrap pocket for stacks or lights, etc
  • Dimensions: 90cm (H) *30cm (W) *20cm (D)/ 35.4 (H) *11.8 (W) *7.8 (D) | Net Weight: 1125g/ 2.5Ibs | Lifetime Warranty

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Our Runner Up For Budget Ultralight Backpack

NEVO RHINO 45L / 50L Internal Frame Backpack
  • Large Capacity: Product Size: 26 x 12.6 x 9.06 inch, The best internal frame backpack is a great price for all the included features ,The travel and hiking backpack is 45L/50L capacity, lightweight backpack with enough room for all the gear youll need for an extended outdoor adventure, also compatible with hydration packs.
  • ⚡ High Quality: The outdoor backpack is made of high quality durable lightweight Nylon Material, High quality durable zipper, well-sewn, material and stitching - It is very well built with strong stitching in the places you need it most like the shoulder straps and the carrying handle and other places. With a waterproof rain cover.
  • ⚡ Innovative Design: High-Load Waist Buckle- Waist buckle system stands up under big loads and is easy to tighten and thickly-padded split dual wishbone waist pad with independent top and bottom hip adjustments offers a more custom fit. Whistle buckle, carabiners and easy Access zippers, shoulder straps, many thoughtful pockets, hip strap, Great for hiking, cycling, backpacking, and anytime you need room for some gear.

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Ultralight Budget Gear - Clothing

When looking into clothing this becomes very personal choice but these are the options I chose due to their lightweight and durability along with not being a name brand like Nike, Under Armour, and others so the prices are dramatically lower.

TSLA Compression Gear

I have used TSLA gear for work for quite a long time as it is inexpensive and works just as well as the name brands. If you cant tell I love Tron and these are a very awesome replica look that I rock on the trail!

TSLA Men's Compression Pants Running Baselayer

TSLA Men's Long Sleeve T-Shirt Baselayer

ExOfficio Men's Underwear

These are loved by many on the big 3 for thru-hiking, they are durable and are perfectly built for long-distance hiking.

ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxer Brief 3 Pack

Trail Runner Shoes

The Altras of all models they make win hands down, I love the Lone Peak 4 and I would recommend them for anyone looking for good shoes with a quality toe box and long term durability.

Altra Men's Lone Peak 4.0 Trail Running Shoe
  • Durable mesh upper with integrated tongue
  • Improved, grippier MaxTrac rubber
  • StoneGuard resembles the skeletal structure of a foot
  • Stack Height: 25mm
  • Cushioning: Moderate
  • Weight: 10.6 oz. / 301 g

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Ultralight Budget Gear - Equipment

There is a lot of miscellaneous specific gear within the Equipment section that shouldn't need too much explanation as to the purpose and need. I did want to ensure a call out to the trekking poles and water filtration as there are many options available.

Trekking Poles

I chose Foxelli Trekking Poles due to reading reviews from others from multiple sources and they were all very positive. I can say that in the 4 months I have used them I am very pleased with their performance and that I can't stress how much you want to get a pair that have cork handles to keep your hands less sweaty and gross.

Water Filtration

There is only one big player that has lived up to expectations of all the thru-hikers I read and watched videos on. This is the Sawyer Squeeze, not the mini or other models.

At first I didn't get why you would want the heavier option but over time I moved over to the Squeeze as it moves water much faster and the time savings is better than a slight weight win.

Ultralight Budget Gear - Cook System

I am a large proponent of cold-soaking foods while on the trail and having warm foods when in a town. I did want to provide some seriously nice options which will help you if you would like to eat warm foods for your meals.

BRS Ultralight Stove

BRS has a little powerhouse of a stove called the BRS-3000T Ultra-Light Titanium Alloy Stove for a hiker who loves hot food this is a no brainer as it adds almost zero weight to your pack.

Toaks Cook and Spork

Toaks makes some super nice quality, light, and inexpensive gear like the TOAKS Titanium Ultralight Spork which is perfect for long distance thru-hiking. If you like to cold soak then I would suggest either getting a screw top container like the Vargo BOT - 700 or similar where it is an increased cost but in weight savings and utilization will pay for itself.

Ultralight Budget Gear - First Aid

You should keep a decently stocked first aid kit but not overly filled with questionable use items. Definitely good to have some bandaids, leukotape and similar items in the kit.

Ultralight Budget Gear - Electronics

What you need in today's world is a portable wall charger that can charge things super fast along with a quality size and weight battery to recharge on the trail. Since we derive so much functionality from our phones this is now on my "have to" list for my gear load out.

Fast Wall Charger

I am a firm believer in the quality of Anker products and this Anker Elite Dual Port 24W Wall Charger is a super fast charger, since you will only have limited time in the hotel or wherever you find power you want as much juice added to your phone and battery pack as you can achieve. This charger is able to charge 2 devices fast and efficiently to maximize the value of your stop.

High Capacity Low Weight Battery

While on the trail you won't have access to power outlets to recharge your devices and while running your phone for map apps like Gut Hooks and music you may use more than you want to. This PowerCore Lite 20000mAh Portable Charger from Anker provides 5 full charges to an Apple iPhone X or 8 charges to an Apple iPhone 8!


iPhone X

Optional Gear - Camera & Video

If you want to VLOG and Blog your trip then you may want to carry the extra weight to have a quality camera and some video recording ability. You can get away with using just your phone in many cases but you will want to watch the battery life use as many will use this for the Gut Hooks app and music or audio.

For a camera and short videos there are many cameras which will fit the bill, what I have purchased was a Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera and stock lenses for now.

As for video recording, I went with the GoPro HERO7 Black with the additional battery which allows me to record a nice chunk of video with normal charging between resupply points. Also can be charged via USB so welcome Anker battery!

Total Cost For Our Best Budget Hiking Loadout For 2019

The approximate cost of our list on the best budget hiking loadout for 2019 listed above, if you need to purchase everything, will come in around $5-700 depending on the extras like the battery and charger.

Most of the gear is perfectly suitable to a thru-hike for most during the normal non-winter months, some things though may need to be changed out if you will be in the snow or run colder in temperature.

Bottom Line

This list will ensure you get quality gear setup for ultralight hiking on a super legit budget approach. From this setup of gear, you can start to add on more expensive lighter weight gear as you move towards hiking more often.

I love hiking and would love to hear if this list has helped you gear up, please let me know in the comments if these style posts help you make decisions and I will continue to make them as new and exciting gear choices become available in the budget realm.

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