The Ultralight Backpack

What distinguishes an ultralight backpack from a normal backpack? Well, the question actually answers by itself. An ultralight backpack is just a lot easier than a normal backpack. But why this is so and for whom such a light backpack is suitable, I want to explain today.

No Need For A Backpack

The following list shows what things are, in my opinion, unnecessary on most trekking backpacks:

Carrier & Backrest

Padded waist belt

Too many single bags

Too robust material

Ventilation system on the back

Too long & too fat belts

Let’s take a closer look at the individual points:

The Carrier & Backrest

A carrier frame is usually made of aluminum or partly even from carbon. The use of the latest materials makes these rod constructions easier, but they do not solve the actual problem. Even the lightest metal in the world still has a certain weight. A weight that is simply out of place in the backpack . A carrying rack is not necessary, if you pack your backpack clever. In this case, the mattress takes over the function of the back cushion and can give the backpack a coarse structure at the same time. If you fill the rest of the backpack evenly, you do not need a carrycot any more and the backpack still sits well at the back.

Padded Waist Belt

A heavily padded waistbelt is the greatest giddy that the backpacking world has to offer. The unnecessary upholstery prevents exactly what I want to achieve with the waist belt. The weight should surely be on my hip. But I must be able to lash my waistbelt, so he does not slip behind me. The padding is thus squeezed together and usually gives me a more uncomfortable wearing feeling than a unpadded waist belt. If the padding is too thick, for example in the classic Deuter Aircontact, then the whole pack is constantly slipping over the hips and the weight is suddenly on the shoulders. So do one and let the padding away. This saves weight and is at least as comfortable with a well-designed waistbelt without padding . If you are really easy on the road, you can also completely save your waistbelt!

Too Many Single Bags

I admit that many bags create a certain order. But this order is always bought with additional weight. In principle, a large sack is enough, which is opened at the top and in which the whole equipment fits. However, if you want to get a small snack on the way or simply have some wet items which you are reluctant to keep in your backpack, you might prefer two to four outside pockets . A subdivision of the backpack interior is however Schwachsinn.The largest part of its equipment is packed into various pack bags, which already make enough order in the pack.

Too Robust Material

With some backpacks I really feel that this is absolutely bulletproof. Surely this may give some psychological security. In reality, you will rarely need such a rugged backpack. And when you are in such a situation, the backpack is probably not so important anyway. So, if you’re not going to a war zone or an expedition, you ‘d rather trust a slightly lighter material . Also among these there are very robust fabrics.

Ventilation System On The Back

The backpack ventilation system is just as effective as a “breathable” jacket. Moment … in many cases, the ventilation system is also precisely braked by this jacket. What if the ventilation does not even reach the backpack, because an impenetrable functional jacket is in between? Correct! The jacket is pulled out. Now the air can finally circulate, right? Nope! If this effect has ever occurred to me, then it is very minimal or in my imagination.Whether with or without great ventilation, my back was always wet. The only thing that helps me is a loosening of the shoulder straps so that the backpack pivots a little backwards and creates a gap between backpack and back.This technique does not weigh, costs nothing and is absolutely environmentally friendly. At least, if you do not wander before someone else.

Too Long & Too Fat Belts

The belts also often look as if they could pull a truck behind them or even hang them up. However, a backpack is not a safety belt. The loads that occur when carrying a trekking backpack are comparatively low. With an Ultralight backpack still a lot less. So why not use lighter material ? But again, security is suggested to the end user and we love people so much!

Turn On The Mind

Actually, I could continue this list for a long time. But luckily, there are a lot of people out there who make beautiful, light and yet rugged backpacks. In doing so, the above points are dispensed with and a completely new trend is created with creative ideas. A few of these lightweight rucksacks have already been featured in the blog:

Zpacks Blast

My ZPacks Blast 32 is the lightest backpack in my equipment keller . It consists of Cuben Fiber, which is a little more susceptible than other materials, but by no means unsuitable. You just have to be careful. But you save a lot of weight.

Golite Pinnacle

The GoLite Pinnacle is the typical UL beginner backpack. It is very sturdy, still has many familiar features of a conventional trekking backpack, and after a  little weight training, it does not take so much on the scales. (The new model, however, is already heavier and is called “Jam 70” from 2012)

Hacker Huckepack

The huckPACK from the Kölner Cottage Laufbursche represents to me the absolute symbol of a light weightbag . All my suggestions from above were realized in this pack. Due to the skillful material mix, the rucksack is robust and easy to match. In addition, the design is unlike my Blast of ZPacks a feast for the eyes! More about the perfect pack and another evolutionary stage in my backpacking career will be available next week. I will complete this section!