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Light backpacking weight range.

What weight range is considered light backpacking? Not ultralight, just light. Thanks. 

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Re: Light backpacking weight range.

@Tinozen9 Standard definitions are:

Lightweight= Base pack weight less than 20 pounds

Ultralight= Base pack weight less than 10 pounds

Super ultralight=Base pack weight less than 5 pounds 

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Re: Light backpacking weight range.

The lightweight backpacking load range can vary depending on each individual person as well. As a general rule of thumb your fully loaded backpack should weigh no more than 20% of your body weight. There is a cool article that talks about How Much Your Backpack Should Weigh on our REI Co-Op Journal. It’s also good to take into consideration how much weight your pack can hold. That being said I consider myself a lightweight backpacker. My 20% weight limit is 36lbs I usually carry 23-28lbs (depending on the length of my trip).

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Wow, that lightweight pack depends on how long. Overnight? Week? I've carried 80 lbs for a week in canyonlands, mainly h2o, as all the pools and springs were dry. Of course i was alot younger then. My day pack now weighs about 15 lbs, refined for those unsuspecting happenings. I feel it is best to take too much than to be without, others won't agree I'm  sure. Above all have fun.

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Hi Digger, the weights above refer to the gear you are carrying but not food/water.  I can pretty much take the same stuff (well, that's also weather and location dependent) whether it's a two day or 8 day trip, just the food and water varies.  -Alane

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Thanks for the info. Gunna have to check and weigh my gear. Think it would be on the heavy side. 

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