Ultralight Backpacks 101: How to find the right fit and weight for you

July 9, 2013

Your backpack is one of the heaviest items you carry. You can substantially reduce its weight by replacing it with an ultralight pack, though it’s important to understand both the benefits and limitations before you buy…

This column originally appeared in the June online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.

 “Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

 (Photographs by Ryan Smith)

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.