Dyneema Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Dyneema Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

You don’t have to be an ultralight backpacker to appreciate how much Dyneema has revolutionized backpacking gear, halving the weight of many items, and making backpacking much more pleasurable in the process.  In addition to being lightweight, Dyneema is quite strong and waterproof, making it an excellent material for fabricating tents, stuff sacks, backpacks, and simple clothing. If you’re looking for a special present to give to a backpacker in your life (or yourself), check out our list of recommended Dyneema backpacking gifts listed below. We’ve included a full range of price points for every budget.

Make / ModelCategoryWeightPrice
Zpacks Duplex TentShelter19.0 oz$599
Gossamer Gear The Crotch PotCooking0.3 oz$19
Borah Cuben Bivy SackShelter4.25 oz$185
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Sack PillowSleeping1.16 oz, 1.69 oz$40-$50
Six Moon Designs Haven Zero-G TarpShelter12 oz$500
Ultralite Sacks UL Compression SacksPacking1.43 oz$25-$32
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Carbon TentShelter22 oz$1000
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest BackpackPacking34.9 oz$345
LiteAF Round Bottom Pot Sacks Cooking0.1 oz$15
Mountain Laurel Designs DCF Dry BagsPacking0.7 to 1.9 oz$20-$39
Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex TarpShelter5.15 oz$249
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak DaypackPacking20.35 oz$195
Dutchware Dyneema Pup BowlCooking0.2 oz$17
Tarptent Aeon Li TentShelter15.8 oz$535
Hightail Designs Ultralight Rain MittsClothing1.07 to 1.21 oz$70

1. Zpacks Duplex 2P Tent

Zpacks Duplex Tent
The Zpacks Duplex is a 19 oz two-person trekking pole tent designed for three-season use that’s a popular choice with section hikers and thru-hikers. It’s very easy to set up and provides good weather protection. The two rainbow style doors and side vestibules make it easy to share with another hiker, but the tent is lightweight enough that it can even be used by one person. Any hiker would love to get a Duplex as a gift. Be sure to also check out the new freestanding version of the Duplex called the Zpacks Free Duo.

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2. Gossamer Gear “The Crotch Pot”

GossamerGear The Crotch Pot
Many ultralight backpackers simply rehydrate their food in warm weather instead of carrying a stove because it weighs less. The Crotch Pot is a waterproof Dyneema Envelope that you fill with food and water and hang from your hip belt, before stuffing it down the front of your shorts where body heat helps speeds up the rehydration process. It’s definitely strange, but it isn’t very expensive and makes a memorable gift!

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Gossamer Gear

3. Borah Gear Cuben Bivy Sack

Borah Cuben Bivy Sack
Borah Gear is known throughout the Ultralight Backpacking world for their bivy sacks. Weighing an insanely low 4.25 oz, their cuben bivy has a waterproof Dyneema Floor, breathable top fabric, and noseeum mesh over the face. A chest or side zipper option is available (we recommend the side zipper). If you want to squeeze every last ounce off your gear list, this is the bivy sack to get.

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Borah Gear

4. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Sack Pillow

Hyperlite Mountain gear Stuff sack Pillow
Multi-use gear is a cornerstone of ultralight backpacking philosophy. That’s the motivation behind Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Stuff Sack Pillow which can be used as a stuff sack and a pillow. Covered on one side with plush fleece, it makes a comfortable pillow on the ground or in a hammock. It’s available in two sizes, a small and a large, both under 2 oz in weight.

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HMG

5. Six Moon Designs Haven Zero-G Two Person Tarp

The Six Moon Designs Zero-G Haven Tarp is a 12 oz shaped tarp with a dual-pole design that provides extra headroom and has two zippered, vestibule doors on each side for storage and separate entry. The center peak of the Haven Zero-G is offset slightly toward the head of the shelter, creating a steeper angle and placing the canopy further from your face when lying down and aligns the peak to a more natural sitting position. Compatible with the Haven Inner NetTent to create a complete double-wall tent at just 28 oz total.

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Six Moon Designs

6. UltraliteSacks UL Compression Sack

Dyneema Compression Sacks
The problem with most of the nylon compression sacks you can buy is that they can be really heavy, weighing 4-6 ounces, each. But the Dyneema UL Compression Sacks from UltraliteSacks are a real breakthrough in terms of weight reduction, weighing less than one-fourth of that. That’s an instant weight saving at a surprisingly affordable price.

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UltraliteSacks

7. Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Carbon Tent

Big Agnes Tiger Wall Carbon 2 Tent
Weighing just 22 oz, the Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Carbon Tent is a two-person tent with two doors and two vestibules that’s ideal for people who don’t use trekking poles. It has the standard feature set of a regular Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 tent, but the floor and rainfly are made with Dyneema and the tent poles are made with carbon fiber composite to add strength and reduce weight. This two-person tent is light enough that can be used by one person and the extra interior space is a real luxury.

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REI

8. Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Backpack

HMG 3400 Southwest Backpack
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 3400 Southwest Backpack is durably built with solid external pockets to tackle harsh conditions without getting ripped up. It’s available in a wide range of volumes and torso lengths so you can get one to match your exact needs. The 3400 Southwest (55L) is the best size for multi-day trips.

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HMG

9. LiteAF Round Bottom Pot Sacks

LiteAF Round bottom pot stuff sacks
LiteAF’s Round Bottom Pot Sacks are great for keeping the lid of your cookpot tightly coupled with the pot so they don’t rattle around (and drive you mad). They also protect your backpack from dirt if your pot is covered from soot from a wood stove and moisture if they’re still wet when you pack up. Available in two sizes and weighing just 0.1 ounces, this is a great weight saving upgrade over the nylon stuff sack used by many hikers.

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LiteAF

10. Mountain Laurel Designs DCF Dry Bags

MLD Dyneema Dry Bags
Mountain Laurel Designs has been making Dyneema Dry bags longer than any other company in the backpacking industry. They’ve also developed special construction methods to make them strong and waterproof which is double necessary on a dry bag that you put great strain on when you roll it up and put pressure on.

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Mountain Laurel Designs

11. Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex Hammock Tarp

Hammock Gear Hex Tarp
Weighing just 5.14 oz, the Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex Hammock Tarp is amazingly lightweight and well made. It folds up small and provides huge weight savings when compared to other hammock tarps made from silnylon or silpoly, in some cases as much as a pound or more. Six-sided, it is optimized for three-season use and provides excellent protection against wind and rain.

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12. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak Backpack
The Hyperlight Mountain Gear Daybreak Daypack (17L) is a multi-purpose waterproof daypack that is great for day hikes, peakbagging, commuting to work, and traveling. It has a clamshell-style main zipper, hydration pocket, side water bottle pockets, a front stretch pocket, and interior pockets for storing valuables. It weighs 20 oz and is available in multiple torso lengths so you can get a great fit.

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HMG

13, Dutchware Dyneema Pup Bowl

It’s important to keep your dog hydrated and well-fed on hikes. Dutchware’s Dyneema Pup Bowl is made with 1.3 oz Dyneema DCF and Dyneema seam tape making the bowl completely waterproof. It weighs just 5.2g (that’s about 1/5 of an ounce) so that your dog should have no problem carrying their very own meal/water bowl.

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14. Tarptent Aeon-Li 1-Person Tent

The Tarptent Aeon Li is a 15.8 oz one-person Dyneema trekking pole tent that’s easier to fit in small campsites than a two-person tent. It uses Tarptent’s patented PitchLock corner struts to increase the amount of headroom available inside the tent, a common problem in the other one-person pyramid-style tents made by other manufacturers.

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15. Hightail Designs Ultralight Rain Mitts

High Tail Designs UL Rain Mitts
These Ultralight Waterproof Rain Mitts gloves from High Tail Designs can be used alone or with a lightweight fleece or wool liner glove. They protect your hands from cold rain and keep you warmer. Weighing just over 1 ounces, they’re far lighter weight than conventional waterproof shells, they have gloves pulls for easy on and off, and an elastic cordlock to prevent water from dripping down your arms and into the mitts. Available in multiple colors and patterns.

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High Tail Designs

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10 comments

  1. Dyneema repair tape, patches etc. also make inexpensive stocking-stuffers.
    https://zpacks.com/collections/repair-tape-patches

  2. BA Carbon series seems like a dubious gift for someone you care about.

    • You’d be surprised. I’ve encountered backpackers (on the trail) who adore their carbon Tiger Walls because they’re freestanding and lightweight. If you don’t use trekking poles, they’re a perfectly viable option. I’m not terribly impressed with the Zpacks Free Duo for example. It’s ok, but very small and there really isn’t any other alternative to it other than the Big Agnes carbon tents. There is a reason that trekking pole tents haven’t taken over the world, you know. Freestanding and semi-freestanding tents with poles still rule.

      • MSR came out with its Carbon Reflex tents a few years earlier than the BA series. Is there any particular reason to choose BA over MSR?

      • The carbon reflex tents only have carbon fiber poles. The tent fly isn’t dyneema, like it is on the Big Agnes Carbon tents.

  3. The Tarptent Double Rainbow Lithium is a great option as well. I recently used it on my 3 day Pemi Loop and it was awesome. I was able to use it in freestanding mode on the tent platforms quite easily. Another plus is the hybrid design and venting options, condensation wasn’t an issue. The thing weighs like 27 oz and can legit fit two but was a palace for myself..

  4. Your last post featured the Dyneema rain skirt kit from Ripstop by the Roll. I bought the kit and it arrived yesterday. I put it together this afternoon with a few added features: Two internal pockets which can also be used as a stuffsack for the skirt, and because I will bicycle in this I added reflective ribbon trim along the hem.
    This was a fast, fun project. I gifted myself!

  5. I have the HMG Echo, HMG Ultamid 4 and Zpacks Triplex. The Triplex is by far my favorite. It is just 3 oz heavier than the Duplex, very roomy for two and sets up easily. Not as easy as a freestander but not that far off.

  6. I’ve read the description of the Crotch Pot several times, and I’m still not sure if it’s clever satire or an actual product.

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