Dyneema Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Dyneema Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

You don’t have to be an ultralight backpacker to appreciate how much Dyneema (formerly called cuben fiber) 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 TentShelter19.4 oz$599
Gossamer Gear The Crotch PotCooking0.3 oz$19
LiteAF Dyneema Compression SacksPacking0.2 oz , 0.4 oz$11-$22
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Sack PillowSleeping1.16 oz, 1.69 oz$37-$47
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packing PodsPacking1.2 to 1.8 oz$50-$60
Ultralite Sacks UL Compression SacksPacking1.43 oz$25-$32
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Carbon TentShelter22 oz$999
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest BackpackPacking34.9 oz$360
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$230
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 19.4 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 excellent 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. Read the SectionHiker Review.

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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. LiteAF Dyneema Stuff Sacks

LiteAF Dyneema Stuff Sacks
LiteAF’s Dyneema stuff sacks are a lot like a Swiss Army Knife. You can give someone one, two, or three and they’ll love them. These Dyneema stuff sacks are super lightweight, very durable, and are effectively waterproof. They’re great for packing clothing, a first aid kit, all your electronics, or even a quilt.

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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. Read the SectionHiker Review.

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5. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packing Pods

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packing Pods
Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Packing Pods are the ultralight equivalent of the luggage packing cubes that people use to pack travel bags. Shaped like the inside of a backpack, they’re designed to use all of the pack’s interior space, assist in organization, and provide an additional level of water resistance, since they’re made with Dyneema. They’re also compatible with any backpack, not just those made by Hyperlite Mountain Gear, including non-Dyneema backpacks. Read the SectionHiker Review.

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6. UltraliteSacks UL Compression Sack

Dyneema Compression Sacks
The problem with most of the nylon compression sacks you can buy at REI is that they can be really heavy, weighing 4-6 ounces, each. But the new 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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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.

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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. If you’re buying one for another person, I’d suggest purchasing it at REI so the recipient can return it more easily if they need to exchange it for a different size.  Read the SectionHiker Review.

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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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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. Read the SectionHiker Review.

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HMG | Campsaver | Garage Grown Gear

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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Recommended Gift Cards and Gift Certificates

If you’re not familiar with the needs of the person you’re buying gifts for, I’d recommend buying some of the Dyneema Stuff Sacks listed above. They’re always useful and they make great stocking stuffers (and Chanukah gifts). Alternatively, you can give a gift card as a gift and let the recipient choose the items they need the most. Here’s a list of gift cards from the gear manufacturers and merchants listed above.

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  1. Remember, at Christmas time nothing says I love you like a Crotch Pot under the tree

  2. It’s amusing (or something) that Big Agnes couldn’t bring themselves to put a four-figure price on the Tiger Wall 2 Carbon tent. $999.95. I guess $999.99 would have been *too* obvious. “Good idea, Bob. People won’t feel so bad about spending that.”

  3. If Santa brought me an Aeon Li I would be SO happy and promise to be “nice” all of 2020, sacrifice though that would be.

  4. When I first stumbled across the blog post describing the Crotch Pot, I couldn’t decide if it was a legit product or cleverly-written satire. I still can’t.

    I cold-soak meals, but I use a hard-sided container because it’s easier to clean than a ziplock bag. I may still buy the thing because I think I’d find a use for it. And I still think it’s pretty danged funny.

    My investment in a pair of Dyneema roll-top stuff sacks saved my Section J hike l this past September. I really suck at water crossings. I fell into Lemah Creek (so embarrassing — the only thing real damage was to my pride). It was a pretty rainy trip, and even with a dunk into Lemah Creek my down sleeping bag & underquilt stayed dry.

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