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Ultralight Hiking Collection

Update your hiking gear list with Montbell’s wide selection of “Light & Fast” products!

From state-of-the-art down jackets and sleeping bags, to innovative rain gear and everything in between, these are the painstakingly crafted pieces that define who we are, and what it means to hit the trail ultralight.

The rain shells below are what we recommend to users looking to lighten their load. For more experienced ultralight hikers who understand that extremely lightweight technical materials require special care and attention during use, we recommend the Versalite and the Torrent Flier. The higher level of durability that the Storm Cruiser provides makes it our #1 recommendation for people just starting to make a foray into ultralight.

If you've read our article about Down Fill Power (and if you haven't, go read it now!), you understand that fill power doesn't relate directly to warmth. Meaning, just because it is 1000 fill power doesn't make it magically warm. Out of the garments below, the Plasma 1000 Jacket, Superior Down and Ex Light Anorak provide roughly the same amount of warmth, equivalent to a nice warm sweater. If you are expecting cooler conditions or run cold, the Plasma 1000 Alpine and the Ignis are better choices from a warmth perspective.

One way to reduce weight is to use a wind shell (or "wind shirt") as a breathable weather-resistant replacement for a traditional mid-layering piece. When worn as your outer layer or over your favorite baselayer, a wind shell will block ridge-top winds and misty precipitation, delivering benefits not found in a wool or ultralight synthetic fleece. On top of that, at nearly one-sixth the weight of a traditional mid-layer, wind shells such as our Tachyon Parka are so light that even the most diligent gram-counter will raise an eyebrow.

Wool is a great option for daily usage on multiday trips due to its natural abilities to fight odor. Our Cool series products provide a measure of protection from the sun, but the true benefit of these mesh tops are their wicking and quick-drying properties, helping you stay cool in warmer weather.

Mirroring the previous category, wool's natural abilities at fighting odors make it great for something you are going to wear everyday. Our Zeo-Line baselayers are made with polyester, which has been treated with a wicking agent to promote moving moisture away from your skin and drying quickly. Another bonus of Zeo-Line's quick-drying properties is the ability to wash it everyday and have it dry and ready to wear the next morning.

Lightweight sun protection and cold protection. What more is there to say?

Our world class sleeping bags are well known for the comfort they provide in a highly lightweight, compact size. Looking to go even lighter than that? Our Seamless Down Hugger 800 Half Length #1 is a great option. Pair it with a down jacket and our Down Balaclava to enjoy full coverage and a good night's sleep. For shelters, our U.L. Mono Frame Shelter and U.L. Zelt provide the protection you need when sleeping, all in an ultra-lightweight design that will cut grams from your pack's final weight.

These lightweight packs have three things in common. 1. They are extremely weather resistant. 2. The Roll-up Closure System allows quick access to inside your pack. 3. Their streamlined design has reduced as much weight as possible. While the Storm Pack features a removable top lid to use as shoulder pouch for quick summit attacks, the Altiplano Pack features an Aqua Barrier Sack to further enhance weather resistance, both providing high-level performance. Choose the one that best responds to your needs.

Just because you are going ultralight doesn't mean you need to leave the essentials at home. Replacing items you may already have with these lightweight versions will make a surprising difference. Lots of little reductions in weight add up!