A new generation of backcountry gear offers the perfect balance of high performance and low, low weight. Your back will be ecstatic.

Big Agnes Seedhouse Superlight 2
It might not be blizzard-worthy, but this sub-3.5-pound, two-person tent is as easy to pitch as it is to haul. And for three-season camping, it will keep you dry and bug-free.
$299 www.bigagnes.com

GoLite Jam Pack
At a mere 1 pound, 5 ounces, the GoLite totes the load without adding to it, yet is capacious enough (2,750 cubic inches) to easily swallow a few days’ worth of gear. (Turn the page for more weekend backpacks.)
$90 www.golite.com

Kelty Light Year 45
This goose-down bag is a joy to carry, at just 1 pound, 15 ounces, and stuffs down supersmall to save space in your pack. Rated to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s great for sleeping outdoors from spring through fall.
$130 www.kelty.com

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