Seems there is a trend among backpackers to aim for the lightest weight gear, packs and clothing technology can offer. Titanium cooking pots, high-tech synthetic fabrics and framless rucksack style packs are helping to keep full loads for a 5 day trip to around 25 pounds.
Here’s a couple of good sites:
Joe’s Ultralight Backpacker has a good gear list, trip reports and other links
“Without a heavy load on your back, your need for heavy boots may well vanish! You need to CAREFULLY determine your own needs, but most ultralight hikers use either lightweight boots, trail-running shoes, or even regular running shoes/sneakers…My all-time favorite footwear is the Lowa Tempest Lo*…No break-in period, no “hot spots”, never given me a blister despite many long, rugged trail days.”
Orginal Bug Shirt – completely protects against biting insects without chemicals
GoLite.com makes ultralight packs, sleeping bags, shelters and clothing
Ray-Way.com offers kits for making your own ultralight packs, tarp and other gear. Plus lots of good info from Ray Jardine, one of the first ultralight backpackers.
*Where to Buy Lowa Tempest Low in Montreal: