Hiking GearCheck out my Light Weight Backpacking page.
Looking at outdoor magazines like "Backpacker" or "Outside" you'd think hiking was all about the junk you tote around with you as you walk. Everyone likes toys, but the reality is that you don't need a lot of expensive stuff to trek through the wilderness. Save your money and maybe you'll be able to spend less time at work and more time outside. The other alternative is to buy a sewing machine and make your own gear. There are several stores that sell technical fabrics as well as patterns for outdoor wear & gear. By making your own equipment you will be able to custom fit it to your needs and can do away with many of the bells and whistles gear manufacturers add to their product to make it more attractive but considerably heavier than necessary.
The author does not endorse any particular brand of
equipment (I'd have to be compensated for that service) so no brand names are
discussed. I will, however, list the numbers (call for a free catalog) for stores
that sell outdoor fabric and patterns, since making your own equipment promotes self
reliance, creativity - and is fun!
If no - then leave it in the closet where it belongs (exceptions may be made for one or two luxury items, but don't go overboard). I do not weigh each item in my pack, so no weights are provided below, however the dry weight (without food or water) of my day pack is typically 5 lbs (thanks to my camera gear) and full backpack is 20 lbs (my wife's is 16 lbs).
For tips on ultra light weight backpacking, I highly recommend "Beyond Backpacking" by Ray Jardine. Ray's pack weight (not including food and water) adds up to 8.75 lbs (clearly I have a ways to go)! Many great tips are provided and you can incorporate those you want to suit your hiking style (though I will still probably carry my own TP in lieu of pinecones).
Take a pair of scissors to everything you buy. Remove all labels & logos - they don't make you cool, they brand you as a sucker.