5 Backpacking Gear LIES I Believed as a Beginner


There is so much to learn with backpacking gear that it can easily become overwhelming for beginners. Most backpacking gear online advice is good, but there were a couple things I believed that turned out to be lies.

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  • Remember everyone, this is one man's opinions and one version of hiking. Always hike your own hike but absorb as much Information as you can! Kyle has some really good tips here!

  • The funny thing is, when I started into backpacking, YouTube recommended me to channel with regular backpacking style, big 60L pack, boots, cooking set for a chef, etc. Now after 3 years YouTube started to recommend me the ultralight style which for me makes more sense since I'm a bit overweight, and have a knee problem. It's almost like YouTube tries to make me spend more money on everything.

  • Dum Spiro Spero – really like the flag and appreciate the advice you give.

  • #1 The heavier the load the heavier the shoe or boot.
    I use Soloman low tops for day hiking and high tops for overnights.
    Over 50 pounds (hiking plus climbing gear) I wear a heavy boot with a very rigid sole.

  • Having a big knife that you can baton with makes starting a campfire a whole lot easier.
    All of Gods critters carry knives, so I'll carry one too.
    I don't believe in going into ANY situation defenseless.
    The extra pound (yes, pound) is worth my piece of mind.
    I shower with 1 and don't walk outside my house without at least 2.

  • It's funny is I'm a knife maker, and I have used 2 knives more than anything else, my small neck knife (about 4 inches total length) and my Survival Camp Knife (total length is 8.5 inches.) Now In most cases the neck knife is all I generally need. For most people that is good enough. It can cut food, cord, wrappers, etc. But I have used my survival camp knife many times. It all depends on the hike. As for water bottles, I use Nalgene with the life straw for filtration. It works well with small creeks and streams. I did have the swayer, and use it with a smart water bottle (great to use to fill a small cooking pot with clean water) I like that option, but I have damaged those water bottles where they leak, and broken the filters before because I've dropped the pack instead of setting it down like a smart person.I'm rough with my gear. I still wear low cut boots. They are pretty broken in, and comfortable. But when these officially wear out I'm going to trail runners. But where I live, we do have snakes that live to sit in the trail and in the woods, and they offer a little more protection. But, overall trail runners is what I plan on getting for my next pair. Surprisingly, I've had good luck with rain covets for my pack. So, not gonna knock your experience, I just haven't had that big of an issue. But the rain cover I had you could tighten down so water wasn't pooling inside. The rain jacket, I understand your issue. I get super warm and sweat. But I can't bring myself to buy a suit that cost a lot to have the pit zips (and other vent areas), but im usually not as wet with sweat then from the rain. However, I've only hiked a few times in the rain, as I usually just avoid it if I can. That's my 2 cents. But I generally like your videos, very informative and entertaining. Thansl

  • Nalgene wide mouth ultralite weighs 3 times more than a smart water bottle. I carry one and a befree filter and bottle because i dont like using disposable bottles.

    Edit: oh yeah 10lb base weight

  • When are you moving out of your moms basement????

  • Man. Only boots in the winter for me

  • My 1st backpacking trip I didn't bring a big a** knife, but I did bring a big a** folding saw lol

  • that stray hair was bugging me. How did you know? hahahah

  • Kyle u suck but I love watching

  • for a while scouts used a type of trail sandles. i kept wearing my trusty Italian boots. Yes after two sole replacements almost 30 years of service i switched to poly blend boot from REI. they go everywhere…I even hiked from work to home 20 miles in ice/snow storm. I buy good and sometime high priced items. I use labritory rated NALGENE. i USE 4 HIKING. THEY DON'T SPILL!

  • I am so weird, I love my Timberland work boots for hiking even though I have trail runners.

  • You need to carry a knife at all times, not just when back packing!!!

  • I like high top boots because I like the protection I get against rolling my ankle. I currently hike in Oboz, previously I hiked in Hi-Tec or Timberland boots. I never spent a lot of money on my boots until I bought my Oboz and I absolutely love them. A knife is one of the 10 Essentials, I got a knife only last year and I have been hiking for years and I think I brought it on 2 hikes. THANK YOU for catching the grammatical error "here are the facts" love it. When you first said "here is the facts" it was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I don't carry a Nalgene, I do worse than that, I a carry 3 liter bladder and 2 1 quart green plastic canteens. I am paranoid of running out of water and not finding a water source. The pack covers I have came with the packs. I have yet to use them.

    Another great video. Thanks for the indo.

  • Fun video & I agree with most of it. However, I would debate 3 of your "lies":

    1. Boots. True that people often wear boots heavier than required. But, I just don't think trail runners are supportive enough or have a stiff enough sole for hikes especially in such environments as above Timberline in Colorado or on the GR20 in Corsica (for example). It doesn't surprise me that one of the recommended items for section hikers is a cork ball to try and work away the Planter Fasciitis you trail runner wearers are building up. It scares me to think about what condition your feet and your ankles will be in when you turn 50. But, then again, I could be wrong. Maybe you will build up muscles in your feet & ankles that we boot wearers never did.

    2. I've worn waterproof gear in Scotland rain and I stayed dry. Good waterproof coats, boots, & pants are waterproof. What your argument should be is that good waterproof gear is not worth the weight and backpackers should stick to ultralight less waterproof gear. Well, I would argue that depends on the environment you are in. As they say, there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

    3. In defense of the Nalgene bottle. The lightweight 1 Liter bottle is just 2 ounces not the 6 ounces you claimed (see https://nalgene.com/product/16oz-wide-mouth-ultralite-white/) . Compared to Smart Water Bottles or collapsible bottles, It is an ideal bottle for Steripen or chemical water treatment, it is almost indestructible, it is easier to keep clean, you can cook pasta in it, you can use it to rehydrate meals, it is ideal to mix hot or cold drinks, it doesn't develop pinholes, it is easier to get water out of streams etc. It is more than worth its weight of 2 ounces. I wouldn't backpack without it. I do realize it is presently not in fashion. But, I predict it will come back in fashion someday.

    BTW, I did press the like button. I enjoy your videos and agree with most of your positions.

  • Are you in SC? I'm from Charleston originally.

  • I love watching your vids more than Pewdiepie! 😅

  • Nalgene. I used is when I was climbing at Veedauwoo because it would endure a gear haul up the rock much better than a gatoraid bottle.

    Backpackers I know who rock climb the high peaks of the Tetons and the Rockies still use nalgene for its durability and the ability to turn it into a hot water bottle for your sleeping bag.

    I still like it for car camping.

    But it is way too heavy for regular backpacking where you don't need its durability or heat resistance.

    Hiking boots … I'm going to have to switch from trail runners soon as my broken ankle (got while in trail runners) heals. Merrel Moab Vents are not waterproof.

    Knife … yes I carry one. The blade is anout 1 inch long. It's useful for a lot of stuff. Since I'm not worried about batonning wood for my bush fire, it's all I need

  • Same thing goes in reverse, dont go playing bushcraft with an ultralight backpackers pack, and running shoes. When you sleep deep in the bush with the other animals, you bring a knife

    Be safe out there everyone

    Just a guy with a beard and a knife, living his best life

  • #1 Hiking boots. I wear boots, but tend to wear either Military Jungle Boots or Desert Boots. They are light weight and give full ankle support. Plus they last for a loooooong time.
    #2 Knives. I tend to carry a knife. As in 1. I dont make it huge and I use it a lot. I do also carry an axe a lot when i do base camp camping. Hike in, set up camp and don't move for a while. When through hiking, ditch the axe.
    #3 Rain Jackets. I use ponchos. Never liked rain jackets.
    #4 Nalgenes. They have a place for beginners. If the only water bottles you already have are nalgenes then use them. Even the military has gotten away from the canteen concept though and use bladders now though.
    #5 Pack Liners/Covers. The Military used to issue a wet weather bag for use with the ALICE Pack. It was a rubber lined nylon bag that you would put all your equipment in. They transitioned to waterproof packs a while ago, but the old pack liner is still a great way of keeping things dry. Pack covers are a hassle that you don't need to deal with if you plan ahead.

  • From now on I'm calling Nalgenes Becker bottles lmao

  • I am a daily hiker or biker ( not a backpacker) but I have never carried a knife.

  • I ALWAYS believed lie number one for sure.

  • I'm keeping my knife and my Nalgene because good things are worth the extra weight and bottle stickers are lit.

  • Not a fan of this style of video. Dont need to say, "Im sorry but,…" Dont be sorry, you're giving your opinion from a place of experience. Speak that way. Good information either way.

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