Located in Asheville, North Carolina, just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lightweight and Ultra-lightweight backpacking has become very popular over the last several years. This has become possible through the use of modern synthetic fabrics and other materials along with innovative design. Dual or multiple use items have also allowed backpackers to reduce their pack weight. A lower pack weight often increases the likelihood of success and enjoyment on a backpacking trip.

lightheart gear lightweight backpacking gear LightHeart Gear is the brainchild of Judy Gross, AKA HeartFire. An avid hiker, and dressmaker, she lamented about the need to carry a 4+ pound tent during her thru hike attempt of the Appalachian Trail in 2006. This was the single heaviest , and largest item in her pack other than food and water. With her skills of sewing and pattern design, and her knowledge of backpacking, she has designed several ultra-light tents for backpacking and hiking.

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LightHeart Solo – Standard. This unusual design provides for spacious headroom, allowing even tall individuals to sit up inside without hitting their head and plenty of length for sleeping comfortably.See more details


LightHeart Solo – Custom. Custom Tents are made from the USA made fabric with a 1200mm Hydrostatic Head. See more details

Lightheart gear solo custom tent

Solo AwningSee more details

Lightheart gear solo awning tarp

LightHeart Duo Tent. The LightHeart Duo tent is one of the roomiest 3 season, fully enclosed 2 person tents on the market. See more details

2 person tent lightheart gear

LightHeart SoLong 6 – Standard. The SoLong 6 is SO long, that hikers over 6’8” will fit comfortably in this tent. See more details

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 - Standard

LightHeart SoLong 6 – Custom. The SoLong 6 is SO long, that hikers over 6’8” will fit comfortably in this tent. See more Details

Lightheart gear SoLong 6 custom tent

Rain Jacket. Made in the USA full function lightweight rain jacket. See more details

Lightheart gear rain Jacket

Rain Wrap. A wrap around ‘skirt’ – the LightHeart Rain Wrap provides quick and easy rain protection for your lower half. See more details

lightheart gear rainwrap

Hoodie Pack Cover. See more details

lightheart gear hoodie backpack cover




Adjustable Aluminum tent poles

Aluminum Poles

Carbon Fiber tarp, tent, awning Pole

CF Poles

Titanium Shepherd Hook Stakes

Titanium Stakes



McNett Sil Net Seam Sealer

Seam Sealer

Ultralight neck wallet

Neck Wallet

Replacement Ridge Pole for tent

Replacement Ridge Pole

Ultralight Stuff Sacks

Ultralight Stuff Sacks


diy Camo sil-nylon fabric

Camo Sil-Nylon

Sil Nylon - CORDURA® fabric DIY

Sil Nylon – CORDURA

Ultra light No-see-um mesh

Ultra light No-see-um mesh

Reflective grosgrain ribbon

Reflective grosgrain ribbon

Sil-Nylon Scrap Bag DIY fabrics

Sil-Nylon Scrap Bag

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Email: tents@lightheartgear.com – http://lightheartgear.com/index.php/contact
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