May 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm #1236670
Not really looking to spend abunch of money to shed a few more ounces. Just looking for some suggestions on stuff to leave out or see if theres anything I might be leaving out. Title was supposed to say "summer gear list" but it wouldnt let me change it.
Golite Ion – 10oz
Golite poncho tarp – 10oz
BPL stakes 1oz
Lafuma 45deg. synthetic bag – 20oz
Thermarest Prolite3 short mat – 14oz
BPL Flex air ultralight pillow – 1oz
Tigoat ptarmigan bivy- 7oz
MSR Pocket Rocket- 3oz
Fuel canister 6oz
REI titanium pot w/ lid- 5oz
Bic lighter- 1oz
Katydyn Hiker pro filter- 13oz
Kelty triptease 40ft- 1oz
OR waterproof food bag- 4oz
Platypus 1 liter bladder- 3oz
Comes out to 6 lbs and 4oz if my math is good. I usually dont carry any extra clothes in the summer because i'm only out for 3 days at a time. So add food and a full platypus and a couple other small things i'm sure i forgot and my weight comes out around 10 lbs.May 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm #1504696
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> Katydyn Hiker pro filter- 13oz
Steripen Adventurer 3.56 oz.
Kills protozoa and bacteria and also viruses (which the Hiker cannot block).
CheersMay 31, 2009 at 4:37 am #1504718
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Brian, Last summer I set out to do the same thing. Develop a very light weight set of gear for summer without spending too much money. Here is what I used if it helps, though its been posted before. The total weight was 4.95 lbs. I used this kit over a 3 day trip with a low temp of 38. If I get a chance I'll post my new summer list which does require significant money:)
There are a lot of similar items. I'd say the real difference is in water purification (as Roger pointed out) and in the sleeping pad. I can't say enough about having at least a wind shirt for extra clothing.
Golite Ion – 9.10
Montbell Thermal Sheet Quilt – 14.30
GG 3/8" Thin Light Sleeping pad (trimmed 38") – 3.45
Golite Poncho Tarp – 10.75
Montbell Breeze Dry Tec Bivy – 6.30
8 Ti stakes – 2.25
Spectraline (8 x 3 ft = 24 ft) – 0.65
Platypus 2.5 lt. Water Bottle – 1.30
ClO2 Purifications Tabs (20) – 0.45
Platypus 1 lt. bottle – 0.90
Trip Tease Cord 35' + REI Stuff Sack for Food – 1.85
Fuel Bottle (4 oz cap.) – 0.60
Everclear Bottle (3 oz cap.) – 0.40
Snowpeak Trek 450 – 2.40
Gram Weenie Stove + pan – 0.45
Camp Soap (micro-dropper) – 0.30
Mini Bic Lighter – 0.40
Foil Windscreen & Foil Lid – 0.25
GSI Collapsible Spoon – 0.30
Extra Cloths: 11.95
Golite Wisp Windshirt – 2.85
Mont-Bell UL Down Jacket – 6.90
REI Merino Wool Light Hiker Socks – Low 2.20
Essentials in Ziplock:
Keychain Thermometer/Compass – 0.30
Cell Phone – 3.30
Book – The 2 oz Backpacker – 2.40
Microlight – 0.30
Contact Saline – mini bottle – 0.40
Sunscreen – mini bottle – 0.45
Deet – mini bottle – 0.55
Pen w/duct tape & needle – 0.30
Denta burst brushes x 4 – 0.10
Floss – 0.20
Contact Case – 0.50
Meds (4 imodiums, 4 bendryls, 8 pseudofeds, 16 ibuprofins – 0.40
Extra Contacts – 0.50
Gauze Pads – 0.05
Match Book – 0.15
Swiss Army Knife Classic – 0.75
Ziplock Bag – 0.25Jun 1, 2009 at 5:47 am #1504884
@mikeclellandLocale: The Tetons (via Idaho)
Thermarest Prolite3 short mat – 14oz – The BPL torso-lite and/or the Montbell pad are 9.9 ounces and plenty comphy.
MSR Pocket Rocket- 3oz, Fuel canister 6oz – The canister stoves require heavy fuel canisters, alcohol is lighter for short trips. The options are cheap, compared to the heavy and expensive canisters.
REI titanium pot w/ lid- 5oz – 5 ounces? Use a tiny mug instead, much lighter.
Katydyn Hiker pro filter- 13oz – Wow, this is TOO heavy. Just get AQUA-MIRA and re-package it in smaller dropper bottles.
OR waterproof food bag- 4oz – 4 ounces? For a stuff sack? There are plenty of lighter options.
Platypus 1 liter bladder- 3oz – this seems wrong, a 1-liter bottle is lighter.Jun 1, 2009 at 9:01 am #1504908
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I think you have a pretty solid list. Also agree with the other posters, get a lighter pad and another water purification system. Aquamira or Katdyn tabs work great for me.Jun 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm #1505031
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I can't say enough about having at least a wind shirt for extra clothing.
Yeah – shivering in the wind is not why you are there!
CheersJun 4, 2009 at 1:39 am #1505746
Thanks for the reviews guys… I know I still have some heavy stuff. Just now gettin into the ultralight category and trying to replace my heaviest stuff a little at a time. I just purchased one of the new prolite xs pads tonight, it only weighs 8oz. The 3oz for the platypus was for the platypus hoser, sorry if I didn't clarify that. I have some of the aqua mira tablets, I might have to try the liquid stuff though.Jun 5, 2009 at 7:03 am #1506115
Brian, looks like a pretty solid list for summer time. You could replace a few items to save weight, but if your not looking to spend any cash, I think your good to go.
One thing, is 1oz if stakes enough to pitch your poncho tarp? Seems kinda light…just checking :)
Think about leaving the Katydan Hiker at home and using your aqua mira tablets. Saves you a ton of weight. I like the tablets better then the drops for ease of use, the downfall is that they are more expensive per liter.Jun 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm #1506552
It was about 1.25oz for the 6 BPL lazr titanium stakes. I rounded my numbers off to make it easier to post. Rounded some up and some down so it prolly equals out pretty close. If i'm off a little, no big deal. I will have to go back to my tablets then. I've still got a couple containers of them from a few years ago. Do they go bad?Oct 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm #1539881
@afplyr05Locale: Pocono mtns.
They go bad after a year 4 the aquamira at least .Nov 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm #1544044
@timalanLocale: Mid Atlantic
If this is your first time on an ultralight/superlight summer trip, depending on where you are going, I'd consider adding a heatsheets emergency bivvy. It's an additional 3.5 oz, but it's ~$12, and adds a lot of safety margin for the minimal additional weight.
Windshirt is also worth adding, and can be found for just a few oz.
The weight your saving by moving to tablets from your filter will more than make up the difference.
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