Mar 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm #1256918
I was making an excel sheet for my gear, then I made a hypothetical XUL one, then I started making a heavier one to be very comfortable and around 15lb. But I couldn't do it! Can you help? The idea is justifiable comfort/weight tradeoffs, so no silly Gregory packs or Kelty tents, but maybe some 'just because items'. Even when I try, I can't come in over 10lb :(((
Luxurious Lightweight List:
Ray-Way Quilt 25
Pocket Rocket 4
Neo Air 9
Lunar Solo 26
Tikka XP 5
Frog Togg pants 6
eVent Jacket 10
Lofty pullover 7
wool l/s 8
pack liner 1
wool longjohn 5
extra socks 3
Bear bagging 2
10 essentials 5
159oz=9.94lbMar 24, 2010 at 11:11 pm #1590602
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
pffft. I weighed my luxury baseweight last week at 48lbs.Mar 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm #1590603
one day…Mar 25, 2010 at 5:26 am #1590636
What, no pillowMar 25, 2010 at 5:48 am #1590640
@angelazLocale: New England
Add some down booties to your decadent list! And a pot scraper and collapsible sink.
Funny you mentioned this. I've actually been giving myself a serious guilt trip over my luxury items!
I don't even want to tell people on here what I'm contemplating bringing!Mar 25, 2010 at 6:23 am #1590644
"pffft. I weighed my luxury baseweight last week at 48lbs."
Jack, You've already eaten 8lbs of chips out of that sack of spuds?Mar 25, 2010 at 7:03 am #1590660
@justaddfuelLocale: MNMar 25, 2010 at 7:18 am #1590661
Beer?Mar 25, 2010 at 7:22 am #1590664
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
BagelsMar 25, 2010 at 9:42 am #1590730
Yall bring up a goood point… if I can keep my luxury baseweight low, it means more space for 'luxury consumables'. Maybe a hammock for lounging, an ipod… I'm finding it funny how bad at this I am.
Looked through Campmor to get some ideas… it's been so long! Look at this stove! Burns jet fuel! 56 oz! Ahhh the nights as a child I spent with a flashlight blackening my thumbs on their newsprint…Mar 25, 2010 at 10:17 am #1590754
+1 on David's list and add:
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers
Folding bowsaw=big fires (yes, deadwood only in auth areas)
"You might be a redneck" category:
Large gun outside of hunting season
Portable DVD player
Loud speakers for your MP3 (I'm seeing more of these, ugh)
Drunken friends for fighting (seen some of these too)Mar 25, 2010 at 10:27 am #1590759
@red_foxLocale: South Florida
– Down filled mat (e.g. Exped or Big Agnes).
– Down filled pillow.
– eVent pants.
– Hard plastic bottles on top of your platys.
– Extra clothes for sleeping in.
– Wet Wipes.
SidMar 25, 2010 at 10:47 am #1590770
A few items I actually backpack with that are definitely luxury items:
–Cushy XP pillow from Arrowhead Equipment
–Japanese pull saw, weighs about 5 oz. (not on all trips, but on any trip I think a nighttime fire might be nice)
–A knife for batoning
–2 titanium mugs – one for hot chocolate and a small one for scotch/coffee
–Scotch (in a titanium flask)
–A 2-cup ziploc container with lid and cozy for rehydrating/eating
–A cozy for my MLD 850 pot
–Down booties in colder temps
I also prefer backpacking with a hammock, so a bit extra weight there. I don't pretend to be UL, just a lighter weight backpacker (my base is still around 15 pounds in colder temps)Mar 25, 2010 at 11:07 am #1590780
Douglas–do you have any more info on that Japanese saw? That's pretty light if it works well and carries OK.Mar 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm #1590799
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
A watermelonMar 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm #1590872
Lol. I did this once. It weighed about the same as the rest of my kit. I carried it across a causeway onto the tiny island of Ciovo off the coast of Croatia and along a cliff ledge for 2 miles to our destination, a tiny fishermens chapel with a well overlooking the Adriatic.
I must return.Mar 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm #1590878
I just weighed it, it's 172 grams (just over 6 ounces, with the plastic 'cover' on the blade). I bought it at Harbor Freight Tools, I think it was called. Pic below next to tent stake for comparison. Of course, a concerted ULer could lighten it up by putting a different handle on it. They make a smaller one as well.
It works great, I've used it to cut through 4"-5" pieces of tree (already down, of course) for fires. Goes through it pretty quickly.
.Mar 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm #1590888
Douglas–I like that saw. Maybe not an every trip item, but for more leisurely trips it's perfect. This along with a knife for splitting wood and you can really go pyro even when it's wet. Thanks for the photo.Mar 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm #1590924
>> Bender <<Participant
Here is a lighter Harbor Freight pull saw. I don't have this but if I remember correctly it was just over 2oz.Mar 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm #1590932
Yup, 2 oz. (on my cheapo scale). I bought that one too. But I haven't used it, I like the larger one so much I haven't bothered to bring the smaller one yet.Mar 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm #1590935
a bazooka is very handy on the trail…Mar 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm #1590954
@kwersalLocale: Western Colorado
I have NO problem coming up with a Luxury List– the problem is to NOT carry everything on the list:
Monarch butterfly chair
bucketMar 25, 2010 at 10:03 pm #1590976
Ok, so I'm a noob….
a bucket?Mar 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm #1590991
Only eat fresh delicious food. Make a dry ice cooler and bring steak.
Bring a pyramid tent and one of those titanium wood burning stoves from titanium goat to heat it, this would (unfortunately in this case) weigh less then 5 lbs. You can also combine this with one of those "hammock tents" that fully surround a hammock.
A water pump.
You don't have any games.
You'll want a full frame pack…
Gear for a second person. Ask someone to accompany you for the day on a "training hike". Accidently get lost and then save the day with extra clothes and a sleeping bag that somehow fit.Mar 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm #1590995
I have an "Imperial Ireland" folding lock-knife with a stout 3" blade and a 3" pull saw. It's my favourite gardening and backpacking tool.
There's one on the bay at the mo olnly shipping stateside if anyone wants it. item# 310209083710
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