Sep 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm #1293908
My super ultralite system consist of
sea to summit 20 liter sil nylon backpack. 2.5 oz
coleman max 800 ml cook pot
adventure medical kits ultralite .3
sol emergency blanket
grand trunk nano 7
cheap 1 dollar walmart knife
esbit titanium stove. .4 oz
princeton tech head lamp
travel size deodorant
travel size toothpaste
travel size tooth brush
small thing of deet
small sewing kit
gsi outdoors spoon
all weighs in at 2 pounds 8 ouncesSep 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm #1910725
So with no extra clothes and just the SOL blanket you can be comfortable to what temperature?
No bottom insulation for your hammock.
What if it rains? You have nothing.
Ditch the sewing kit, toothpaste and deodorant. I found the shoulder straps on that pack to bunch up and be quite uncomfortable
Have you actually done trips with this set up?Sep 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm #1910735
yes when i know its not going to rain. and if i guess right water, food, and clothes are not included. i dont who could hike under 5 pounds with 2 pounds of water plus clothes and food.Sep 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm #1910737
Well if you are talking base weight it does not take into account for consumables such as food, water and fuel.Sep 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm #1910738
every thing all together weighed 8 pounds. i was quite comfortable with just a softshell jacket at 65 degrees. i always bring dehydrated food.Sep 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm #1910745
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Get rid of the deodorant! It is OK to stink on the trail.Sep 10, 2012 at 6:43 am #1910803
So, this setup can't handle rain or even moderate cold and it must be for a location that doesn't require water to be carried at all. This is the problem with SUL discussions, it is so impractical for the 99% of the country/world where those assumptions can't be made. Not to mention that there is likely a practical time limit such as an overnighter that also comes into play, not sure you could load 5 days worth of food into that little pack and call it comfortable.
So, what would your setup be if you had to handle the possibility of rain, cold down to say 30 at night and you needed to be able to handle a waterless section of say ten miles and carry three days worth of food. That evens the playing field a bit.Sep 10, 2012 at 11:50 am #1910910
no one in the world could hike under 5 pounds with clothes food and water. thats why its classified as your base weight. food water and clothes are extra. and yes i have used this system when its warm at night and i know its not going to rain.Sep 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm #1911638
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
How many nights have you used this system? How far away from the trailhead did you get? To me this looks more like a PSK (personal survival kit) than an SUL backpacking kit, although a self-respecting PSK would still have at minimum a trash bag to create an emergency shelter. The lack of a lightweight tarp and some sort of sleeping insulation makes your kit incomplete. Anyone can go SUL if they leave important components out of their kit. I can't think of an environment that remains warm enough at night to have no insulation where it doesn't rain. Areas that it doesn't rain (desert) it gets cold at night. So it seems to me, depending on where you live, you at bare minimum need to add either a small tarp/plastic sheet for rain cover, or a sleeping bag/quilt, or both.Sep 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm #1911707
I think it's disappointing that people load up consumables lists with anything other than food, water, and fuel…same for worn items portion of gearlists. It's true anybody can go UL or even SUL/XUL if you cheat like this ; ).Sep 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm #1911712
I am not going to repeat the concerns raised by others, but I encourage you to take into consideration the issues raised.
But seeing as in the title of the OP you asked about SUL systems, here is what I am planning on taking with me (base weight) this weekend on an overnighter here in Sweden. The weather is high chance of rain, high of 15C to low of 12C.
Pack: Zpacks custom hybrid cuben Zero, 240g
Shelter: Zpacks Hexamid tarp, stuff sack, titanium stakes, stake sack, guy lines, 175g
Ground cover: garbage bag, 42g
Sleeping bag: synthetic rated 13C, stuff sack, 480g
Sleeping mat: trimmed foam pad, strap, 200g
Back pad in pack/sit mat/leg pad for sleep: 40g
Sleeping socks: 30g
Synthetic long sleeve top: 175g
Synthetic beanie: 50g
Synthetic vest: 190g
Clothing stuff sack: 10g
Rain jacket: Zpacks cuben WPB, stuff sack, 135g
Water bottles: 2 recycled generic plastic, 1.5l total, 50g
Knife: Mora basic, 105g
PSK (compass, fire kit, string, flashlight, soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste): 110g
Pot and stove kit: 150g
Total: 2247g / 4.94lbsSep 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm #1911798
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
How do you hold up your tarp? Trekking pole?Sep 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm #1911862
Stick from the woods. I know where on my body to measure the stick, cut it, trim it with my knife, and use a tissue or piece of trash from my food to act as a buffer between stick and tarp to be extra careful with fabric.Sep 14, 2012 at 2:44 am #1912161
I know im getting flak for my system but im not dumb when i set out. i make sure its not going to rain and the temperature isnt going to get to low. this is my bare minimum. i have hiked like this a couple of times. i live in ohio and my favorite trail is the zaleski backpack trail. if i know its going to rain i will bring a tarp. last time i did this hike it got down to 65. it was a little chilly at night but it wasnt unbearable nor did i put myself in danger.Sep 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #1912219
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
If your gear is working fine for the weather, then I think that's great. I have great respect for people that can make a minimalist system work and for people that experiment with PSK systems. I just have trouble with defining it as a true SUL system when you don't have a shelter or sleeping bag/quilt included. It's incomplete. There are others that have SUL systems that have all the components required to do multiple nights or even thru-hikes at the same weight you have. Maybe I'm just being a stick in the mud, but it just seems to me anyone can say they are SUL if they leave out major components for a single overnighter in guaranteed good weather. I carry a PSK that I could do an emergency bivy if a dayhike went wrong that is less than 5 lbs also, but I don't consider it an SUL system because…well, it's not.Sep 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm #1912354
I am by no means going to criticize you or your gear list or anything else. I do not know you, have never hiked with you, and have no idea of your hiking experience.
I have been a XUL hiker for the last few years and have both enjoyed it and very much not enjoyed it.
There are some improvements you can make to your gear list to make your SUL/XUL hiking a bit more enjoyable and safer. At these weights is it all about safety and education. So much of your time must be spent educating yourself on your gear, the trail and escape routes, the weather conditions and how to read the approach weather, and how to control your thermoregulation.
One of the fun aspects of my style of hiking is that when I am not out doing long distance hiking is getting out for sub-24-hour hikes. During the summer time is the best time for this because it really allows you to experiment with your gear without putting yourself at a larger risk.
The lightest I was ever willing to risk for a three day hike was a 1.67 pound BPW setup. You can see the gear list at this page and click the "summer 2011" tab on the bottom. My TPW was 7.53 pounds with a 9.93 TSO weight. I had already had a fair amount of XUL experience at this point (lots of s24h hikes and even more two day hikes) and the max that the backpack could carry was the gear listed and three days of food, so I was never able to do more than three days with this setup. It should be noted that this was done in the summer time with a reported zero-chance of rain. Nighttime temps were a little less than 10 degrees less than the day time temperatures, so I was able to go out without a shelter (tarp). I did all of the hikes with this setup in an area I knew well, where I knew every alternative way to get off of the trail, and multiple friends and family knew exactly where I was going to be, when I was going to be somewhere, and when I was going to check in, and so forth. Hiking at this level means not just a lot of education and trail experience, but the ability to have a support team available to you should you need it/them.
You very much need to build yourself a spreadsheet and really document each and every item. One of the mistakes I made early on. You make no mention of things such as a compass (and no hiker should be out without one, especially a SUL/XUL hiker!), how you are going to clean your cloths as you apparently only have one set, what you are going to clean your cooking pot with when it starts to get nasty (toothpaste? dirt?), cordage (because really, duck tape is not the end-all of trail maintenance items… you going to use ducktape when your shoelaces snap?), your drivers license, money (phone call for support team, to give to somebody that might give you a ride back to your car or into town) — these are items you carry not because you think you will use them, but because they are items that you carry because some day you might actually need them! A lot of things I am just not seeing that you did not mention on your list (or maybe you did not take them, putting yourself at even greater risk and doing a bit of a dis-service to SUL/XUL hiking as a whole) and having that spreadsheet will help you really work out all of these issues.
A lot of it comes down to who you are and what kind of hiker you want to be and what style of hiking you want to do. Nobody here at BPL can do anything but provide advice and experience from their own self-education based on their style of hiking. Keep getting out there and learning as much as you can and sharing with us and other hikers you might know and be open to hearing people offer a lot of suggestions and learning from them, even if they are not hikers that are the same style of hiker that you are.
Anyway Brandon, keep at it and I look forward to seeing your progression in the future!Sep 18, 2012 at 12:45 am #1913240
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
To be honest, SUL or XUL is not that difficult. Problem for me is carrying enough food and water for multiple days and having a comfortable carrying pack.
One really needs to be prepared for weather… in spite of what the weatherman says is going to happen. He is often wrong — even in the desert.
Here is my version of a XUL trip, to include cold weather and rain. Total pack weight with consumables was over 15lbs. Base weight plus everything worn or carried was under 5lbs. I would have been much happier on this trip using my McHale Bump. But I like to push the limits several times each year. Keep me young :)Sep 28, 2012 at 9:41 am #1916403
If not mistaken, I believe 5 lb base wt is SUL.?.? The below kit is a bit over but should keep me comfy down to 32 night time temps and dry night and day. Would easily be under 5 lbs if I traded my Neoair for my foam and used the Sawyer Squeeze as my drinking/storage vessel.
Zimmerbuilt Zen pack w/ modified cuben shoulder strap pocket & hip belt replaced w/ webbing – 10 oz
Western Mountaineering Linelite bag w/ added fleece/silnylon shoulder flaps – 15.97
6' long plastic garment bag for VBL – 1.56
Zpacks Hexamid modified like SMD Wild Oasis, in over sized MYOG silnylon bag doubling as nighttime food bag – 7.58
9 Ti stakes carried in small gatorade bottle doubling as urinal – 3.66
MYOG cuben poncho/ground cloth – 3.6
Neoair, reg – 13.24
MYOG Tyvek hooded jacket – 2.95
MYOG Tyvek chaps – 1.73
Sawyer Squeeze filter w/ med bag, no cap or spout, in cuben bag – 3.35
Klean Kanteen water bottle w/ modified plastic lid – 6.83
MYOG Super Cat stove w/ foil wind break – .28
Listerene sample fuel bottle – .54
MYOG Ti/lexan breakdown spork – .71
Snow Peak Ti pot w/ foil lid in MYOG nylon bag – 2.8
MYOG keychain headlamp – .30
Mini Bic w/ duct tape around – .60
Toothbrush w/ half handle removed & single flosser – .19
Aitor Skinner knife in MYOG sheath – 1.14
1st aid & emergency fire starting kit – .97
MYOG wide brimmed sun hat – 1.04
Polypro short sleeve tee – 4.0
Turtle Fur feece hat – .8
Pentax Optio W20 – 5.51
89.35 = 5 lb 9.35 oz
I have been using similar kit for the past 4 yrs. This is the exact kit used last wkd. 22 miles. 40 deg night time low, 85 day time high. Short night time rain, intermittent day time rain. Lowest elev = 6400', highest elev = 9700'. 41 North latitude.
14.33 oz food/day. Had 2 oz left over + 1 oz fuel.
Minus water, total weight carried in pack when not wearing jacket or hat = 7 lb 9.06 oz.
I wore modified nylon cargo shorts, generic syn boxers, generic wicking long sleeve top, generic ankle high syn socks & Vivobarefoot Breathos.
I take no pants. Instead, I wear my chaps to add warmth to my legs at camp. Chaps double to keep legs dry under poncho. The other two things I always take are sunglasses and small Timex watch.
I take no other stuff sacks or bags other than those listed. I take no toothpaste, sunscreen, balms, or other similar comfort items.
Very pleased with this kit.Oct 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm #1917261
"I take no pants. Instead, I wear my chaps to add warmth to my legs at camp."
Who knew? A s s-less Chaps – the new staple in any SUL kit!!!
I think we've located the last of the Village People, having left the YMCA and heading out into the wilds…… :)Oct 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm #1917278
Haha….oh, I fully deserved that. What I meant to say though, is that I wear the chaps with my shorts. With my shorts, I say. I swear.Oct 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm #1917321
shorts, yeah, that's the ticket!
"In the Navy……"Oct 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm #1917374
spelt with a tParticipant
@speltLocale: SW/C PA
I've always thought that was redundant. Chaps are @$$less by definition. If chaps had an @$$, they'd be…pants!Oct 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm #1917380
"With my shorts, I say. I swear."
As long as you wear the chaps on the outside……Oct 2, 2012 at 1:44 am #1917436
"I've always thought that was redundant. Chaps are @$$less by definition. If chaps had an @$$, they'd be…pants!"
hence the expression, "that really 'chaps' my a s s!"
"…you can sail the seven seas…" :)Oct 2, 2012 at 7:18 am #1917474
…not that there'd be anything wrong with **certain** hikers wearing chaps only…..
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