Feb 3, 2013 at 9:09 am #1298797
Nate BoyerBPL Member
I'm looking for help identifying areas that could use improvement, or advice to lighten the load.
I thought I'd be around 9 lbs, but I'm over 11.
I made the list to include all the clothes I won't be wearing. This means I'd be wearing pants, t-shirt and shoes.
ThanksFeb 3, 2013 at 9:24 am #1950307
@anarkhosLocale: Colorado, Wyoming
You could lose the GSI bowl and just use your cook pot for eating. Also you could drop the trowel and just use a rock or stick for digging.Feb 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm #1950387
None are very heavy, but you are listing a wool hoodie, wind breaker, WPB shell, poncho, and down jacket – all for the Summer. Pick one shell and one insulating layer(if you need it in the summer) and leave the other half pound or so at home.
Just my 0.02Feb 4, 2013 at 6:06 am #1950620
Nate BoyerBPL Member
I do only have one insulating layer.
The wool hoodie is basically a long sleeve base layer. It is very thin.
I'm considering leaving the houdini behind, but it is my most used clothing item.Feb 5, 2013 at 5:34 am #1950975
Loki CuthbertBPL Member
@lokbotLocale: Portland, OR
do you need 4 liters of water? leave a liter bottle at home and save 1.4 oz
Your fuel bottle weighs 3 oz. it could weigh .5 oz
gsi bowl 2.8 oz eat out of your pot or the bag you re hydrated your food in if you want to keep your pot clean.
how about 2 oz rain skirt instead of 6 oz rain pants
double rain gear? drop the 1.7 oz poncho
that's 12.4 oz.
The circuit is an awesome pack that can help you haul that 8 lbs of water when you need to carry all 4 quarts regularly, but I think you could get away with a much lighter pack on trips where you're carrying less water at any given time. I have a 37 oz granite gear crown vc and I personally have been eyeing the zpacks arc blast at 13.5 oz. I'll probably add a pair of belt pouches so it comes in at 15 oz. That's my 1 big gear upgrade for the year.Feb 5, 2013 at 7:10 am #1951002
Mike VBPL Member
Nix Wool Hoodie, use what you are wearing as your baselayer 10
Nix Poncho 1.7
Nix Houdini, use your rain jacket as a wind breaker 4.2
Baseball hat is heavy and why is it packed instead of worn? 3
Fuel bottle is heavy, replace with 8oz water bottle or rum runner flask ~ 2.6
Nix Bowl, eat out of pot or freezer bag 2.8
First aid/repair kit is heavy, also replace spare lighter with matchbook ~ 2
Nix a water bottle or the bladder ~1.4
Reduce your Dinky stuff or put stuff in a lighter bag ~ 1
Nix xtra batteries, make sure you head out with fresh ones ~1
Nix deodorant, you are gonna stink even with it
Nix Trowel, sticks work surprisingly well .6
that’s almost 2 pounds without buying any replacement items
also… no toilet paper?Feb 5, 2013 at 7:46 am #1951010
You can also get shorty sleeping pad and save 6oz. Use your pack to insulate your feet. I agree with ditching the ibex hoody. While I love ibex (wearing some right now), you can bring a cap1 or equivalent top and save another 6oz. If your rain coat is truly breathable, ditch the houdini. Viola, 1lbs gone!
FBFeb 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm #1951105
Jared BakerBPL Member
@simply_lightLocale: Midwest, US
I agree with lokbot. The ULA is too much for so light a load. A good pack that is light weight and still has volume, is the granite gear virga. You can often find a used one from $50 – $70. That would save a whole pound and still leave you with a pack plenty large enough for your gear.
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