I’ve returned to backpacking after 2 decades of child rearing. Back in the late 1970s/early 80s a nice 6# pack and similar gear was considered a great advancement over the Boy Scout gear I’d used as a youngster. Imagine my surprise when I found this site. And the price of the lightweight gear. $1,000 later I’m perhaps 1/2 way there.
I’ve borrowed from my bicycle camping gear and winter cycling knowledge to scrutinize recommendations I’ve seen here, most of which were pretty good.
I look forward to heading out west a bit.