Some great responses!
For me, it's not an issue of Old School vs. New School. I have certain criteria I follow when selecting and using gear, but it is
a delicate balancing act. Here's the "prioritized factors" I follow when selecting and using gear (in no particular order
When selecting a piece of gear, it gets evaluated on each of these points. I don't use a set particular order, since different activities have different priorities. Most of my time spent outdoors is either kayaking or day hiking...two different activities with different needs. Kayaking affords me the ability to pack a bit heavier than if I were actually carrying the gear on my back, so the priority order would change accordingly. When day hiking, my priority needs change a bit and I go lighter. Sometimes, time-tested gear that's bombproof is what I need. Other times, it's "New School", cobweb-thin and light-as-a-feather stuff that I haul around.
I first discovered these principals from an article found here
. It's a good read. Mainly geared towards paddling, but like I said you can change the order of the priorities to suit your particular hobbies and/or personal requirements. (Yes, I'm the one who contributed my picture/breakdown of my summer loadout found at the bottom of the article. My set-up is a bit different now, though.)