thanks for that nice reply.
I'm glad that you didn't say I was out of my mind for taking that much weight.... because it's already been ordered. lol
I'll eventually go to down filling... I probably need to start small with a jacket or something to make sure I can care for it properly. (down seems so expensive yet so delicate if not treated properly... I'm/used to be? a 1000 denier type of guy)
I considered the 1/2 to 2/3rd style UQ and still am.... main reason I went with the full size is whenever I wake up cold, it's always my feet and legs. Maybe I have poor circulation down there.
I'll eventually pick up a down sleep system. weight/volume savings makes it a no brainer for this type of backpacking.
nice sleeping system gear list..... gives me something to work towards.
the only thing I'll budge on at this point is my UQ/TQ choice.
the WBBB even tho heavier than some is probably the way to go as far as comfort.
and the superfly, although I could go lighter and smaller I'd rather have the protection and coverage WHEN needed.
"Previous 'arguments' that ground dwellers gear 'can' be much lighter than hangers has merit - but my first rebuttal is always that on a thru-hike your body needs good rest/sleep to 'recuperate' each night, day after day while on the trail - thus the 'comfort' factor of hanging is well worth the slight weight 'penalty' "
that is exactly how I'm looking at it.
I'm coming from a bivy sack... I'd carry an extra pound or two to stay off the ground and get a good nights sleep, because I never did in a bivy sack.
I'll probably stick with the setup I mentioned with a open mind about changing it if it's excessive for my use. Really the only thing to change IMO is the uq/tq.
thanks or the well wishes.... I may not complete the entire trek, but, I'm sure I'll enjoy it... at least more than I would in a bivy.