I'm happy with my base weight of 10kg. will endeavour to get this lower in the future, but for now, I've spent enough money on gear, need to save money for future hiking trips so I can put all this gear to good use.
I've been seriously considering going back to Volleys. I used to wear them years ago, when I first started hiking. Never had any problems with them. All these new high tech boots are a nightmare for me. I like the quality, but to me there a torture instruments.
Gaitors I agree on, Particularly if your on your own, like I was on this trip. I own a pair of Sea to Summit Event gaitors. I wear them on many of my hikes, mainly for protection from snake bites. Never been bitten by one. I usually keep a eye out for them on the tracks. What I have encountered a lot of late are the red belly black snake, highly venomous, but docile and tend to keep there distance as I do. We also get a lot of Carpet Pythons up this way, there huge, but not venomous, you do have to watch those, they can have a go at you. Or maybe that's because we try to catch them as part of research for the parks and wildlife service. When I say we, I'm meaning with park rangers, as I am a avid volunteer for the past 12 years with the QLD parks and Wildlife Service as a researcher. I never attempt to catch them if I'm not with another ranger.
My main area I research is the Sea Turtles, particularly the endangered Loggerhead Turtles and the soon to be endangered Green Turtles. Fascinating creatures they are and very interesting to study. A big bonus with being on the research team is I get to go to area's that are not open to the public.