I really appreciate the info. Fortunately, I discovered BackpackingLight at the same time I discovered HF and I have pretty much gotten my base weight down to UL (under 10 lbs) and that's including a Deuter pack that weighs 42 oz. which is NOT UL. Its wt stands out in my otherwise UL kit, but I've got a lumbar issue and the pack is amazingly supportive.
I'm certainly not complaining (as I mentioned in my OP) about the wt of the BB. I just don't visit the forums as much as I used to and so I thought perhaps someone had discovered something that I wasn't aware of. Similar to when I discovered Derek's wonderful illustration and video of using tarp flyz and dutch hooks to make my already light continuous ridgeline set up even lighter.
This 5'5" 130 lb nearly 60 yo gal really appreciates it. ....Oh and BTW I do work out to stay in shape :-)