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    My 3 season Gear List - Any Suggestions?

    I weighed my gear for the first time today so I could see what my base weight is. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I am at 12 lbs 8oz. I expected heavier, but the overachiever in me always wants better. I'd like to eventually get in the 10's. Are there any glaring outliers you can see, or is it all nitpicking from here? Thanks for any suggestions.

    BackPack / Storage:
    Golite Jam 70L, trash compactor bag liner - 34.20oz
    Tyvek Food Bag, Gatoraid Bottle - 1.80oz

    Clothing:
    1pr socks, 1pr underwear, golite base shirt, polypro long underwear, buff, in ziplock bag - 18.50oz
    Bandana - 1.10oz
    Rain Poncho 10.60oz

    Cook Kit:
    Snow Peak 600, lid, DIY alcohol stove, mini bic, plastic cup, plastic spoon, foil windscreen - 7.10oz
    Fuel Bottle 4oz plastic bottle in zip lock - 0.90oz
    Water Filter Sawyer filter, Nalgene Canteen - 5.60oz

    Shelter / Sleep:
    Warbonnet Blackbird 1.1 dbl, whoopie sling suspension 22.20oz
    Hammockgear standard cuben fiber tarp w/ doors - 9.90oz
    Top Quilt DIY Down Top Quilt - 17.60oz
    Tree Straps and Biners - 3.50oz
    Under Quilt Hammockgear 20* Phoenix - 18oz
    Ground Cloth 2'x3' Plastic Sheeting - 1.40oz
    10 MSR ground hog stakes in a cuben fiber pouch - 3.90oz
    Hammockgear down pillow - 3.40oz

    Toiletries:
    Poop Pack folding shovel, TP, wet wipes, sanitizer - 7.80oz
    Toothbrush and paste -1.40oz

    First Aid Kit:
    Meds, gauze, mole skin, bandaids, Epi-pen - 7.90oz

    Tools / Etc.:
    Mora Light My Fire - 3.90oz
    Brunton Classic Compass - 1.10oz
    Coleman LED Headlamp AAAx3 - 3.50oz
    Longer tree strap and Extra biner - 5.60oz
    Thermarest Sit pad - 4.90oz
    iPhone 4s - 4.80oz
    
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    Nothing glaring. Solid list. Opportunity for decreasing:
    Darien UL - save about 7 ounces
    Gossamer Gear or ULA pack - save about 7 ounces (depending on size)
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    Dude, thats a sweet setup. It is all nitpicking from here, btw.

    Geez, if I had to pick something... I dunno, you sure you need ALL the ground stakes? 9 times out of 10, I wind up lashing at least a few of my tarp lines to a rock, a tree, something. And/or I am too **** lazy to bother setting all the lines out.

    You could swap the WBBB out for a lighter weight hammock, but they are SO COMFORTABLE. (and the bugnet is mandatory March-December, at least here in the SE)



    Only thing I don't see, is a listing of some kind of mid and outer layer and top cover - which is sometimes counted, and sometimes isnt. I am sure you have it, and for the purposes of this writeup would imagine it doesnt count toward the weight. With a 70L pack, you certainly have PLENTY of room to toss a midlayer and outer shell.

    Nicely done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Dark View Post
    Dude, thats a sweet setup. It is all nitpicking from here, btw.

    Geez, if I had to pick something... I dunno, you sure you need ALL the ground stakes? 9 times out of 10, I wind up lashing at least a few of my tarp lines to a rock, a tree, something. And/or I am too **** lazy to bother setting all the lines out.

    You could swap the WBBB out for a lighter weight hammock, but they are SO COMFORTABLE. (and the bugnet is mandatory March-December, at least here in the SE)



    Only thing I don't see, is a listing of some kind of mid and outer layer and top cover - which is sometimes counted, and sometimes isnt. I am sure you have it, and for the purposes of this writeup would imagine it doesnt count toward the weight. With a 70L pack, you certainly have PLENTY of room to toss a midlayer and outer shell.

    Nicely done.

    Thanks. You're right, I typically wear a fleece pullover or a golite softshell in early spring and fall, and it will sometimes find its way in my pack if I get warm while hiking. I would not have this in summer though.

    I do have a 50L Jam that I can use in the summer when I have the least amount of gear, so that will save me a few ounces. Plus I probably wont use the tarp doors in the summer, so that will be 4 stakes I can leave at home.
    Last edited by Disco; 02-09-2013 at 21:33.
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    Solid list. That is about the weight I'm at as well, though I need to weigh my stuff since I've added a few things.

    Couple things to noodle on.. though I understand why you might keep what you have
    Ditch the shovel, use a stake
    Ditch a couple stakes, use sticks, or get a couple Ti stakes.. the BB entrance/shelf doesn't need bomb proof stakes IMO
    Dutch clips instead of biners
    Keep either the buff or bandanna
    Mora light my fire - i get it, but matches would be lighter as a backup to the mini bic
    Longer tree strap/xtra biner - what are these for?
    How about your tarp suspension?

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    Thanks for the feedback.
    I could probably ditch the shovel.
    I've been thinking about swapping a couple stakes for chopsticks. Maybe I'll take one with me next trip and see how it does.
    I'll check into the dutch clips and see what the weight savings is.
    The Mora's first job is my knife. It has 2 uses since it backs up my mini bic. I could see if there is a weight benefit if I switch to a lighter knife and matches instead.
    The extra strap is a longer strap than what I carry for the hammock so if I run into a situation where I want to hang from a tree that is too big around for my small strap, I can still hang there. Or I sometimes use it to hang my pack from a tree, to discourage rodents from finding their way into my pack at night.
    Tarp suspension is pretty light. Dutch Stingers on zing-ti, Spectra cord with mini locks guy-outs, 1/16 shock cord on the doors.

    thanks for the suggestions.....some things for me to think about!
    Last edited by Disco; 02-09-2013 at 23:34.
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    You are welcome. Losing the pounds was the easy part, right? Ounces - not nearly as easy.
    Our lists are pretty similar (well, I don't have a cuben fiber tarp!)... a few other differences.. those these really start getting into personal preferences
    I carry 2 pairs of (thin) socks vs. 1
    GoLite running shorts instead of underwear
    AquaMira instead of a filter
    Razer blade instead of a knife
    TP (only)
    No ground cloth

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    Which knife are you carrying? I think I must have missed that somewhere. Or did you mean a Mora, and a LMF firesteel?

    As one who goes as light as possible, but still hauls a Fallkniven F1 and (sometimes) a SvenSaw, I am appreciative of any and all knife selections. Even the ones that are razor blades...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    You are welcome. Losing the pounds was the easy part, right? Ounces - not nearly as easy.
    Our lists are pretty similar (well, I don't have a cuben fiber tarp!)... a few other differences.. those these really start getting into personal preferences
    I carry 2 pairs of (thin) socks vs. 1
    GoLite running shorts instead of underwear
    AquaMira instead of a filter
    Razer blade instead of a knife
    TP (only)
    No ground cloth
    Yeah, getting down lower gets really expensive too.

    Another thought, I put the biner end of the tree strap through the looped end, so I wouldnt need dutch clips, but I could switch to light toggles instead of the biners and probably shave a couple ounces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Dark View Post
    Which knife are you carrying? I think I must have missed that somewhere. Or did you mean a Mora, and a LMF firesteel?

    As one who goes as light as possible, but still hauls a Fallkniven F1 and (sometimes) a SvenSaw, I am appreciative of any and all knife selections. Even the ones that are razor blades...
    The Mora has the LMF firesteel in the handle.

    http://www.lightmyfire.com/products/...fireknife.aspx
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