None of my gear is heavy, but only some of it is ultralight. I want to take the next step with several key pieces of gear. Right now the base load is a little over 12lb. This needs to be comfortable down to zero. I am happy with much of my gear but need to take my pack, sleeping pad, stove, and raingear to the next level. Walking mostly in the winter I carry a lot of food weight.
-Granite Gear Vapor Trail 2lb
I like this pack a lot but it has about 2500 miles on it and is very worn. I own the 1lb GG Virga but sometimes after a resuppy my pack weighs a little over 30lb (that would be eight days of food and 2 liter water). The Virga doesn't feel very comfortable at that weight. I was considering the mariposa which has stays for support. The MLD Zip pack looks great too, but I like to carry a lot of food. I am concerned with not getting enough support with a UL pack. I embrace the simplicity and size though.
-EMS Gore Tex Paclite raingear 28oz
This stuff is ready to be replaced. My biggest concern in going to an ultralight rain shell is warmth. The paclite jacket allows me to wear only a thin base layer when temps are down to the low teens. I have been looking at the OR celestial jacket and pants which would save over 10oz and still give me gore tex. The zealot would be nice, but no ventilation! I practically live in my shell in the winter months. I looked at the golite reed but the fabric is so thin, I'm afraid. The celestial stuff looks like it would be just as warm as what I've got but lighter due to less frills.
-Prolite 3 Short 13oz
This is a weak spot in my sleep setup. I believe that much heat is lost through this pad. It is very comfortable however and I sleep on it every night even when home. I tried the BMW Torsolite, which is amazingly compact. I like to switch from side to side to stretch sore joints at night. The pad was not wide enough for me. I am considering a new prolite 3 short (with fresh loft) and supplement with a gg nightlight pad or get a prolite 4 short. Perhaps there are other better choices? I use my vapor trail pack under my feet (with the virga I stick a 1/4" close cell foam backpanel. I don't like the bulk of close cell foam pads. I am having trouble 'upgrading' because most choices will be heavier not lighter. Maybe a new prolite 3 short is the ticket?
I like how efficient the stove is. One canister can last up to two weeks. I have read the articles on canister stoves here, and am still confused. I've got to get rid of this thing, I want to say it weighed 1lb 7oz with a full canister. I own a pocket rocket, but the jetboil fits so nicely in my pack. I bought an esbit stove and was not very impressed. At the end of a long day I want my food. I made a pepsi g stove (alcohol) which works fine in warmer weather. I think I need to keep with a canister for the cooler weather though.
-Western Mountaineering Versalite Super 10f 2lb
This bag is great for me, I don't want to try a winter quilt yet. In a GG air compression stuff sack medium 3.5oz
-MLD tarp and bivy 9oz combined
This cuben fiber stuff is amazing! The bivy is very breathable.
In a GG air bag #3 with 8 ti skewer stakes and guyline 3oz
-Aqua Mira <2oz
In a cuben fiber stuff sack with scoop made of cut 1 liter platypus. Carried a filter last year, this is a great change.
-Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Packliner M 3.4oz
Worked great when new, now is old and has some holes. This looks like a light option still. Should I replace with the same?
-Cocoon Hoodie and Pants 17oz combined
I've been using the hoodie on the trail now for a month and love it. Just got the pants today and they fit great too.
-Ibex Woolies base layer
These are very light. The top has held up great but the bottoms have at least six holes. I often wear long underwear with shorts.
-Ems techwick tshirt
This is heavy and dries slow. Not to mention it is cut to fit a large person. So many tshirts, are any a better choice than the others?
-TNF flight series shorts
These are ok, a little long. I like the pockets to put food in.
-Thorlo light hiker socks
I carry three pairs. I would like to try the defeet blaze, something a little lighter.
-Montrail Hurricane Ridge GTX
The current model, not last years. Good shoes, nice ankle cuff. Last about 300-350 miles.
-Pace Balaclava ~1oz
Sold at Bicycle stores, fits great love it
-Mountain Hardwear windstopper hat
This hat is heavy! It is very warm and has two layers, pulls down to easily cover my ears. I wear it often.
OR PL 100 glove liner 1.6oz
OR Credo windstopper glove 2oz
OR Cornice overmit with liner removed
Happy with this system, works well. Cornice mits are a bit heavy, but I like the insulation.
-Petzl MYO XP Headlamp
Much brighter than the heavier MYO SB5 I used last year, and in a whole other league than the tikka. I hike at night often and this light has been great.
-GG Air Bag #6 1oz
For food, which averages of 100 calories per ounce. I need a lot of calories however and and am a little over two pounds per day.
-Roll of toilet paper and stick of bodyglide
Stored together in ziploc freezer bag. I like single ply.
-3liter platypus water bag 1.5oz
Gathering water in the evening. With pop top cap
-1liter Aquafina bottle
My energy drink goes here
-1liter platypus bag with hose
To drink while walking
All of this in a cuben fiber stuff sack
-BPL long handled ti spoon
-2x creative zen mp3 players w/ lithium battery
-2x bic lighter
-3x extra AA and 2x extra AAA
-small nail clippers
-3x5 Aloksak with:
super glue, band aid, steri strip, gauze, hot bond (thermarest repair), photon led light, safety pin, gerber puny, ibuprofen, and benadryl
Thank for reading, I'm sure I will get some great suggestions.