I'm trying to drop my base weight, but I have a limited amount of money to spend ($250 over the next year, maybe $500 if I can off load some of my older, heavier gear).
Right now, my 3 season solo base weight is 14.5 lbs using the PCT bagging method and 16.6 lbs with a canister (required in the Adirondak High Peaks area).
The two most logical areas for me are:
1. Pack - I have a 66 oz, 65 liter pack. I like the large capacity, but not the weight (I've had the occasion to use the excess capacity to take gear from injured and slow buddies before). I also need something supportive (prior significant back injury and I need to be able to carry at least a week's worth of food). I occasionally bushwack, so a syl/nylon pack is out. I'm thinking about a ULA Catalyst (saves 20 oz., has a real frame, and large capacity), but I'm open to other suggestions.
2. Tent - I have a 3 lb solo double wall. I'm thinking about a Tarptent Contrail, but wonder about how much of the single wall condensation issues I'll really have here in the North East, especially if I pitch it in the bomber mode and ride out a storm. From everything I've read, it seems manageable, but still a negative. Tarp camping isn't something I'm all that willing to do anymore (I once camped with a guy who got a Brown Recluse bite doing that).
Overall, I'm leaning toward making the pack change first (I don't see any down sides), but would like opinions on that choice and the model.