Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I don't completely disagree with all of your comments, but ---.
The "Great Kilt", for the old time Scottish clansman, was both a body garment and something to sleep under or wrap around them at night when necessary.
I don't think I have a problem saying I am going to wear a "Great Kilt" during the day and turn it into two different items at night. That one of those items happens to be a hammock and the other happens to be a tarp. Oh, and by the way the "Great Kilt" happens to be made out Cuben Fiber. I try and make everything out of Cuben Fiber so that should not surprise anyone that knows me. When I wear the "Great Kilt" I leave home my ExOfficio Shirt (286.3 grams) and Pants (376 grams), those two items in my size weigh 22.4 ounces. The total weight of the "Great Kilt" is 10 ounces. This is less than half the weight of the shirt and pants.
If I wear something all day hiking (Great Kilt) and it takes the place of a shirt and pair of pants - I am wearing it. As for the "Great Kilt", all I have on when I am wearing it is my underwear - you hope - at least most of the time.
I also count my trekking poles as "worn" since I use them all day as I hike.
I do agree about stuff that hangs off our necks, stuff in our pockets, attached to a hat and I am sure a few others. I would not count a watch as packed as most of us wear a watch all the time. If the watch did a lot of other things and was heavier than ???, I might have to think about that.
I am not sure that creating a Sub 1 pound gear list, as a "purest", as you suggest, with materials, (that we can get in todays world), is possible. We are talking about 16 ounces or ( 453.6 grams). That is less weight than two 12 ounce cans of Diet Coke. One 12 ounce can of Dirt Coke weighs 369.4 grams.
The good thing about this "Exercise" has been a lot of new ideas. I expect more good ideas to come before it has run its course.
I would like to say I am going to take a trip up to Georgia and do a hike on the AT to test the Sub 1 pound gear list. I would not fly, so it would take about $500 worth of gasoline - round trip from Home to Springer Mountain, GA and return.
Maybe BackpackingLight.com would like to sponsor the trip for a story and Podcast. I would say pictures also but I can't carry a camera and stay under 1 pound.
However, since the camera has a time feature I could call it my watch and wear it. That is a joke - Jhaura.