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Differences between winter and 3 season pack
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Christopher Williams
(clwilla) - F

Locale: The Bluegrass
Differences between winter and 3 season pack on 07/25/2008 06:49:46 MDT Print View

As I start to plan what might be included in my winter/shoulder season light pack, I'm discovering that it will be significantly heavier (and bulkier) than my summer/spring pack.

How much of a weight difference do you see in your packs for different seasons? A percentage is fine, approximate numbers are also good.


Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Differences between winter and 3 season pack on 07/25/2008 06:59:32 MDT Print View

I'd say 2-3 lbs for me has been the norm in the past but we don't have a real winter season in the SE.

Edited by simplespirit on 07/25/2008 07:00:07 MDT.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Differences between winter and 3 season pack on 07/25/2008 11:56:13 MDT Print View

My weight doubles, but my volume more than doubles.

The reasons? ....
Obviously layers of warm clothing.
Switch from alcohol stove to inverted canister stove.
Heavier, bulkier sleeping bag/quilt.
More sleeping pad insulation.
More food. (warming energy).
Got to positively stay dry - rain pants, dry bags.
Water crossing shoes (crocs).
Snowshoes/crampons(love my Kahtoola Microspikes).

Then there is the intangible component. Since winter is not forgiving, I tend to err on the side of caution when packing, which I'm sure adds more than few ounces.

Edited by mad777 on 07/25/2008 11:57:51 MDT.

bobby c
(bobbycartwright) - F

Locale: i don't need no stinkin badges!
winter weight on 07/25/2008 12:10:19 MDT Print View

My winter pack weight for 3-4 days without food and water is around 12 lbs. I'm in the SE but it does get cold here. We stayed in Butter Gap in Pisgah NF last new year's and it got down to 9 degrees one night. And that was in a wooden shelter. Here's a link to my list...