i know this thread started almost 2 years ago and has pretty much been exhausted, but i was shopping for halloween costume stuff at Dollar Tree and found something that I knew had to be added to this thread, and in the name of this thread bought it. there was something primal about this piece of gear, even more zen like than cuben fiber, at least to a college kid. Drumroll please...
A $1 backpack! Weighs about 6 oz, no pockets, unpadded 1" webbing shoulder straps akin to the worst thought out MYOG backpacks, and made of what looks like 200D polyester of the cheapest quality. The zipper feels like it could bust open at any moment. The volume is about 1000-1300 ci. To me, it reminded me of the days contemplating uses for emergency blankets and bubble wrap, $4 6x8 poly tarps, fleece blankets, my first catfood can stove, and other things that just barely worked.
I think this backpack even requires a new category of backpacking- Super Ultra Cheap. Now heres my SUC gearlist-
$1 backpack 6 oz
$5 poncho vinyl 9 oz (sleeping bag cover when cold or no manmade shelter
$1 emergency blanket 2 oz (groundsheet/ bivy)
$5 2.5 yds of walmart fleece for blanket (duct tape footbox together :) 14oz
$1 50 ft string 2oz
$9 thinlite 1/8" 2oz
$2 cotton taboggan 2oz
$.49 tuna stove .5 oz
$5 scout mess kit pot 3 oz
$1 gatorade 32 oz bottle 1.4 oz
$15 accessory kit (AAA flashlight, bleach,med kit,plastic spoon, survivo 5-1) 7 oz
$.25 not enough toilet paper .5 oz
There you have it, under 50 oz, safe to 50*, not too dangerous at 45*, completely rookie, no sewing, and only $45.74 (shipping, gas, etc not included), and a terrible idea. I feel the need to use this gearlist for a 2 nighter.