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What scale do you use?
I am looking for a scale to individually weigh and evaluate each piece of my gear? Any suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks
Any good digital postal scale that weighs both grams and ounces/pounds from 1 gram to 2 kilograms and .1 oz to 5 pounds. The .1-5 pound range is wide enough to weigh everything except perhaps the full pack. You will get closer accuracy with the gram measurement because most scales handle only 0.1 ounce- going to only one decimal place. These specs are shared by almost all digital scales from cheap to over $100 that I have seen. Maybe there is something better out there. If so, I would like to know about it, too.
I use a Pelouze, model SP5. Nothing special, it cost about $30 at a local Office Depot, I think. It measures as fine as whole grams or tenths of an ounce, in the weight range as Vick described. I've never needed anything more precise.-Mark
I also use a digital scale that weighs in grams, ounces & lbs. A good one is fairly inexpensive and most will give you an accurate reading. They're especially useful as you continue to try and shave ounces. I also use a digital fish scale which weighs up to 50 lbs. so I can weigh my pack after I'm done packing up. If I don't like my pack weight I sort through my stuff and see where I might be able to shave some extra weight.
Someone posted the Circuit City basement sale site a while back and sure enough they have/had nice little digital scales that go grams and tenths of ounces (with tare function) for $13 plus a couple bucks shipping. The quality seems good.
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