I am still reworking all my gear I had from years ago. Some of the best of it from the 70's.
I just returned a MB #2 SS for a MB #1 Spiral mostly because its easier to extend a 15dF bag to 0dF than a 25dF bag.
Right now I am just over 15#, but I can get it down to 13-14 pretty easy. Even so at 15# I should be at around 29# with food for 5 days with 2L water.
I have gone back and forth on shelters. Out for 6 months I would prefer something larger, but that vs weight so...
I decided I wanted a real coated tub floor and a net tent with a tight fly, for obvious reasons. The spitfire is cheap, very easy to set up and should be very wind resistant and if it blows away or gets trashed I can buy another one for $100. Almost my complete list will be going with me all the way. That was the idea with the Montbell #2. I have tried that bag in quilt mode and I did fine in room temps. It really does well sideways with your feet hangin out. I would imagine the #1 might be a bit hot, but I would rather be too hot than too cold. Besides I will have a tyvek bivy I can sleep under, IE on top of the bag with maybe a jacket on.
I almost bought a gatewood cape and bug tent. That bug tent should be perfect for shelters. Then I decided to build my own gatewood cape lighter and a net tent with a cuben floor. After thinking about it a bit more decided to go the real tent route. I want at least a dry ducks jacket anyway as an extra layer. The factory spitfire fly weighs 16oz even. The vent is almost exactly in the middle and is big enough to get your head through after modding the inner strap. Velcro the front and back ends up and you have a big coverage hoodless poncho. Fits me but I am tall.
2nd piece of raingear too.
Interesting on the 14oz after sealing. A MYOG 5x11 foot pocho/tarp with a beak creates a lot of room, like 5' x 8'6. That weighs about 13oz in sil and has one seam at the beak. I will probably do one of those out of cuben one of these days. 6-7 oz in cuben.
As far as a wet bag, I plan to carry a tyvek bivy all the way. If I never use it I will send it back or trash it, give it away etc. Also might swap out to a synthetic quilt. I have been toying with building a cuben inflatable climasheil quilt. Dont think I would like to "Try it out" on a 2200 mile thru hike cold.
I am going to carry most of the listed gear all the way. Will send some of it back ASAP, but not much. Like the spikes will go back early. Will swap out my wearing clothes etc. With a MB #1 bag I will never need insul pants once it warms up etc.
My original plan from a few months ago, was a MB #2, 2.5oz XP overquilt, bivy, bluepad, neoair, tent of some sort. Send back the MB #2 and continue with the quilt. I got talked into just using the #1 all the way and dropping the sumemr quilt, lighter etc when combined and more safety with the #1. The MB #1 spiral is 4 oz heavier than the MB #2 SS UL.
The blue pad I have is full length, 3/8". I got it from Bass pro shops. It weighs 4.3 oz stock. Trimmed 4 oz.
The neoair will go on top of that 100% of the time. I am a side sleeper. Polycro GC, tent, tyvek bivy at times, blue pad, neoair. If the neoair goes flat, at least I will have something.
I plan to start in Feb. I have hiked in Dec and Jan on the southern end years ago, and never needed them. I am questioning that. Might just buy or build instep spikes.
I am going to do a shake down section hike for a couple of weeks in Dec somewhere in Ga, so after that I will probably adjust this setup since alot of it is new.
I think I will take a pack cover anyway. Going with a tent, and rain jacket to start, but I have been caught in torrential rains when I would have liked to have had about 3-4 garbage bags, sheet plastic, bivy sack, a folding army shovel to dig a trench around my tent. Thats fun to do at night with a plastic shovel. Also better raingear, better floor on my tent, Large sponge, a real towel or two, etc etc. To me its worth the extra ounce.
That At list linked above is from a multiple list with a AT now, AT lighter, Winter list, SUL winter, SUL summer all in one spread sheet. Some of the items I have, some I dont.
Dashes, no go.
I have carried a swiss army knife with a saw for about 25 years (not the same one, think I am on number 5). It comes in handy. I dont count anything in my pockets in my pack weight anyway.
Wish I had a thermowrap.
Wish I had some cocoon pants.
Wish I had a Mariposa plus.
I will be starting out with a good bit of winter clothing/layers, but some of it will get shipped back ASAP. The worn stuff is not ont he list.
I have some extra tyvek, so I am going to make some tyvek mitts and booties. We will see how long they last. Probably will add a couple of pairs of latex gloves.
Lighter is nice, but you are right. Food and water are so heavy it gets to a point where you ask if its worth it.
3# costing me $700 is sort of rediculous.
I will probably do some of it and should end up at around 13.5-14 base. 5 days food and 2L h20 = 27-28.5# depending on the wt. of food per day.