My first BPL post!
In the last few days, I've partially converted to the UL philosophy, and have spent a lot of time paring down weight and ordering better gear. This site, Mark Verber, rei.com, backcountry.com, and eBay have been very helpful. Thanks to those who make all this great info available. I liked BPL enough to join.
With my new outlook, I'm now happy when I can find even half an ounce to eliminate, especially when it involves no sacrifice in functionality, or even an improvement. Before getting to my question, here are a few examples of what I've done lately.
I got some AquaMira tablets to replace my iodine tablets. Now, I store the AquaMira in an old prescription container that's lighter than the old hard container that the Iodine tablets came in. Saves an ounce. I've switched from a Petzl Tikka headlamp (which did a good job for me) to a LiteFlux LF2XT Cree XP-E LED Flashlight, saving about another ounce. I've removed the gauze pad from my pack because I realized that toilet paper + duct tape could make a bandage. It's not sterile, but most of my hikes are day hikes, so this setup is probably good enough, especially since the TP is stored in a ziploc bag that's almost never opened. This should also work for doing what butterfly bandages do, so I don't have any of those, either. I was able to save another ounce by removing the packaging that the TP came in. (I would like to find something that works better than duct tape in cold weather.) After much searching for bags that are lighter than the bag in which I hold my first aid stuff, I realized that the bag can be completely eliminated. The first aid stuff can be stored in a small pouch that my pack happens to have. (Yes, I know, my pack is not UL - I'll work on that later. I just bought it a few months ago.) More than another ounce gone. I've done about 20 things like this, including a major revamp of my clothes.
Well, there's an obvious area where it ought to be possible to save several ounces with relatively little effort: underwear.
The underwear I have now is from REI, and has done a good job. But it weighs six ounces! This is about as much as the Patagonia R1 flash pullover, and the R1 covers the entire torso and arms, which surely is many times what underwear must do.
The problem I am having is that manufacturers seem to tend to not list the weight of their underwear product. The threads in these forums don't seem to list weights for this either. Underwear should not be different than anything else for the purpose of making it light, but it seems to be treated differently. Help!
I'm in the Pacific Northwest and hike or snowshoe just about every weekend. Mostly of my outings are strenuous day hikes; I go backpacking for a few days maybe once or twice a year. Right now I'm looking mainly for cool and cold weather gear. Any ideas for UL underwear? It seems like 2 ounces for underwear is reasonable, and 1 ounce might be possible.
Oh yeah - I'm male. I've not evolved enough yet to go commando. Maybe one day. Not yet. Actually I am ok with that when wearing long underwear. But, most of the time I don't have long underwear on.