"I see you have a bandana, so why the dish sponge?"
Well the sponge is only 2g (less than 0.1oz), it works better for baked on food and it allows me to keep my bandana dry so I don't have to put a wet bandana in my pack. Plus this way I have the option to use the Bandana for drying the dishes and a dry bandana is more comfortable to wear.
"Nunatak Arc Edge w/a few ounces of overfill- 14oz
Nunatak Skaha Plus vest or jacket-6 or 9.5oz
iTP A3 EOS- 9gm, 80lumen-- see goinggear.com
is your budget gasping for air yet?"
The Ti-Tri inferno could be fun to try...hmm..
I was going to get a cuben mid, but now I'm thinking that the cuben version of the Haven tarp is going to be better because it uses two trekking poles for more headroom and the weight is similar.
That flashlight is sweet....tempting for sure.
What about a lighter two person shelter? Something like the Gossamer Gear Squall Classic, for instance, would still give you reasonable wind/rain/bug protection for less than half of the weight of the Carbon Reflex."
I'm definitely going to do this. I've already sold the Carbon Reflex 2. I'm thinking that Six Moon Designs upcoming Haven tent is going to be amazing. There is going to be a cuben version of the tarp for ~14oz and the net tent should weigh about 18oz, so it's about 2 lbs plus stakes I'm guessing. Details on this won't be out for another 1-2 weeks and the cuben version is going to be even longer unfortunately. I'll probably buy the silnylon version first and the upgrade to the cuben tarp when it comes out 6 months later or so.