I need to cut weight here, but there are some unique circumstances:
1. I'm riding trails, not fire roads. Nimbleness on the trail and a full suspension bike are in the cards, not a bike loaded to the gills with panniers. Ergo, packability is more important than weight.
2. A tent is a necessity- bugs are nasty in So Cal in the summer. Also, I'd rather stuff a tent in a compression sack than take a UL tarp and have to bring trekking poles.
3. Any other suggestions are most appreciated (but please consider my rationales- although I hope people will contradict them, since I'm pretty open minded about this stuff).
Pack: Gregory Ekko. Just under 4 lbs, but auto-cant harness and exo-frame frame sheet are worth their weight (IMO), due to the body work that goes into controlling a bike on rough trails.
Rear rack: Moots tailgator. 150 grams!!! (lightest rack in the universe), and just large enough to hold a sleeping bag on top and a sleeping pad underneath. I was planning on using bungee cords to secure the items to the rack, but i feel like people around here cringe at the mention of bungee cords... spectra guy lines cut to length and tied around the rack? I'm curious.
Bag: probably a Big Agnes Lost Dog 50 (no hood = more compressible, plus it's decently light). Oh yeah, and I'm a strict vegan, so no down bags...
Pad: probably a Big Agnes non-insulated air core. Heavier than a Z-lite, but much more packable. Maybe even torso length... is that uncomfortable? Please advise.
Stove: snow peak giga power manual. Light, and I don't expect it to be too windy. MSR windpro if conditions demand it. How are those esbit stoves? I'm curious.
Cookware: Sea to Summit plastic spork, MSR Titan Kettle to boil water in. Mary Jane's organic dehydrated meals for dinner, sharkies and clif bars for lunch, museli for breakfast. anyone know of someone who makes dehydrated soy milk? man that would be sweet.
Tent: Montbell Hexagon. Lightweight, roomy enough for extra gear (bike gear like helmet, gloves, etc) and big enough to share with a bike (albeit uncomfortably) if i'm caught in a deluge. since the bike will stay outside at night, i decided i could use the floor space for gear storage and wouldn't need to sacrifice precious pack space for a tent that has a nice vestibule (but more fabric, like a Big Sky Evolution). I may lighten the tent with a custom Easton carbon pole or Ti stakes. Is it worth it?
misc things: black diamond spot LED lamp for camp use or in emergencies to light the trail. Dakine 3L reservoir (there goes the pack space), and an MSR waterworks filter. I'll probably carry the filter in a mini frame pack on my bike. Bike tools and spares go in a silnylon stuff sack, bike clothes go in another silnylon stuff sack.
So, what should I do to make the load lighter?