Sorry for the "CT" misunderstanding, it's been all I've been thinking about for weeks, so I guess I just assumed everyone would understand what I was talking about.
-The gaiters are more for debris than anything, I'm not under the impression that I'll be facing winter conditions. Ted, can you tell me why you recommend the Montbell gaiters? I've already got the ORs and they're a little bit heavier but they seem very similar to me (Spandura vs. Schoeller dynamic), and the ORs have a more durable strap. If I do end up with different gaiters it would probably be LevaGaiters, since there's no strap to even break.
-I want the mitts because wet hands are no fun when it's chilly or windy and I plan to hike in the rain.
The biggest thing that I was wondering about is this: it seems obvious that the easiest way to cut a lot of weight is to hike in my long sleeve merino shirt (or a different 150g one, like the Beartooth hoody), thereby saving a full 8 oz. It might get hot, but I could always hike with my shirt off (sunburn?) Can anyone weigh in on that?