>>>look into ankle or dress socks for your 2nd pair and save around an ounce.<<<
Are you suggesting use the second pair for sleeping and hike in the same pair every day? Right now my practice is to switch back and forth every day.
>>>A dri-ducks jacket would save you around 2.85oz-- a $2 poncho would save you even more and is about as breathable as you can get.<<<
I think a $2 poncho would get shredded, but will consider dri-ducks.
>>>nix the cover. You have a liner. save 0.8oz<<<
I should do this, although I like the reduncy in wet New England. However, I know I can manage with just a liner and the Blast doesn't absorb water like some other packs.
>>>Nix the Caldra keg. Look into a SP 600 (2.8oz), fancy feast stove (0.3oz), MYOG windscreen (0.5oz). Total weight 3.6oz. Save 3.75oz<<<
Half of the keg weight is the caddy. I should probably try to wean myself off the caddy but I'm afraid of crushing the beer can.
>>>Do you need two pads? nix the Thinlight, just use your backpack. save 2oz.<<<
I do need the extra pad for lower body insulation on the cold nights and due to occassional nights spent on tent platforms (when forced to by regualtions) or in shelters (for convenience). Those wood floors are hard!
>>>Nix the pillow. Save 0.9oz or use the cuben stuff sack as a make shift pillow and save 0.73oz<<<
Maybe I'll try the stuff sack method again but in the past I never had enough spare clothes to make a decent pillow. Now, with the cuben vapor barrier quilt, my ul down inner and sometimes my long johns will be available.
Thanks for the good suggestions - and all low cost too!