Hi all -
Please check out the lightweight winter gear list linked to my profile and give me some feedback. Basically, I'm putting together gear that will let me be comfortable but also put in relatively high mileage days snowshoeing on the Superior Hiking Trail in February. I've been getting more ambitious with winter backcountry trips lately and will have opportunities for trip(s) potentially longer than a week.
Nighttime lows sub-zero F are likely, with day-time highs from high single digits to high 20s F probable.
Of course, I've already been testing some of this stuff out over the past couple winters and plan to do some "safe" overnights close to my car prior to setting out for a longer trip. My list may change based on forecasts, etc.
All constructive feedback is welcome, but I have a few specific questions/changes I'm considering:
1. Should I stick with softshell pants, or replace them with a full-zip eVent hardshell pant for all day aerobic snowshoeing (i.e. Rab Bergen pants)? As of now, the only real "hardshell" i have on the list is a homemade set of sil-nylon vapor barrier clothing. The Bergen pants may be able to double as a hardshell and as something breathable/ventable enough to wear while travelling (no personal experience with eVent yet).
2. I may add my MYOG climashield combat vest for added warmth if needed while walking/in camp (8 oz).
3. I haven't purchased insulated pants yet, but will likely go with some Montbell Thermawraps for near full-zippers and synthetic insulation with low weight.
4. I may add one more set of insulated mittens.
5. A half sil-nylon floor for my Shangri-la 3 might not be necessary, but I think it will be nice on longer trips.
My goal is light, safe and affordable, but have a limited budget for some judicious purchases at this point. At the time of this post, my baseweight is 15.8 pounds (with a couple of anticipated purchases factored in). I kind of anticipate adding a bit of weight back to this and am deliberating where the most bang for my buck/ounce would be.