How low will you go with your base weight before saying, "enough"?
It is an interesting game to get a kit down to UberSpartan levels, but I wonder how many won't go to those lengths due to comfort, durability or cost. I wonder how many have dipped their toes in the SUL pool and decided that a few extra ounces aren't that bad. I'm not even thinking about traditional gear, just the gap between say 5 and 14 pounds base weight. Let's throw out the expeditions and the thru-hikes: I'm betting 99% of the multi-day trips by the readership here are 2-3 days, with one or two week-long journeys in the height of summer. I think that calls for a
Cost is probably the least concern to me. Much UL gear is actually less expensive or at a par with the heavier stuff. Packs and tents strike me as being pretty good bargains. There are some exotics like Cuben-based packs and tents, but that seems to be a small niche within the UL world. High end down gear comes up on my radar as being the most desirable and expensive item on most UL gear wish lists.
Comfort are safety are bigger concerns for me. Camping bug free, warm and dry, sleeping well, purifying water, and eating well come up on my radar. Likewise, having the basic essentials to keep yourself out of trouble are important to me. Carrying a pack that won't make you feel like a human pretzel is another item.
Durability hit me when I tried SUL wind pants. You should be able to sit down or crawl out of your shelter without damaging your clothing. Living on your hand and knees in the dirt can be a little tough on clothing. And I would like to be able to get down the trail without having light brush turn my pack into an expensive prayer flag set. I crossed that line and said "enough."
Shelter.... two words: bugs and rain. Sorry, but I would like to escape being eaten alive or becoming a test cast for West Nile virus moving into the region. I do live and hike where it does rain a bit, and I would like to get through the night without waking up in a silnylon swimming pool, or have the wind change direction and find the lawn sprinkler aimed at the open "front door."
What's in your pack?