This is the gear list I've been using for the last three years, with a few tweaks.
My trips range from 2-7 days with this setup, 3 seasons, solo, mostly in Colorado high country, and largely on trail. I usually get out about 50 nights a year. On trips under 4 days I replace the Lite-Speed pack with a Go Lite VO 24 pack, with ~1200 ci capacity. Other additions are made for off trail travel.
In general, I'm looking for opinions on the list, I feel that the gear is easy to use, ensures I'm well prepared, is flexible enough for true 3 season use (temps above 15F), uses weight and pack space efficiently and that everything there is necessary. I would love to hear any counter-arguments to these points.
Specifically I'm wondering if anyone has any pack recommendations for this kit, the Go Lite packs were chosen for the following reasons:
* Shallow side pockets allow me to replace a water bottle with pack on, while I can't with taller side pockets (short arms).
* Semi-durable fabrics for off trail travel.
* Not too big, as my kit is pretty compact.
* Panel loading. This isn't necessary, but a plus.
* Internal frame on the larger pack results in a nicer carry even if it is unnecessary for the weight.
* The hipbelt pockets are integrated, and can be operated with one hand. Many hipbelt pockets from small gear manufacturers are a bit sloppy because they are attached at 2-3 points, making operation with one hand difficult. I seem to need two hands, one to hold the pocket, and another to open it. I always seem to drop my poles when I do this and it's frustrating. The pockets on the Go Lite packs are fully sewn into the hipbelt, so one handed use is possible.
The other heavy item is the sleeping pad. I used to carry a closed cell foam, but in this case the SUPREME comfort and compact nature of the POE pad trumps the bulky, not as comfortable foam pad.
Thanks for reading, I hope to hear some opinions.