Recently my wife mentioned that I spend too much money on backpacking gear. So I set out to prove her wrong, of course. But in the process of comparing my base kit from around 1990 to today, I found some interesting things.
Base weight in 1990 12lbs 9.5oz (Ultralight for the time)
Base weight in 2010 7lbs 3.5oz (still ultralight?)
Difference in weight 5lbs 6.0oz
The cost to save that 5 pounds; $472.00 or nearly $100.00/lb ($5.49/ounce which sounds much nicer) 2/3rds of that cost were for four major items, sleeping bag, pad, jacket, steripen. But I had thought this number would be lower. Little things add up though.
Kind of spendy when you look at it that way isn't it? So I think I will just tell her I spend less than $25.00 per year on average which sounds ultra cheap.