Pack - That was the lightest internal frame pack I could find with any kind of volume to it. I searched for a while. I think I can pull the frame out and save a pound. I can experiement with that if you think its a good idea.
Insulation - That would be for colder months (fall, spring). I'm tall and thin and don;t retain heat well. I got it from Golite and was the lightest I could find without going down (and expensive). It's much better than my flece.
"You're right--cook pot is very heavy: 11 oz! I use a Snowpeak 600 mug, so no need for separate cup and pot. 2.8 oz. Use bandana instead of pot holder. I've also used a Stanco grease pot with MYOG foil lid (~1 oz, $6) and GSI plastic cup (>1.5 oz). Try a MYOG alky stove to see if you like it. Less than 1 oz, easy to make, basically free."
I can definitely apply these recommendations.
"Your LS shirt and thermals seem a little heavy at 0.4# (6.4 oz), but looking at some of your other weights, I suspect your scale isn't very accurate at the low end. For example, 0.2# ~ 3.2 oz, which is really heavy for a firestarter (mini Bic is 0.5 oz). There are plenty of threads here with recommendations for digital scales accurate to the gram or tenth of an ounce that cost $20 or less. Best purchase you will ever make, IMO."
Thanks. The fire starter is a tube of grease, not the lighter. I'll pick up a scale at some point. I had to use a digital bathroom scale that was only accurate to the nearest 0.5 lbs and then add nickels to my items until I hit the next weight increment. It got me into the ball park, which is what I wanted. Before I had no idea.
The bottom line (at this stage of the game, anyway) is I needed to figure out where my big weight savings were. ie I know TP weighs less than 0.05 lbs....sure, I could ditch it, but wouldn't it make more sense to worry about my pot and water purifier?
"Aquamira replaces pump filter in my system. Can be repackaged to 1 oz. Costs $15. That alone will save you half a pound."
Thanks. Will look it up as soon as I'm done typing!
"2 knives? Gloves *and* glove liners? FAK at 0.4# (6.4 oz)? 5 oz of rope? Mike C! will prob. tell you to nix the TP, which is more philosophy than weight savings, IMO, but I think he makes a good case for it. I'm going that route this season."
Gloves will depend on whether. I'll re-asses the amount of rope I have.
"Replace boots with trail runners. I still love my old Danner Mountain Lights, but dropping 40 oz from my feet was worth retiring them."
They actually are trail runners. They're hi tops, so I call them boots. Yeah, I ditched the boots last year.
"You can easily drop a few pounds by leaving things out and replacing others with inexpensive lighter alternatives. Then buy a lighter and smaller pack, and you can be around 10# base with no change is your perceived comfort (you already have pad, tarp tent and quilt reasonably light)."