I had a fire at our house recently (everyone was safe, but still a bit traumatic).
In any event, my old gear (not used for 2 yrs about) was all smoke damaged. I have the chance (and a bit of a budget) to try to trend towards lighter gear.
This is in preparation for a VIrginia section hike NOBO starting mid-May this year - in a few weeks.
My question is any suggestions about the big 4/big 6 below. Since I am buying everything new, any advice you have will definitely steer me in a better direction. Keep in mind that until the fire, I was in an old Kelty external, REI 1/2 dome tent, 4 lb bag, etc.
1) Tent: Currently leaning towards TT Moment ($220, 28 oz). Have read lots of positive reviews here in hundreds of threads. Not sure I can leap to a tarp or hammock yet.
2) Pack: Current choice Osprey Exos 42. Leaning here because I sweat a ridiculous amount, and it really kills me when hiking. A bit heavy at 37 oz and $180. Two questions: other packs that are not horribly expensive that have a back suspension? Will 42 be enough, or do I need 58 at 3 more oz?
3) Sleeping bag: This is where I am pretty sure I have wrong choice. Current idea is cheap bags like MS +35 ($90, but 46 oz) or REI +45, $100, 27 oz. Not sure I am ready for $300 down bag, or for MLD quilt - a bit scared of the latter. I did see Sierra Designs on sale with last year's wicked hot +45 for $120, but haven't seen great things posted about that. I am pretty sure that +45 is not enough (say at Mt. Rogers in May) but worried about carrying too much.
4) Pad: ThermaRest NeoAir - $140, 13 oz. This would be a hard one for me to change as I really don't sleep well outside and have loved the feedback on the NeoAir.
Big 4 = around 8 pounds, which everyone here I think would guess a bit too much. Probably greatest opportunity is on sleeping bag or pack
5) Filter = steripen (just a personal preference) - $65, 8 oz
6) Stove = homemade alchohol stove or maybe one of the keg systems at 5 oz or so.
Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.