I am getting ready to hike the CT & some of the CDT this summer. I have basic list together and have trial loaded my gear in a Vapor Trail, Jam, and Absaroka.
The Vapor Trail won out. I will have a max of 7 days between mail drops, and the capacity and heavier load carry ability will be very useful, as it has in the past. The lack of hipbelt pocks is the major dislike for me, but I am thinking of getting Gossamer Gear pocket to solve this. I would like to hear anyone's experiences with these.
The Absaroka carries well, but lacks the capacity I need. The pack will be great on trips with more frequent resupply points. It is my style and gear that limits this pack for me. I will use for other hikes, and do like it.
The Jam has always been my 3 - 4 day pack. I like the outer back pocket for daily needs, and the pack fits me great. The hip belt pockets are a little on the small side for me, but have served me okay.
The majority of my pack weight comes from my food and water needs. I have 13 lbs of food for the 7 day areas. This seem heavy to me, but it appears to good by the 2 lbs per day guideline. I know that I use 1L of water for 5 miles of hiking. I have 12 - 20 mile areas without convenient water sources, so I am prepared to carry 4L on these occasions. I have not listed my clothing that I am wearing.
Thanks for looking this over and giving me the benefit of your observations.
Vapor Trail: 972g (34.3) I like volume & the heavier load carry over my Jam , but hate the lack of hip belt pockets
Merino top: 216g (7.6)
Merino btm: 177g (6.2)
Wool crew socks: 66g (2.3)
MS synth pullover: 395 (14)
Poly gloves: 34g (1.2)
Wool gloves: 52g (1.8
SW beanie: 59g (2.1)
Wind shirt: 101g (3.6) New item to try, used rain shell in the past with good results
Virga rain jacket: 232g (8.2)
Reed rain pants: 159g (5.6)
Rain overmitts: 81g (2)
MB #2 reg: 804g (28.4)
T-Rest wm pro 4: 680 (24)
MSR Hubba HP: 1264g (44.6) Giving my Hut & tyvek a rest & trying a new shelter
Evernew .9L Pot: 117g (4.1)
Pot cozy .9: 33g (1.2)
Bowl: 16g (.6) Just a plastic bowl to mix up food & rehydrate in(beans, PB, and various powdered mixes)
SP Spork: 16g (.6)
Caldara Cone & Stove: 56g (2)
Reg bic: 21g (.7)
Nalgene 16oz: 68g (2.4) This always goes with me (mixer, cup, hot h20 bottle, olive oil protector, ect. )
Nalgene cozy: 14g (.5)
H2o Filter: 395g (14) Yes, very heavy! Weight is when wet and includes scoop, bleach, sack, and hand sanitizer
Bleach dropper: 13g (.5)
Plat 2L: 36g (1.3)
Platy spares: 26g (.9) cap, bite valve, and filter link. All have fail in the past
Ladybug: 17g (.6) great little knife and lighter the my Mora clipper
EOS headlamp: 100g (3.5) Rugged and bright, even though 1oz heavier than my tika
Camera: 146g (5.1)
GPS: 180/148g (6.3/5.2) w & w/o case weights. New item I am trying out
Compass: 36g (1.3)
Sansa mp3: 60g (2)
Jet scrm whistle: 10g (.4)
Bandana: 25g (.9)
Sunstick: 33g (1.2) SPF chapstick
Triptease: 41g (1.4) bear bagging
Toilet kit: 51g (1.8)
Deet dropper: 13g (.5)
Headnet: 30g (1.1)
First Aid Kit: XX (3)
Maps: 66g (2)
6970 grams / 245.9 ounces / 15lb 5.9 ounces