Yeah I have been using the platy as a pillow for some time before I got the kookabay one. Idk, I just love the kookabay pillow so much, its super comfy and takes such little space/weight in the pack. I'll think about dropping it for the ION list though, thanks for the idea.
Also thanks, mike, for the weights on those. I don't have a scale atm so everything is estimated (mostly everything). I need to go pick up a scale soon.
I haven't mustered up enough machismo to go tarp camping yet, I have always been a tent person, so the lunar solo has been a sort of middle ground since its a tarp/tent hybrid design. You don't know how many times I've thought about making my own tarp though, haha. I would love to be that badass. Too many things I want to try! Tarp, bivy, hammock I want to try them all, haha.
btw, I went through all my gear last night and trimmed off anything that was unnecessary (tags, zipper pulls, etc) and I think I saved a couple ounces. There really was a huge pile of scrap by the time I was done. It seems like every time I evaluate my gear, I find SOMETHING in there that I can do without or that serves no purpose.
Thanks again guys!