Hey all... I've finally come to the conclusion that I am a bit too indecisive and I WAY over-research any of my gear purchases. This leads to way too many hours spent going back and forth between any purchase I make and critical family time lost. Although I'm blessed to be living in Europe for a few years, I prefer to buy online due to exchange rate. Finally, I live in an area where I can't just go get hands on most of the things I look at, so I end up buying sight unseen. I come to you on my knees, looking for answers ;)
Situation: I'm a rock climber at heart, so most of my trips revolve around that. However, this is my first winter where I don't hang the rope up for ski's, so I am trying to build my winter gear up a bit. The extra items required for the cold weather camping mean less room in my pack, so I am trying to cut back on size in some key areas.
I'm pretty new to UL, having just found BPL a few weeks ago. With that being said, most of my gear has been purchased w/o a UL mindset. In order to save (most important) space and weight, I'm looking to replace a few key pieces of gear.
Shelter: My shelter is a Marmot Limelight 2P freestanding tent. This is likely my first changeout, as I look to cut back on size. However, I don't use (nor want) trekking poles, and often times I am above the tree-line. I will be in the tent/shelter alone 90+% of the time. Light rain, some snow, not alot of heavy wind. Suggestions?
Sleep system: Marmot Helium 800-fill down bag. I also have a military gore-tex bivy sack (wiggy's), silk liner, and military style poncho/liner. I also have a snugpak synthetic that might be a better winter bag when matched with a bivy. Thoughts/suggestions?
Torso layer: Pata Cap or Icebreaker base, NF fleece or Arc'teryx LT mid, EB FA Down Jacket w/ hood, military issue Extreme Cold Weather Prima-loft (sport) Parka.
Snowshoe recommendation for a 200-pounder w/ pack and climbing gear? EDIT: No longer needed, just found a killer deal on geartrade for the Atlas Aspect 28's for $160!
I carry a rope and all my climbing gear also, so this isn't an UL setup, but looking to shed some size and weight where I can. I'll move onto stoves and other stuff once I get this part where I want it.
Ok, I'm a master of the search function, but this is consuming me and no kidding my family is suffering from my time on the computer. I get a pretty good deal from Nemo, for what that's worth but still trying to save a buck as Uncle Sammy is turning into quite the penny pincher. All that being said, any advice/suggestions would be great.