Thank You! I really owe it to this community. I use 3 bandanas because the idea of wiping my face with the same one I wipe my dishes with doesn't thrill me. Basically 1 for dishes(wraps my stove when stored in the cook set), one for me, and one kept clean in case I need it for my filter or other purposes I may want a clean cloth for (tourniquet, bandage, etc.) I know I don't need that many, but I am far more comfortable (even if just mentally) with an extra bandana or two and at an ounce or less each the comfort to weight ratio for me is very high.
I'll look into the Swiss, my multi tool alone may be fine as I realized that it has a knife as well.
My Sunglasses are Prescription so I imagine my lenses are much thicker (should have specified in the list)
I can definitely shave a few more things, yes. But at this point I can not spend any more $$$ on gear and stay married. So I have what I have. (One more Christmas and Birthday before JMT so I may try to replace a couple of things)
I was looking at the Hornet 46 when I bought the Talon 44, I just don't have any frameless experience and I don't think I am quite light enough to be comfortable with that. Maybe it would work for the first half when I will be resupplying every 2-3 days, but once I hit MTR I'll be carrying 9 days (8 nights) worth of food on me. Figure around 12-15lbs added to the 15lbs I am at that would bring the pack very close to it's 30# limit.
A couple of thoughts....
Maybe I could acquire the Hornet for Christmas and use it for the first half of the hike and send myself the Talon at MTR. I can then send the Hornet back home.
I was also thinking I may need to send my regular size bearvault to MTR and send back the solo, but I'm going to see If I can come up with a menu for 9 days that will fit in the solo. Anyone use the solo for a similar stretch?