"you have 2 long sleeve shirts.. pick one."
Are you referring to my Phase SL (hot weather, wicking, sun protection) and my Nike Pro Combat (Super tight to the skin Thermal Layer)?
"Houdini and Zeus? pick one"
In what regard? One is a down insulation jacket the other is a thin wind/bug jacket.
"get a trash compactor bag, ditch the pack cover"
Been there, done that. Completely useless if you ask me. When it starts to rain , I don't want to have to tailor a plastic bag to fit my pack.
"ditch the trowel.. you have tent stakes, sticks, and trekking poles"
I've tried this many times (Out in the Rockies and in the Midwest) to no avail. I have barely ever been able to even dig a 6" hole with the saw edges trowel as is, due to massive amounts or roots. Do you have any other lightweight suggestions or tips on how to effectively dig cat holes?
"skip bandana, you have a hat."
I normally use the bandana as neck sun protection and to keep bugs off the back of my neck, but now that I have the Houdini...I guess it is kinda redundant.
"skip all the extra fire stuff or at least pare it down. you don't need 3 fire sources."
I am already considering getting rid of the Fire Starter Pellets. They're in there because my fire starting skills are pretty crappy. I've been practicing.
"skip the fire starter.. bic lighter and a pack of bar matches."
I have weatherproof matches, but I actually find more value in the Fire Steel.
"why isn't the belt in "worn" i doubt you'll carry it?"
I've carried it. I'm a skinny guy and with material stretch and a lot of hiking, I've found I do occasionally need the belt to keep the britches up.
"skip the 10L bucket, wash your clothes when you get home. same with the netting bag."
This is only for my JMT trip next year (21+ days, see "JMT Equipment:" table header)
'skip pack towel, use a 1'x1' of the shamwow"
Again, this is only for my JMT trip next year (21+ days)
"skip the umbrella? rain jacket and umbrella and pack cover? nope nope"
The umbrella is a luxury item for sure. I use it for rain AND sun. Only brought on long trips where I expect a LOT of rain or sun. If you are not an umbrella user, I understand how you might not see it's value. I'm almost one of those that will say, "You can pry it from my cold dead hands!" I can't even begin to explain how handy and multi-purpose they are.