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Andy Goodell
(geekguyandy) - F

Locale: New York State
Off weights on 04/01/2007 11:46:06 MDT Print View

I just purchased a Golite Gamut jacket and a Mountain Hardware Drifter pack, both are very nice pieces of gear, but I was surprised that their listed weights were off. They were 12-15% higher than the listed weights, which to me was not worthy of too much complaint, but a little frustrating when I had expected them to be lower. I want to make sure my scale is accurate in the near future, but it's fairly new and measures down to single grams. Thinking back, I think all my items were slightly higher than listed weights, but these were the most off I've had. Is that just normal? Should I contact the companies and let them know I was a little dissapointed?

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: Off weights on 04/01/2007 16:52:10 MDT Print View

I suggest an easy and "precise enough" calibration test for a scale that weighs to the individual gram (i.e., an inexpensive type electronic scale). Find some coins that look quite new & shiny and not in any way visually worn or nicked. The weights of U.S. coins can vary to some degree, but there are specs and --- you should get a sense for whether your scale is at fault or (as is unfortunately too often the case) the manufacturers err on the optimistic side in their given weights.

A U.S. dime should be 2.268 grams; get a bunch of 'em and see what your scale says. A quarter is supposed to be 5.67 grams. A nickel is exactly 5 grams.
http://www.usmint.gov/faqs/circulating_coins/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=faq_circulating_coin

If it's the manufacturer's being overly optimistic --- that might make a good thread here (which one's stretch the truth the most, and the most consistently?). It certainly can't hurt for all of us to directly express our dissapointment --- while reiterating that at the same time that we *do* want weights given. So long as they're not too far off, I'd rather somewhat optimistic weights than no weights given at all ...


Brian Lewis

ian wright
(ianwright) - F

Locale: Photo - Mt Everest - 1980
off weight on 04/02/2007 05:16:44 MDT Print View

Yes, it is a let down. I recently bought a daypack that weighed in at 1087g but advertised as 900g which is a 20% difference. I'm very happy with the pack but 900g was the upper limit of the weight scale for me. I've only been able to cut off about 50g of straps etc.

Andy Goodell
(geekguyandy) - F

Locale: New York State
Re: Re: Off weights on 04/05/2007 20:01:19 MDT Print View

Thanks! I tried it with quarters and the weight of 100 quarters came to 567.1 grams, so I guess my scale is pretty accurate.

Ian, same happened with my pack. It was 4 ounces over the listed weight, but I took off about 12oz so it's ok now.

Edited by geekguyandy on 04/05/2007 20:04:00 MDT.