Greetings all. Have been lurking and reading up on multiple items as I'm trying to trim some weight (not necessarily to be ultra-light but much lighter than I am now). Currently hauling about 40lbs on a backpacking (3-4 day weekend) wanting to be lighter than what I have now. Google led me to this site so for the last few weeks I have been perusing it daily. I have been through a lot of the searches and reading about the big 3 (tent/sleeping bag/backpack). I have been to vendor sites (tarp tent, big sky, etal) names i never heard about before reading forums here. I want to thank you all for your contributions as newbies come aboard (ie like me!).
Not to turn this into some previous 'which 2p tent should I get, etc' (read many many pages of forums but some are dated) but when its all said and done I guess it is.... want to ask the following:
a) On tents, I currently have a Nemo Losi 2p, its for me, I solo when out (once a month over weekend)I love the Nemo as it is bombproof in storms. I ENJOY bug free/dry 'home away from home'. But it is weighty.... Want to lighten shelter space up but still have a true 2p tent if needed.I have looked at Scarp2, Big Sky Evolution and others. The more gear forum articles I read the more confused I get (read one, ok thats great will get that, read another, go dang maybe that one is better...) For comfort it has to be a true tent not a tarp (ie mesh/bathtub floor) and I want it to hold up in severe thunderstorms (common in SE) I don't really care if uses hiking poles or has poles with it. I am not a fan of building my own, I don't sew and have no desire to learn.... I am not large in any direction and just want a comfortable dry home away from home. I truly have spent weeks reading through past posts and youtube videos and can say I am more knowledgable but no closer to knowing what to purchase. Have seen several Losi's on this site in the for sale forum so wondering what you prior Losi owners switched to.
b) Sleeping bags - I have a Kelty Down 20degree bag. Like it but again, heavy as I do more research. It suits me but looking for lighter. I don't want a quilt, read through all of that (again, not necessarily uber UL just want to significantly LIGHTEN my load - I don't care if I am carrying a few more ounces than someone else). Have seen some nice posts on 850 and 900 down filled bags that intrigue me but wanting to make sure I am not spending extra $$$ on marketing/names that I don't need to. I liked what I read about the zpacks bag but I prefer a mummy bag rated to 20 degrees, no current plans to hike in Antarctica or Alaska so I think 20 if fine, can sleep on top of it in summer, if bring it at all...
b) Finally,once have the above two nailed down can determine the pack, I have an Osprey 70L it is comfortable, big and heavy, but have read up on ultralight packs, bought and read Andrew's Ultimate hikers gear guide, I'm leaning towards a zpac depending on tent/sleeping system.
I have read numerous threads for background on these topics, but I hope you experienced backpackers can appreciate my questions above and point me in the right direction.
Kudos to forum staff, great site, I signed up tonight after a bit of time of free browsing time to research forums, am grateful that option was available as I'm sure many new to 'Light/UL' will affirm, we don't know what we don't know.