Hi everyone, I'm Anna. I'm new to the boards but not to BPL - I've been reading it for a good few years now (which puts me in the weird position of feeling like I know you guys but you don't know me)! I've finally signed up for a membership, and would love to take advantage of all the knowledge here to help turn my 2-3 season gear into 3-4 season gear.
For context: I have a pretty light pack by general standards (usually around an 8-10lb base weight, I think), but am not aiming to go much lighter because I'm a girly-girl who gets cold easily and who loves my camp treats a bit too much. I backpack (or, as we'd call it here, tramp and bushwalk) primarily in New Zealand and Australia, but would like to have the option to deal with other countries' conditions.
What I thought I'd do is list basically everything in my gear closet (so, not a gear list for a trip, but the whole lot from which I draw for any single trip), and see if anyone can suggest core areas of improvement to push my gear capability a bit further. I'm not listing weights because I haven't gotten around to weighing stuff, sorry.
Deuter Futura SL Pro (34 litre, heavy but I love it)
Currently a horrible Kathmandu one which is light but doesn't perform anywhere near its specified comfort rating (2*C). This is a key area to improve, and I'm currently looking at getting either a Feathered Friends Egret or a Western Mountaineering Alpinlite, and then considering adding in either a top quilt or some down pants.
Exped Synmat UL7 (Love, love, love this! Thinking of getting the Downmat UL7)
Exped UL pillow
Tarptent Moment (used for when I want free-standing capability using the crossing pole)
Fully cuben Lightheart Solo Awning (primary shelter)
Snow Peak Ti Solo set (700+cup+lid+mesh sack)
MSR Pocket Rocket (I take the mini canister(s) and am just careful where I place it)
Long-handled Ti spoon
Steripen (I forget which model - one of the lighter ones)
Random light plastic bottles
Various mini droppers with bits and pieces
TP & wet wipes
Very cut-down first air kit
Snow Peak Mini Hozuki lantern (good for reading when I take my Kindle, and I love leaving it on in my tent so I can find it in the dark!)
CLOTHING (partial list only)
Primarily Icebreaker (yes, weight penalty, but the performance is worth it)
Insulation options from down (e.g. my puffy) and synthetic (e.g. my Nanopuff)
FYI for the curious: I prefer hiking in a skirt!
About 1LB per day - primarily dehydrated meals, plus coconut oil, plus nuts, plus nutella, plus Starbucks Via. Also my Snow Peak curved Ti flask, which is a bit of luxury in the backcountry and is usually filled with a high calorie 'dessert' alcohol like Kahlua or Baileys that I can share with the group. :)
Trekking poles (still trying to choose - thinking of GG LT4s - does anyone know what works best with the Lightheart Solo)
New sleeping bag
Sea-to-Summit silnylon daypack (for when I do basecamps)
Possibly a new pack (need about a 50L one soon, as 34L is getting tight for anything more than a weekend)
Possibly a Downmat UL7
Possibly some down pants
Definitely some Feathered Friends down booties
Probably a new tent (nb: not interested in tarps, hammocks, or bivvies)
I don't tend to plan for redundancy in my actual gear lists because I'm always in a group and someone else can help me (e.g., lend me another lighter). I'm sure I've forgotten some gear, but this should be most of it.
So: does anyone have suggestions on how best to upgrade this existing list into pushing beyond late Spring/summer/early Autumn, please? I'd like to retire as little gear as possible due to environmental concerns.
Particuarly I'd love to hear from women (or guys with wives/girlfriends who know what their partner likes) on sleeping bag options. I'm a tossing/turning sidesleeper so am a bit dubious about using a quilt as my main sleeping option.