David - Thanks man! :)
Michael - "Nice list, but I liked it more when you posted in the SUL forum ;)"
Haha, yeah for section hikes I like to have a few luxuries, like a beefier knife, mug and pot both, more clothing options (especially for sleeping), etc. But this system can also easily go SUL with a few adjustments depending on the conditions--this is mostly for overnight/weekend trips with warm/dry weather. For example, if I switch out my Neoair pad for my thin foam pad, I drop 260g. Use my campfire cook kit, drop 101g. Ditch rain jacket and sleeping clothing, drop 590g (!). I also have more basic FAK and survival kits for shorter trips, but not sure exact weight savings at the moment.
But with those cuts, that's 2438g/5.4lbs, and I know with some other smaller cuts (FAK, survival kit, smaller knife, no cook kit, etc.) I could easily get under the 5lb mark with this core set of gear.
I have found that on section hikes and/or longer trips that with a good night's sleep it is hard to overstate the overall positive impact on my body, mind, and mood. A big part of this for me has been tweaking warmth rather than "comfort." A cold chill can wake me up, although I am a somewhat warm sleeper, rather than how hard the surface I am sleeping on is. I can easily sleep sitting down on bus and tram rides, wooden park benches, and out in the woods on just a bed of moss, and have always been able to do this as far as I can remember, and consider myself lucky. Which is why such a big hit to my weight with clothing--not to mention, I live in Sweden, and have had cold saps in July down to 8C at times. May and September can go under freezing temps, but I am pretty sure that my full system of clothing and sleeping bag could handle temps as low as around -3C, though I do need to test out my bag to confirm this. Also keep in mind that I am not "cheating" and not including my rain shell, windbreaker, and or other clothing in my base weight.
But since we are on the subject of clothing worn, it looks something like this most of the time:
Generic, light weight nylon hiking pants (1=May, June, September) or thin running pants (2=July, August)
Synth t-shirt (1) or cotton t-shirt (2)
Generic, light weight fleece pull-over (1) or generic, lightweight synth vest (2--though sometimes nixed when very warm)
Wool buff (1) or cotton bandana that also doubles as towel (2)
Thin wool socks (1) or cotton socks (2)
Cotton boxer briefs that double as swimwear (1,2)
Merrel trail gloves (1,2--might be my favorite pair of shoes)
Baseball cap (1,2)
I think this addresses you point about clothing and to a lesser extent cooking and my health/safety stuff. Point is, it can and does change, and perhaps I should have noted that in the OP--but the OP is pretty long as is. Indeed, I am a bit long winded :)
Anyhow, thanks for your feedback. Looking forward to seeing your new pack btw.