Hey guys, first post here...been lurking around for a while and figured it was time to get involved!
I'm getting back into backpacking after several years off. I spent a bunch of summers 8-10 years ago backpacking in the northwest. Mostly trips 3-7 nights with heavy packs (steel pots, old eureka tents, lots of perishable food, etc).
Anyway, I hiked the teton crest trail in September with a couple friends last year and had a few realizations. First, I love backpacking and need to get back on the trail more often. Second, i carried way too much stuff and need to lighten up my pack. Third, sleeping in a tent with other guys snoring like lawnmowers wasn't for me.
So, here I am, looking to lighten up my gear. I'll likely be doing mostly 3-5 night trips out west in the rockies, sierras, tetons, cascades, etc. Probably May-Sept.
I currently have a gregory shasta that weights 6 lbs -- planning to get either a ULA conduit or catalyst. Would love to go with the conduit if I can get confident that I can get my base weight under 15 lbs. Seems like a good way to cut substantial weight.
I also have a 15 year old sierra design down bag that I weighed last night at 40 oz. It's 19 oz fill, so I think it's a 20 degree bag. I'm on the fence about upgrading to a WM bag. I could probably cut a pound or so if I went to a 30 degree bag. I also have an older ultralight thermarest that weighs 28 oz. Thinking that could be a cheaper spot to cut some weight if i went to prolite, neo air, or zlite.
The big choice right now is the tent since I don't have a solo option. I'm looking for something to use solo that I could also use with a girl occasionally or potentially my brother. I could be convinced to just get a solo for now and get a two-person when I need to, but would prefer to just buy one. I thought i had decided on the Copper Spur UL2 and ordered one last week. I'm now doubting it thinking that it might be too heavy as a solo tent. The tents I considered were Copper Spur UL2, Fly Creek UL 2, CS UL1, and Seedhouse UL1. I want something pretty comfortable that will provide good protection in the rain. I'm 5'10, 175.
I'd really appreciate any feedback on the tent, sleeping bag, pad, and pack. I'm not opposed to carrying a few extra oz's here and there, but when I started adding up my gear, I quickly realized that those oz's add up fast! I'd be stoked if I could ultimately get my pack down to 25-30 lbs for 3-5 night trips.