A long time ago (eg. 4 years ago), I cared about my pack weight. My pack was oh-so-tiny. I wore my UL Wanker Crown proudly.
Then Triple B (Bowling Ball Buns) came along. Then Lord Chubbington, The First, of Backbreakingshire arrived.
See that photo above from 2 weekends ago? LC weighs in at 29 lbs naked, at 17 months. Add in a 8 lbs of pack, plus water and gear for him and I? We are talking between 45 and 50 lbs. (He has to have that pack as well - the Deuters are the only ones tall enough for him - he is also nearly 3 feet high.....)
It's a good thing I took up weight training. Seriously.
Went backpacking 3 weekends ago and while I had a daypack on, I truly didn't care what went in. A solo overnight pack is a dream weight compared to hauling Lord Chubbington.
Anyhow...I have come to the realization that weight doesn't truly matter much anymore, for a few more years. Well it does, in a way...at the gym. Lol.....