Over the years, I've tried everything I can think of to lower the packing weight of the stuff I carry. Right now, I'm down to 35-45lbs. Is there a way to get lighter? (short of not shaving or not packing any soap, I'm unsure of where to cut next.
Hard to say since you don't say what items you are carrying now. You also don't say what you include in you tally. I count all gear and panniers, but no food or water since I don't carry much food most of the time and food and water vary widely throughout the day and day to day. I find it fairly easy to get down to a bit over 30 pounds and could go lower if I really wanted to.
BTW: I don't count anything that is on the bike all the time, even when not on tour. That stuff I include in bike weight (bike weight in my case is a bit under 30 pounds).
I may not be the best example since I am not really going ultralight, but my packing list from my last trip is at:http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=ax9Un&page_id=136456&v=Fi
I find the two biggest things are to:
1. Watch the weight of the larger items picking ones that are the lightest.
2. Watching what smaller items you choose to take.
Item 1 for me means that:
a. I take my cheap Nashbar waterproof pannier rather than something heavy like Arkel panniers.
b. I take a lighter tent.
c. I take a lighter sleeping bag.
d. I use my light weight NeoAir sleeping pad (12 ounces)
Item 2 means that I look hard at each item and leave anything iffy home. Additionally I mail stuff home if I find I am not using it.