« on: March 21, 2008, 12:25:45 am »
If weight is a primary concern, invest a few hours hunting through
ultralight backpacking sites. There are only three places you can save
significant weight: tent, sleeping bag, pad. Everything else is either
necessary (but can possibly be reduced in mass) or simply cannot be
reduced any further. You can carry a 1 pound silnylon tarp and a 2
pound bug screen or a six pound tent. You can carry an eight pound
poly bag or a 2 pound down bag and some extra tights.
Here in dry ol' Idaho, down is queen but I try to take a poly bag on
Cycle Oregon tours cuz we know we'll see rain on at least two out of
seven days. If you know how to take care of your gear, down will serve
you well but, if you're a novice, take poly. I carry two down bags, a
one-pounder and a two pounder. If it gets really cold, they nest.
(You might want to take an interesting lightweight item called "vapor
barrier liner." Hard to find these days but it can add about ten degrees
to any bag or keep you dry in a wet bag.)
Sleeping pads are totally subjective. On a supported tour, I make them
haul my 6 pound, 2-1/2 inch thick Thermarest. If I'm carrying it
myself, I go for the Cascade Design egg-crate minimum pad.
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go, ristretto, FCP/AE
"Read the manual."