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Offline Elessar

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2011, 09:26:39 am »
This may be one of the most informative threads that I have read yet.  Excellent advice from the OP to the end.  Thanks to all who have contributed!
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Offline indyfabz

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2011, 12:32:50 pm »
The calculator really jumped out at me also, as did all the extra bags and the hair brush.  The hammer really stuck out, too.  As someone noted, that's what rocks are for.

Also, make sure you don't carry large sizes of things like deoderant, shampoo, toothpaste and shaving cream.  Take the little travel sizes of stuff like that.  And as noted, there are products (like CampSuds) that can serve as dish soap, body soap, shampoo and even toothpaste, although I think it tastes nasty,

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Re: Touring weight
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2011, 10:18:40 pm »
Got list down to 42 lbs.

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Re: Touring weight
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2011, 08:38:18 am »
Pete ... you have pm.
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Offline steelhead

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2011, 10:09:01 pm »
I don't worry too much about gear weight if my body weight is low. For example, if I lose 2 pounds I could pack a slightly larger tent or some other comfort item.
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Offline bikermike

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2011, 05:28:11 pm »
i'd get rid of exta biking clothes (shirt and shorts).
if they get funky, just wash them wherever you're camping, hang 'em out to dry, and you should be good to by morning.
if you lose enough bulk, you can probably lose a bag, which is a big weight penalty.

Offline rvklassen

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2011, 12:36:25 pm »

Online staehpj1

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2011, 01:18:36 pm »
I use some really lightweight and inexpensive nylon ones (http://www.basspro.com/World-Wide-Sportsman-Hybrid-Angler-Pants-for-Men/product/10210017/-1756810) that have a built in brief so no underwear is needed.
So what do they weigh?
I don't know.  I will try to remember to weigh them and report back.  They are pretty well worn by now and I don't know how much that will affect the weight.  Also size is a factor.

They were much lighter than whatever else I looked at from REI, but REI may stock other lighter pants that I didn't look at.  The material is kind of like some shirts are made of.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2011, 09:39:28 am by staehpj1 »

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Re: Touring weight
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2011, 09:37:33 am »
I don't know.  I will try to remember to weigh them and report back.  They are pretty well worn by now and I don't know how much that will affect the weight.  Also size is a factor.

They were much lighter than whatever else I looked at from REI, but REI may stock other lighter pants that I didn't look at.  The material is kind of like some shirts are made of.

I tried to check but could not find my good scale due to some home improvement stuff going on.  I did put them on a scale designed to weigh heavier stuff and it looked like maybe 8 ounces.  Hefting them in one hand and a one pound weight in the other verified that was in the ball park at least.  If I find the scale I'll post an actual weight.
Edit: It looks like I was wrong they were more like 15 ounces.  They do have a built in brief that probably weighs a few ounces.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2011, 07:11:06 pm by staehpj1 »

Offline tonymason

Re: Touring weight
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2011, 11:47:42 pm »
Go on an overnight trip with all your stuff.
When you get back if you did not use it leave it at home next time (1st aid items for self or bike excluded)
The lighter you go the more enjoyable your trip will be.
Less is more