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losing weight

Postby The hermit » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:37 pm

I need help to shed some pounds from my pack. I dont have a whole lot of money. Thinking of replacing my pack, tent and stove. Leaning towards a ULA pack. An alcohol stove(brasslite). Open to suggestions for a shelter. Any feedback is much appreciated.
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Re: losing weight

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Re: losing weight

Postby Enginerd » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:34 pm

Packs are a very individual item but at 2.5 pounds, 60 liters, and rated for 50+ pounds I sure love my Exped Lightning 60.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKX3m8B ... ata_player

For shelters check out tarptent.com for starters, many other options and cottage manufacturers out there.
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Re: losing weight

Postby mediauras » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:45 pm

I love my ULA Circuit. Really love it. Super comfy and big enough to hold my BV 450 comfortably. GIve one a try, I think you'd be impressed.

Alcohol stoves are good, but when there's a fire ban they're also banned. So not always convenient. And the weight savings with alcohol stoves only come in short 2-4 day trips. After that the amount of fuel you carry outweighs a lighter canister stove (which would be not be banned in a bad fire season).

As for tents, if you use trekking poles lots of options. Check out tarptent.com, some great shelters there. Though with tarptent you have to seam seal it yourself. If you don't carry poles, I like Big Sky tents. Just bought myself a Mirage 1P this summer and couldn't be happier. A little over 2 lbs, loads of head room, easy set-up, and great craftmanship that gives me great confidence in it (and no seam sealing!). Well worth checking out IMHO.

Good luck. Its fun to lighten up, and yeah, check out backpackinglight.com, a great resource. Though be prepared to be overwhelmed with a bunch of info (and ideological arguments!).
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losing weight

Postby Bluewater » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:01 am

I made a list of lightweight backpacking essentials that might help provide some ideas on how to lighten your pack weight:

http://seatosummitultralight.blogspot.c ... tials.html

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Re: losing weight

Postby The hermit » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:20 am

Thanks for the responses so far! I've enjoyed each of your posts in the past. I have 8 gear makers bookmarked so far and sorting all the info is tough. I think I've seen your gear list before Bluewater and it seems to be updated so thanks for that! I'll keep an eye on your blog. I need to start sewing. If you want something done right do it yourself!
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Re: losing weight

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Re: losing weight

Postby dave54 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:17 pm

to paraphrase professional bicycle racer Eddie Merckx, "If you want to shed weight don't spend your money on the latest high tech upgrade. Just lay off the Krispy Kremes."

OK, he has an rude way of putting it, but several studies have suggested losing excess body weight has a greater effect on performance than reducing gear weight.

Easier said than done... :lol:
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Re: losing weight

Postby The hermit » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:18 pm

My pack is ridiculous i would guess 60 plus at all times. When my friends met me below bishop pass afterward a N S lake loop i still had the heaviest pack in the group. They packed in fresh food and booze.(I was about out of food). The title of the thread is appropriate. I could be in better shape it makes it so much easier.!
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Re: losing weight

Postby freestone » Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:51 pm

My pack has gotten lighter over the years, but I seem to have hit a plateau of sorts at 28 pounds for 6 days, my average trip. Gear combinations vary over the years. This year I had a lighter sleeping bag (Valandre) but a heavier tent (BA Fly Creek 2 Platinum) so the net was 0 weight savings. What always sinks my boat is the stuff I throw into the pack at the last minute. Last trip it was a 16oz jar of peanut butter that went uneaten, and a half dozen Snickers candy bars that melted to gob that looked like Owl hurl on the first day.
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Re: losing weight

Postby mschnaidt » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:46 am

This year I switched from a Gregory Baltoro (5lbs 14oz) to a Gossamer Gear Mariposa (27oz). Dropped my pack weight by over 4 lbs. The Mariposa has a little less volume than the Baltoro. The Mariposa is rugged and comfortable. I really like the flexibility of the external mesh pockets.

I did an 8 day trip with it and was able to get my starting pack weight to 35 lbs with water and luxuries. I could have easily been in the low 30 lb range if I had left a couple of things behind.

Highly recommended.

http://gossamergear.com/packs/backpacks ... k-all.html
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Re: losing weight

Postby The hermit » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:31 am

The mariposa seems popular, for good reason im sure.thanks for your response!
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