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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby bobby49 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:50 pm

Each year I get one year older, so I attempt to lighten my load by one pound. Obviously this can't keep up forever. I just like to keep my shelter weight down to 12 ounces plus my trekking pole.



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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby Lumbergh21 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:04 pm

bobby49 wrote:Each year I get one year older, so I attempt to lighten my load by one pound. Obviously this can't keep up forever. I just like to keep my shelter weight down to 12 ounces plus my trekking pole.


I would like to do this, but I really can't imagine giving up the bug netting and a bivy wouldn't work for me (I went from a sleeping bag to a quilt for the freedom of movement the quilt gives). I'm satisfied with my 27 oz. shelter. It's comfortable. I'll just start reducing mileage estimates when planning trips as I get older.
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby tomba » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:58 pm

I have switched to a heaver camera and may go even heavier in future. Several years ago I added SPOT and then I switched to even heavier DeLorme. Smartphones are getting heavier. I may take a higher R value sleeping pad in future.

Weight of some items decreased. Tarptent, bear can, switch to minimalist shoes.
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby bobby49 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:16 pm

Lumbergh21 wrote:
I'm satisfied with my 27 oz. shelter. It's comfortable.


I just completed my shelter for 2018. I started by purchasing a "cottage industry" cuben fiber shelter, and then I added mosquito netting in the door with Velcro closure, more around the perimeter, and seam-sealed it. There are four pull-out cords, and I used luminous cord for that. That much added up to 8.1 ounces.

Additionally, there are ten titanium stakes and a small cuben fiber ground sheet for inside. Those pieces bring the total up to a hair over 13 ounces. I am not counting one trekking pole to erect it with since that is used for walking.

All together, it saves me about 4 ounces from what I used in 2017.

Now I have to drill more holes in my toothbrush handle.
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby oldhikerQ » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:55 am

I'm waiting to see who is the first to market with a titanium toothbrush (with replaceable head, of course).
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby Lumbergh21 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:12 pm

bobby49 wrote:
Lumbergh21 wrote:
I'm satisfied with my 27 oz. shelter. It's comfortable.


I just completed my shelter for 2018. I started by purchasing a "cottage industry" cuben fiber shelter, and then I added mosquito netting in the door with Velcro closure, more around the perimeter, and seam-sealed it. There are four pull-out cords, and I used luminous cord for that. That much added up to 8.1 ounces.

Additionally, there are ten titanium stakes and a small cuben fiber ground sheet for inside. Those pieces bring the total up to a hair over 13 ounces. I am not counting one trekking pole to erect it with since that is used for walking.

All together, it saves me about 4 ounces from what I used in 2017.

Now I have to drill more holes in my toothbrush handle.


So, did you add the insect netting yourself? Could you let me know which tarp you used? I'm interested since my tarp style tent is getting to the end of its life, and I'll be looking to buy something new soon.
I hadn't thought of drilling holes in my toothbrush. What size and spacing do you use to maintain adequate integrity to continue brushing your teeth? I actually cut down my handle but more so to make it fit in the ziplock sandwich bag that I use to hold my first aid supplies, toothbrush, and floss. :D
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby bobby49 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:01 pm

Previously I used the Lair by Bearpaw Wilderness Designs, and it was made from 0.74-ounce cuben fiber. I've used that very successfully for a few years, so just now I got the same thing in 0.51-ounce cuben fiber. Sewing in mosquito netting is pretty easy. You just have to decide how wide of a piece you need, like 4".
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby Dave_Ayers » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:03 pm

oldhikerQ wrote:I'm waiting to see who is the first to market with a titanium toothbrush ...
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Only $4200 for this one, but the head isn't even replaceable: https://www.forbes.com/sites/hunteratki ... 5fc8374af5
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby maverick » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:44 pm

Only $4200 for this one, but the head isn't even replaceable: https://www.forbes.com/sites/hunteratki ... 5fc8374af5


That is why mine is made of platinum. :lol:
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Re: Pack Weight Creep

Postby oldhikerQ » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:11 am

I had no idea that such a thing existed. I was thinking that one of the small gear companies would get around to it, in the next millennium or so. Reading the article, I saw that Reinast offers three different bristle replacement plans: five years for $400, seven years for $800, or 11 years for $1,600. Bristle replacements could ultimately cost double the cost of the toothbrush over a lifetime.
I wonder, given the photos, if it is any lighter than a standard $2 toothbrush.
What to get for the backpacker that has everything, I guess.
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