"Well, I had the privilege of seeing Markskor's pack last summer and yes, it weighs what it weighs."
... (Lol), and it still does too.
Been reading this thread for a while now - very interesting and enjoyable reading...humorous too.
Have to admit though; it is somewhat like listening to the playground kids at school: "Mine is bigger/smaller than yours." - Makes me laugh.
I too started do some weighing of my gear today, just to see what the base weight was, sans food and water, then I gave up…Just too many variables depending on when I am going, where I am going, and for how long I am intending to be out.
If you like and can get by with a scant 9 pounds...more power to you.
If you haul the kitchen sink along, and are happy with weight of 60+ pounds - I am OK with that too. Some here are smaller in stature - maybe weigh 120 pounds, others like me are well over 200...both needing different sized packs. Some like to fish, others practice great photography, some go off trail and high, and still others prefer to do the long trail mile days...all good strategies...all different . Some rely on freeze dried food (Ugh!), just adding water to pre-packaged pouches; others like to eat well and cook real food including fish...thus different stoves/pots required. Some go solo...self-contained, while others share gear weight among a group.
Some stay low; never get above 8,000 feet, while others prefer bagging peaks up to 15,000.
Some hike in June where the mosquitoes are deadly - tent/mesh necessary, while others enjoy the bug-less August nights and can get by safely with just a tarp…or nothing at all except a ground cloth.
Some go out needing a mandated bear can...others stick to places where established bear boxes and hanging obviously means hauling less weight. Some go out when conditions at night may hit 0°, others only backpack when conditions are late-summer balmy...different bags needed here. Some treat their water in varieties of different ways, others don’t.
I could go on, but why bother. As a great women said just above, “We all have our own priorities.”…says it all nicely.
I repeat again my simple credo:
Always buy the best gear… (You will inevitably regret it later if you compromise).
Take what pleases you;
It weighs what it weighs -
Nobody is asking you to carry anything.
Mountainman who swims with trout