warlan wrote:Change your gear from heavy to light items. I am Known in the past as a gear whore . Cut the gear weight . Stoves: ditch the stove that need fuel use canteen cup stove,canteen cup also saves space,sleeping Bags get rid of what you got and by the SOL bags and a Woobie(GI blanket) ,ditch the water bladders and buy a MSR filter,Buy platypuses bladders, set up a water still along with the filter,ditch the tent by a SAS British Lean to ,GI hammock,bug netting, ditch the GI shovel buy a gear filed spade, ..
See how how easy this was to save weight i just saved you guys a tone. To bad all these company's sold us on these ridiculous items . To cut more weight ( MRES) buy just the entree,peanut butter and meal heaters. Not only are they awesome to heat meals with
the pack is part of your gear, and one of the heaviest of the "big three" (pack, shelter, sleep system) thus one of the easiest places to shed weight. In the case of the ILBE most of that weight is wrapped up in features that detract more then they add, I would cut most of that stuff off even if it didn't save a single ounce.
while I respect anyone who can sleep in a gi woobie, I can't. I do however have a sub 2lb sleeping bag good down to freezing. I consider canteen cups heavy, I use a titanium mug though, same idea. only cook pot you need.
as for what you said about cutting YOUR weight before your gear, that is sound advice for most, unfortunately for me I'm 6'2" and under 160#, if anything I need to gain some weight.
but lets break it down: what can you add to your pack for 2.2lbs? I have all the gadgets I feel I need already so I would add food. the freeze-dried meals I use weigh in at 5 oz, 2.2#=35.2 oz. that means by shedding a bunch of webbing and nylon I didn't use I can add 7 REAL meals to my pack, for you calorie counters 14 "clif builder" bars is about the same weight and twice the calories.
3780 calories covers a lot of ground, and keeps you alive longer then any amount of molly webbing could.
The easiest way to cut weight in a pack with the capabilities of an ILBE is to drop $800. on a Kifaru.
I don't think I'd ever use any of the MOLLE on the exterior of my ILBE unless we were in an EOTWAWKI situation
at which point it wouldn't matter to me and I'd do whatever I'd have to do. For me (and I can't speak for Ronny
here or anyone else), the ILBE is a BOB/INCH pack. If I wanted a pack for recreational camping, I wouldn't make
it my 1-do-it-all pack if I could afford to go on Craigslist and pick up a $200. recreational hiker's backpack for a
fraction of what the original owner paid for it (usually $50.-$75. or so). Again, I can't speak for what Ronny's
intentions were for this pack, but for me, it's a GOOD pack.
My Big 3 consists of a USGI MSS w/Thermarest Z Lite SOL & camp pillow (8.75#), an ICS 2000 (6.5#) and my ILBE
(8.75#). That's for a bulletproof sub-zero kit that can withstand substantial storms without any additional shelter
requirements. In it's 3-Season iteration, it's down to 19#. For comparison, it's 10# more than an ultralight kit
(e.g. Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 pack, USGI Patrol Sleeping Bag, Thermarest, Big Agnes Ultralight Tent).
Which would I rather have for a shtf scenario? Give me the USGI gear any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
While someone's on the side of the trail Duct Taping their Gucci-gear for the umpteenth time, I'll be happily cruising
by them with the full knowledge that my kit is Rapture-Ready.