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Our first ultra light gear list

It has been apparent that for the last 4 months I have developed a serious gear-a-holic-problem. I think this might be a general flaw (or a blessing depending of the view point) in my nature that tends to show it’s eager head time to time. If there is a thing that I get excited about I leave no stone unturned when doing all the necessary research about it.

This particular fetish awoke when thinking about wether we should take some base-camp gear with us to our world-around-travels. We want to travel as light as possible and we want our gear to be so practical that we can use it in different environments and situations.

Ooooh...I wish this dream would come true.When you read through different travel forums there seems to be a general attitude towards discarding the tent, cooking systems and sleeping pads from your gear list. They are considered bulky and too heavy. If you don’t really make the effort to add tent sleeping to your travel program there is a good chance that you’re never going to be up for it and you’ll be hauling dead weight for nothing. Because we haven’t decided our complete route the question remains. Obviously there won’t be any point taking a tent for Asia, but in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Canada there could be much use for it!

Well the gear-a-holic monster in me decided that IF I’ll just find a small and light enough gear then I could have it all. And thus’ my 50+ hours research started.

Below I’ll give you my still-in-progress list of the dream gear that I very much dream about. I also give you the list of our CURRENT gear so you can see the weight saving differences with the two.

The Basecamp Gear of Complete Awesomeness

Big Agnes: Air Core Insulated, Rectangular Regular x 2 680 g x 2
Big Agnes: Mystic SL Sleeping Bags, Regular x 2 (One with left side zipper, one with right) 1 020 g x 2
Tarptent: Double Rainbow 1165 g
Evernew Titanium Ultra Light Pot .9L 119 g
Caldera Sidewinder System 71g + alcohol/gram crackers/wood

The Basecamp Gear of Complete Crappiness

Thermarest ProLite Plus 680 g
Thermarest Women’s ProLite 460 g
Marmot Never Winter x 2 1205 g x 2
Halti Vaelluskupoli 4 (old model) 4100 g
Primus Litech Super Set with a silicone cup 1068 g
Retki Gas Burner 319g + gas

So not only we will cut the weight almost in half we’ll also have gear that packs in a significantly smaller space, keeps us alot warmer AND comfortable at nights (old bags go to -1Cº and old pads have a R-Value of  3.8 with around 2.5cm thickness new bags go to -9Cº, have a R-Value of 4.1 and are 6cm thick!) is much more reliable and the upgrade will only cost us around 200 € plus the hazzle with selling some of the old gear.

Edit 18th of Aug 2012:
Well, we ended up with most of the stuff from the list above and have gone on with the testing. We re-selled the Big Agnes Mystic SL Sleeping bags as soon as they arrived tho’ and changed them to Jacks ’r’ Better Katahdin 900 Fill Quilt. We we are REALLY happy with the choice. The Mystics just didn’t fit the bill at all. They were bigger and heavier than expected and since we had a mishap with the zippers we couldn’t zip them together. We don’t like to sleep apart from each other. The Jacks’r’Better quilt has performed better than we ever expected and we have used it extensively every where on our RTW 2012. Still haven’t gotten around on writing a review on either the Double Rainbow tarptent, the Caldera Sidewinder Ti-Tri nor the sleeping pads but I can only say that they have all performed as expected and after 6 months of field testing we have been more than happy with the gear of our choice! Hopefully I’ll get around writing the reviews later:)