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"what's in your ..." backpack?

I'm going lighter and lighter... not by spending gobs of money just making different choices; partly based on the notion that I've already decided to be somewhat uncomfortable. That said this kit has enough to give me some options.


These packs are both made from Cordura and about 24L. On the left is a Sea To Summit with just the main compartment with rolltop and compression loops and string on the back. On the right is a Matador with a rolltop main compartment, sternum strap, 2 stretch side pockets, and a back zippered pocket.

Ideally these are reasonable as a day pack or even a commuter although I'm not sure how well the Cordura will stand up. Given how small they pack down to I could carry the other as a backup. Matador appears to be a US company and their pack is actually lighter and less expensive than the STS.

Overnight kit

I can make this kit smaller and lighter depending on how much I'm willing to suffer but this is the starting point (from left to right):
  • klymit static V junior wrapped around a thermarest sit pad
  • Borah Bivy
  • STS hammock tarp
  • STS mesh hammock XL
  • STS CoolMax Bag liner for those warmer nights and can be replaced with a Reactor Extreme (same size but 25F warmer)
  • mini umbrella
  • STS Silnylon Poncho Tarp
  • med kit
  • STS water bucket, digital thermometer, emergency whistle
  • MSR water filter with prefilter
  • ZPacks carbon fiber stakes
Not pictured: spool of 2mm cordage, water bottle, mini caribiners, lighter, food.

The basic kit comes down to 5-7 pounds. With food and water closer to 10 pounds. I could go with less water but it means doing things differently... camelup as often as possible. I could also go without the hammock or exchange the tarp for a lighter/smaller one or just use the poncho. I could also choose a smaller pad.

Also, it's a good idea to use a ditty bag to hold your bits and bobs. I also purchased a hip belt for those things and it worked great and kept the weight off my pack.

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