With middle age looming on the horizon like a spirit soaking summer thunderstorm, I've come to appreciate a lighter pack on my backcountry fishing adventures. With that in mind here are the top 3 pieces of gear on my list from this year's Backpacker magazine's Gear Guide:
1. Tent- Black Diamond Distance $250
I don't bunk with anyone when I go backpacking anymore. The days of needing a two person tent are over. Yep, that's the 5 pound beast in the picture above.
Weight = 1 lb. 9 oz.
Weight of my current tent= 5lb. 0oz.
Saved weight =3lb. 7 oz.
2. REI Co-op Magma 30 $319
I was due for a new sleeping bag about three years ago. This might by the year I pull the trigger and buy one that's lighter and warmer to boot!
Weight = 1lb. 4 oz.
Weight of my current sleeping bag=2 lb. 12 oz.
Saved weight = 1lb. 8 oz.
3. Shell- Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow $199
At this point in my life I'll take anything with breathability! I've noticed that as winter wanes I tend to huff and puff on the trail more than I remember... it must be middle age... I'm sure I'm not getting soft...
Weight= 12.7 oz.
Weight of my current shell= 1lb 3 oz.
Saved weight = ~12oz
Potential total weight saved ~5lb 11 oz
Not too bad in my estimation considering that I try to keep my pack weight, with fishing gear and food, under 30 pounds. Saving just under six pounds is pretty darn good in my book!
Thinking about your own summer backcountry adventures? Order a copy of Fly Fishing Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness (middle age aches and pains sold separately!)
Until next time,
Cheers & tight lines,