Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Since most people who hike tend towards the day hike, it seems sensible to start here. Since one of the most difficult things for people to handle is the addition of a pack to their own body weight, the reduction of the weight in that pack becomes very important. Unfortunately, with a daypack there are few weight-saving measures that can be taken while maintaining your safety. However, the backpack review team has put together a few ideas. Consider the following:
If you can implement all of these measures, you can save yourself anywhere from 1 oz. to 10 or more pounds. But remember, when trying to save weight, do not forego important pieces of equipment such as a good knife, waterproof matches, maps, water, food, and a compass (as long as you know how to use it!) Sacrificing your safety to save weight is not smart!
The overnight hike is where the most potential lies for saving weight. Typically, people pack way too much equipment for their planned hike, and aside from spending thousands of dollars on the latest high-tech gear, a little planning is the best way to save weight. Check out these ideas:
We've all been guilty of over-packing when traveling, but doing so when hiking can ruin a trip. Take the time to do a little planning ahead of time. Do you really need that little camp stool that you thought was so neat at EMS? Are you really going to use that fourth pair of socks? Do you really need that bar of gold bouillon?
Extended Overnight Hike
If you've gotten this far, we're assuming you have some hiking experience under your belt. Of course you can do silly things like leave the tent at home, or forego water, but you'll very likely die by doing things like this. Our recommendation for long hikes is to follow all of the suggestions we've outlined above, and then bite the bullet and spend some cash. The only real way we can see to save weight on a long trip that goes above and beyond what we've already listed is to start buying lightweight gear. Look for the $90 Titanium cook spoon, buy the $450 single wall Northface tent, and drop the $250 for magnesium hiking poles. Oh yeah, and don't forget to drill those holes in your toothbrush!
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