Having packed a bit early, it’s given me an opportunity to reassess some of my choices. Phil in his comments, made me re-think my gilet strategy. I was going to swap my Marmot Driclime for a warmer gilet from Gap (of all places!). However, my Haglofs LIM Barrier Primaloft smock weighs the same, but is warmer. It also gives me another layering option. So that’s coming instead of the gilet.
The Barrier smock means I can leave out one long sleeved top, so the Berghaus Xstatic long sleeve gets the chop, leaving me with a Rohan shirt (Pacific) which I will sleep in. It also gives me an option in the unlikely event we get blazing hot sunshine. Weight saving 162g. Next I’ve swapped my Lowe Alpine Mountian cap for a wind resistant Mountain Hardwear beanie, saving 50g. I’ve downsized my battery extender, saving 50g. I’ve also changed my leggings to a lighter pair saving 77g (I had experimented with a heavier pair than on the list). I’m only taking the 2L Source water bladder, leaving the 1L one behind, saving 31g.
That little lot saves me 370g. If I were to leave the umbrella behind, it would push the weight saving to a more useful 580g. I have to say, having banged on about umbrellas, I’m reluctant to leave it behind! The other interesting experiment, prompted by a comment from Charles was to repack the gear into my Ultrahike rucksack. I was surprised to find that it seemed more of a squeeze than the Mariposa. Perhaps I didn’t take as much care packing. Anyhow, I’m comfortable with the Mariposa. Total weight carried is the same as I’ve carried before and the pack itself is about 400g lighter.
Even before the umbrella, my base weight should be back down to around 10kg. Leaving the brolly behind, would get me under the magic 10kg. Can I bear the sacrifice?