Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A visual gearlist

This may be incredibly dull or you might be quite interested- I suspect it may be something to do with how much of a gear head you are. I am as guilty as the next man of sticking my gearlists up but whenever I look at other lists it all starts to fade into a list of products and numbers. When I saw this post on Backpacking light I thought it was a pretty good way of seeing exactly what people are packing which gave me the idea for this video. It could also function as a bit of a guide to packing a frameless pack I suppose. Have a look and see what you think! I missed out a bit of information- the windshirt folds into it's own pocket and the chaps fit into that too. The hat goes in the vest pocket and the camp shoes/plastic bags just get rolled with the sleeping bag. I also carry a tibetan long handled spoon which fits inside the cone.

video

17 comments:

ukmase said...

I never want to lose that much weight from my pack (l like my tent). However i enjoyed the video and found it useul, at the moment i am analysing a few bits of kit to get my kit weight down for the 2010 TGO challenge

minimalgear said...

While the best way to lose weight is off the 'big 4' items (tent/sleeping bag/mat/pack) I've lost huge amounts of weight just from analysing stuff. Putting my tent- laser comp- and a lightweight rain jacket such as the north face triumph and trousers-maybe golite reed-in would add about a kilogram to the weight which is still pretty reasonable

ukmase said...

I have been tempted by the Lase Comp, but it seems every man and his dog has one...maybe they should start selling them with number plates to distinguish yours.....
Seriously though - at the moment i am looking at my gloves system. Liners and shell mitts.

The Dude Abides said...

Its always nice to see other peoples gear, especially when its as faff free and simple as that!

Do you find the silnylon is totally waterproof? Its just I'd worry about my sbag getting damp in a downpour.

Podcast Bob said...

So no spare dry clothes, gloves, weather hat, camera, entertainment, book, poles and wicking insulation layer?

Fine for average summer conditions and I agree with the content, however I would be interested in your choice of additional items to cover the cooler and wetter months to stay safe if you had to bed down at any time?

Enjoyable viewing though. Keep it up!

minimalgear said...

The murmur pack is spinnaker which is pretty waterproof and the silnylon of the gatewood cape combined with that makes it extra safe. I wouldn't bet my house on it but I've had it out twice now in vile weather and it's stayed dry!

baz carter said...

Impressive; I guess the rucksack is incredibly light.

baz carter said...

Bob, He packed a fleece hat, and mentioned that this was the kit he'd take out on a summer trip. And with a pack load of 2kg would poles be really necessary? As for entertainment when I go out it's to enjoy the outdoors - nature's sound track is the only music I need. If I wanted to play Halo 3 I'd keep that for when I cant get out :)

minimalgear said...

I've put up a reply to Bob's comments in the main body of the blog. I have recently started using poles, as support the shelter as well as using them. I'm still not entirely sold, but I have seen some benefits. I always backpacked previously with much heavier loads without poles though.

minimalgear said...

I've put up a reply to Bob's comments in the main body of the blog. I have recently started using poles, as support the shelter as well as using them. I'm still not entirely sold, but I have seen some benefits. I always backpacked previously with much heavier loads without poles though.

minimalgear said...

I've put up a reply to Bob's comments in the main body of the blog. I have recently started using poles, as support the shelter as well as using them. I'm still not entirely sold, but I have seen some benefits. I always backpacked previously with much heavier loads without poles though.

Anonymous said...

how do you download the video to save it for later. some interesting points

minimalgear said...

no idea how to download from here but it is on youtube as well if that's any help

wold ranger said...

cheers minimal gear. now to start shaving a few grams off my pack weight. grand blog keep up the good work

RedYetiDave said...

What I'm puzzled about - is that you seem to trust the pack to be entirely waterproof. There's no waterproof inner bag for the down kit.

I always double bag down - water turns it to porridge. As I found out, just once, when testing a dry-bag. Perhaps needless to say, it failed the test.

A fantastic base-weight. Very impressive.

minimalgear said...

The theory is that with the spinnaker being mostly waterproof and the Gatewood cape entirely covering the pack with no gap down the back like a normal pack cover, the gear should stay dry. On two very rainy trips, the theory has stood up to the test, so I'm pretty happy.

RedYetiDave said...

Ah! A cape - duh - sorry, yes that makes much more sense now. Nice.