My EXO K2 3500 is way more comfortable than any of the gazillion day packs I have or have owned. And backpacked with. I have backpacked quite a bit over the years. Find one used on the classifieds even if you have to get a part time job.
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter 2lbs $129. https://www.backcountry.com/mountai...gifpHGHLU9nP5hhJpR8Uw5f9Jx9-dpbAaAsTAEALw_wcBI’m looking to get a new pack. Current one won’t work.
I’ll be archery hunting in early to mid September.
I can get an older backpacking tent (a little heavier like 7 pounds), have a 20 degree bag, thermorest mattress pad, multiple backpacking stoves, cooking gear, paracord, gutting/boning knife set, and good base layers.
I appreciate the help @fatlander and will add your items to the list.
I was definitely contemplating a bivy. I’m torn now between a base camp of sorts and the bivy option. The base camp at least allows me to keep my gear somewhere dry at all times.No one has mentioned a bivy setup...? I know it's not the most comfortable way to sleep but certainly a cheaper option and much much lighter than any tent you could dream of. Pair it with a cord and tarp and you are almost guaranteed a weatherproof shelter. Plus it adds warmth to your sleep system. Condensation is really the only downfall in my opinion. But, with a non-high end bivy, you can get crafty with gear mods and add more ventilation if you have a down bag and are concerned with wetting out. My 2 cents but such an easy way to drop weight and save money. Your budget extends to the pack and boots!
Also, you are looking at some steep country and a bivy can get you more mobile and into camp spots more easily if you are into that kind of thing.
Plan on saving at least a pound with a bivy. Often more than that. My bivy setup weighs just over 1lb with a tarp and cord if weatherproofing is needed more than what is offered with the bivy alone. As Sneaky stated though, the spare wiggle room in a bivy does not exist. If you feel confined with a mummy bag, then compound that with a bivy. Comfort loss over weight savings for some. Probably why you don't see many bivy users roaming around. I honestly don't use one all the time unless is going to be a long trek and I want to haul in extra snacks.What's the weight savings difference for using a bivy? I've never even hunted with someone that uses them. I've always used a small tent of some kind.
The tent I use is a 3 man and it weighs 2.5 pounds.
Probably some space savings as well.
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