Gear is always a point of interest, but today I was chatting with a mate about gear we usually carry to the woods and comparing it to lightweight hiking gear we will potentially carry for long distance hikes.
The general gist of the chat went like this, "well I need to buy a new lightweight rucksack," "Why? What is wrong with your normal one?" "Nothing but its not a lightweight one" "But you've carried that for years, what does it weight?" "About 1.5 Kilo's" "And what would a lightweight one weigh?" "Similar weight" ...................... and so it went on until in the end we worked out that by carrying a "select" amount of our standard outdoor gear, gear used for bushcraft, we could actually hike with a kit weighing around 7kgs minus food and water.
Why am I pointing this out no real reason other than to point out the follies of gear for gears sake and the pit falls awaiting the buy who confuses wants and needs with regards to outdoor gear!