Awesome news! Very excited for you!
how ultralight are you going? I have a golite pack that doesn't even weigh 2#, but if you aren't carrying much over 15# would probably be fine.
I found Big Agnes to be an interesting brand with some alternate designs. My normal sleeping pad slips into the base of my sleeping bag, so there is less warmth underneath where you compress it anyway and more warmth on top where it matters most. They have some very light tents too.
I've also looked at some of the tents where you can use your hiking poles as the tent poles, but haven't spring for it yet.
MB - planning to go pretty ultralight. I'm scoping out 7 oz stove systems (or maybe even go stoveless!). Do you happen know your pack's approx. volume and if its a small-ish torso size?
S - I was looking at a Big Agnes bags! Or I might try a quilt - same basic premise (no insulation on the bottom). I am definitely planning a hiking pole-type tent - prob either Tarptent or Trekkertent (or ZPacks but I don't really want to spend that much). But it must have full bug protection - I will NOT skimp on that.
ZPack is supposed to be good stuff! I was looking at their rain jacket. Went with a Salomon instead because of the cost differential.
it was a Pinnacle, but long time ago, don't know what they are making today- had a long torso - dont know if they make different versions. Plenty of volume for ultralight.
For added padding, I put in a 3/4 thermarest sleep pad in between the back of the pack and the other gear.
I have used 2 kinds of stoves - fuel listed is prob 1 meal and 1 hot drink per day for 5 days, likely more for msr fuel canister but i think its the smallest they make
a snow peak 3.8 oz w msr 7.5 oz.canister and auto ignition, very easy to use and reliable
then also much more low tech, an esbit stove 3.2 oz w 12 fuel tabs 6.6 oz,
this is basically nothing but an aluminum frame that unfolds and you put a fuel cube in the frame. considerably slower to heat things than the snow peak, you need to use matches to light and you only save a couple of ounces
yep, pretty sure I read about that 3/4 pad in the pack on AS
I have an Esbit stove w/ a sub-par windscreen and have struggled w/ it (lighting, efficiency, pot stability, etc.). But I love the ease of solid fuel and no cannister, so may go w/ Trail Designs Caldera cone or Sidewinder - which I see is recommended by AS! :) Fortunately, Esbit/alcohol stoves are still allowed on the Wonderland. They're not allowed at Rocky Mtn. NP and some other NPs (cannister/fuel bottle only). I also have a MSR Whisperlite and it is a workhorse - but way too heavy IMO. Lots to consider!