I was picking up some bits and pieces, and it’s always the shiny that catches my eye. I was fed up taking a slagging about how “heavy” my Optimus folding spork is, so I got a Light My Fire plasticky affair and a Vargo titanuim one. I’ll see if not being able to stow my utensil in my pot melts my heid or not, but these’ll be easier to keep clean if nothing else.
Also I couldn’t resist a Sigg oval bottle. In its wee neoprene pouch if fits snug into a regular rucksack bottle pocket, but isn’t so bulky. The capacity is good at 600ml, but using a screw top again is bit of a bugger, Camelbak and Raidlight straw bottles have been a constant for ages now.
For high camps I got a Source 2L collapsible bottle. That plus an external bottle gives great flexibility in carrying capacity and physical volume of water in my pack. I’ve been used to just carrying two 750ml bottles of late. That’s usually just enough to get beakfast made before descending to look for more water.
Nice to try something a bit different. It really is a constant process of evolution, daft little things like a spork and also the bigger changes. This winter I’ve been sleeping in baselayers at camp and I’ll find it difficult to go back to sleeping in a lot of clothing. I didn’t expect that, but it’s good.
Being “lightweight” can be such a millstone around your neck. I mean if it’s been designed to be as functional as possible, it has to be light? In principle anyway.
Hold in your hand, look at it, wear it, use it and you can easily tell if there’s a good balance between weight and function. And, sometimes going either side of the balance is worth it. That bottle below is heavy and I just don’t care because it makes me smile.