I was in the kitchen and decided to weigh with my nice new scales what was to hand and what ever was hanging on the pulley round the corner.
The scales are Ultraship 35’s from MyWeigh in a cheap looking silver finish and with Dalek’s-eye blue LCD display. It’s the same set I’ve borrowed on numerous accasions and as they always read exactly the same as the Post Office’s they’ll do for me.
First off, I weighed the Montane Sabretooth, which came up as 680g for a size large. The medium is advertised as 615g. Does that sound right? I dunno, but it does cement my opinion that it’s a jacket to be worn and not carried.
The Haglöfs Oz was next, and for my size large it was 170g. It’s listed as 175g for a large, but bear in mind that mines heavier as I’ve got a wire in my hood visor. Were they being oddly conservative? Has it lost mass through wear and tear? Interesting.
I weighed a bunch of bottles that I use regularly.
- Sigg 600ml Oval 138g
Sigg 1L Traveller 146g
Sigg 750ml Sports 144g
Camelbak 750ml Better Bottle 184g
Oggi 750ml Aluminium Sports 106g
Interesting stuff that, the 1 litre Sigg and Oggi bottle come out best for volume and weight, but the heavier Oval and Camlebak are easiest to use and get packed the most, although the Oggi’s ribbed exterior is currently finding favour also.
The Snow Peak purple titanium mugs come out at 62g for the 450ml single wall and 106g for the 450ml double wall. Neither are offensive at those weights, and the double wall is worth the extra grams for cold weather hot cuppa joy.
Cutlery-wise, the Light My Fire spork was 9g, the Vargo purple titanium one was 14g and the Optimus folding version was 20g. Again, to reason to complain.
There was other stuff, like the Haglöfs LIM Down Hood weighing a superb 678g, a Buff being 40g and Grivel Air Tech Lite crampons coming in at 596g.
Has this changed my opinipon about any of the kit? No, because how it feels in the hand, packs away and does it’s job is what makes it a hit or a miss. It’s really good to know the facts of course, it’s important to know who’s lying and who’s not.
“It’s the marketing department who weigh the gear” Indeed.