My February “Lighter” column was all about clothing, basically that I don’t really care how much the clothing that I’m wearing all day weighs. Wearing Paramo and Furtech hasn’t been a hardship at all. In the text, the sentiment that if your trousers are too heavy you have to get down the gym is one I stand by.
The lightweight feature that I got so many comms about isn’t aimed at experienced light packers, it’s aimed at your sceptical Trail reader, and although it doesn’t go too far down the road, if it gets folks interest up, gets them looking at their kit and wondering “Why?” then that’s what it’s all about.
The PTC v GT gear section is quite funny. It shows some different kit that’s possible, and some of GT’s selections are lighter than mine, but not necessarily so small packing.
A few extra grams here and there on small items might mean carring a smaller capacity rucksack and that could save you 600g in the end.
In the March issue my column is all about bits and pieces, lightweight accessories and the accidental assassination of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap.
Also my review of 16 one-person tents is in there. Some real winners, some slightly disapppointing and a couple of howlers.