The first step:
That is the brilliance of the hiking and adventure companies such as Fjällräven who makes great city wear – but fairly mediocre outdoor gear by todays standards. When Fjällräven released their g-1000 textiles on the world for the first time it was revolutionary – today it’s pretty – but functionally speaking – gear that keeps you wet and cold is probably best for the city streets than for the outdoors.
I won’t get to deep into my thoughts on fjällräven or other similar companies because everything has positives and negatives and this isn’t the right post for that kind of write up.
With that said the point of this post is to help people like Mikael who have no idea what lightweight or ultralight is all about or the faintest clue on how to start. So I thought at first the best thing to do would be to buy an ultralight backpack and start from there – why? because you can’t carry a 5 kilo tent in one – it would force you to rethink everything. But that of course is over ambitious – most people like Mike don’t even think about weight, or what it means on the body. So why buy the equipment if you don’t know about the weight?
So in my mind the most logical way to move forward is to know exactly what you have and how much it weighs. That means getting out the kitchen scale and start weighing everything. I found the easiest program to record and organise the weight of gear is an ios app called Gram weenie
Once I weigh all my gear I can them make a trip and a specific gear list for that trip – I can lie in bed weeks before my trip and just start making my gear list. I weigh everything right down to my tea bags, toilet paper and the exact amount of coffee that I bring. I suggest you do the same.
Once you know what everything weighs you start thinking about that equation in your purchase choices. Many of the better outdoor retailers and producers are starting to put the total weight of their products on the packaging – many online website do this as well – here in Sweden I find Addnature.com to be the most proficient at this.
Other than gram weenie you can of course put everything in excel and other such programs, but I prefer gram weenie because I am a simple person that has simple needs.