1. The caloric density is pretty mediocre. From the labels that I’m looking at, I’m seeing only about 110-120 cal/oz, which is fairly heavy. There are better options available that have a better carb/fat/protein ratio for the calories and weight of what you’re packing. It shouldn’t be about maximizing every ounce of food you pack, but maybe there are some other options that you’d be ok with which also provide more fuel for their weight.

  2. Try stroopwafel, the snack of long distance cyclists all over the world. About the same nutritional value and each packet comes with free diabetes.

  3. They taste great and have a much denser cal per oz as well.

  4. I don’t see a major issue here either. Regular detergents will leave behind residue that will degrade the performance of DWR treatments on the outer face of your Gortex over time, but one wash won’t damage it irreparably. I think just rinsing it and waving it with a tech wash should be fine to remove the detergent residue.

  5. Most packing guides will show the sleeping bag going in the bottom of the pack as you, ideally, want your heaviest gear towards the center of your back. And you will want to compress it in some way - but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a compression sack.

  6. You really need to try to measure the volume of your gear and the weight of your gear before picking a pack. You haven’t provided a breakdown of what your packing. People can guess, but without proving any more detail, that’s all your getting is a guess.

  7. You could add down to a bag, and it’s possible the bag could support a little extra overfill. But just stuffing more down into a bag may not get you the results that you’re looking for. The baffles have to be large enough to support the extra down and still allow all of the down to fully loft, as it’s the loft that gives it its warmth. If, by adding more down, you end up making the down more compact and less able to loft fully, you’ve wasted your effort and money.

  8. Weather Underground and are both good options for viewing historical weather data.

  9. Is there a reason you are leaning more toward bivy (or realistically bivy + tarp, as others have said) vs a pyramid style tent? I think you could do either, realistically, but a quality pyramid style tent should be simpler and hold up well in heavier wind and rain. Maybe something like a Mountain Laurel Designs Solomid XL? Or if you’re in the EU a Bonfus tent? There are more budget friendly options like an XMid as well.

  10. How cold do your hands get generally and at what temperature do they start to get cold and cause discomfort? That’s also a reasonable question to ask of anyone else before you take their advise. People can be very different in how much heat they generate and how warm/cold they tend to be while active. Also, how experienced are you hiking in colder weather?

  11. I don't want to carry them around. I'm not going to be hiking all the time. Also don't think I'll need them.

  12. Ah ok I think I get it. You aren’t going on a dedicated wilderness packing trip but a trip where backpacking will be a part of it?

  13. Ideally line your food bag with something like an oder resistant nylofume liner anyway.

  14. Are you layering the bag and quilt? That’s may be a little much, but conversely, I never quite understand all the 20 degree quilts/bags with xlites for a not really outside of winter start date, so better safe than sorry.

  15. I used mine only a few days ago at -8C using just a 1/8th evazote underpad. I find it hard to believe you were cold at 0C

  16. You can always take your measurements and do a fitting at home if you don’t have an outdoor store in your area that offers this. Plenty of videos from manufacturers that show how to do it. It’s more ideal to confirm it in store If possible, but that’s not an option for everyone.

  17. Aside from the time commitment it would take to forage even a minimal amount of calories from wild edibles, I would take a moment a look into the amount of calories the body burns hiking for an hour, the general caloric needs of a long distance hiker, and the amount of calories you could probably get from a small amount of foraged vegetation. The numbers in no way work out.

  18. As some other commenters have said, they are quite different packs, and would fit very different needs. I think the 3F UL Yue would be a slight better comparison to the flex capacitor, if smaller in volume.

  19. It would be great if it did perform up to the R value advertised without any greater than average durability issues. In other subs, you come across regular posts of people looking t to put together a backpacking kit on a tight budget. It would be helpful to have another budget friendly high R value inflatable.

  20. I agree. It’s a lot to attempt to take in. I went down the fleece rabbit hole at the end of last year as I wanted to upgrade my outdoor wear.

  21. A 20 degree quilt is a little iffy in the 20s I feel even with a winter sleeping pad for me personally. With a sub R4 pad, I couldn’t sleep. I’d be freezing.

  22. I bought the thinlight pad from gg, so that should put me right at 3.9. I just found a silk liner on rei that's 4.7oz. Its suppose to add 10 degrees of warmth and can be used instead of a quilt in warmer months. That looks like a pretty solid option at the moment.

  23. Your milage may vary, but I don’t feel a silk liner is going to add anywhere near 10 degrees. I generally don’t even feel a thicker fleece liner would add 10 degrees.

  24. What’s your budget? I can’t recommend anything in the sub $100 range personally, but I picked up an REI Flash 55 on sale for around $135. Granite Gear is a decent pack that is often on sale for sub $150. Shopping sales isn’t a bad way to go to find a good pack on a tighter budget.

  25. How do your hands feel when they are cold? Do they feel tingly? Do they start to feel numb after a bit? Do they become painful after being outside for a while? Do you notice a change of color - do they tend to become paler?

  26. I had an issue finding gloves, because I do need to have the ability to deal with the dog, and pick things up - that's why I went with the hybrid gloves, where the mitt pulls over them.

  27. No he wasn’t taking rubbish, but it is complicated. If your core isn’t warm, then you are likely to have cold extremities, because, yes, the body will focus on heating its core as that houses a lot of its critical systems. But just because your core is warm doesn’t necessarily mean your extremities will be.

  28. I would also suggest a backpacking quilt. You’ll be able customize the size more, and for lows in the 40s or above, it should be much more versatile and allow for better ventilation as the overnight lows get warmer. Plus it will also save you a decent amount of weight, which is good as by default a larger bag or quilt will weigh more regardless.

  29. Well if you’re looking for something that you can attach molle to but is also a hiking pack, the Helikon Tex Summit Pack could work. It’s 40 liters total but around a 36 liter pack bag.

  30. You may want options for different temperature ranges and weather conditions. I have basically two sets of layers for that range: one for above freezing and one for below. I have found that no one setup would work for that temperature range, but I’m also more sensitive to cold and I need to hone in my clothing a little more carefully as I’m not going to generate enough warmth to stay comfortable with minimal layers.

  31. If you’re shopping at REI anyway, their Flash 55 pack is a nice option that can be often found discounted. It fits in your capacity weight and price range. I like it’s modularity and the rolltop design. Water bottle pockets are great.

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