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Im looking for some lightweight gear to replace some of my older much to heavy gear. Mainly Im looking for a tarp/shelter to replace my mere 5lbs Kelty tent. I was thinking about the Integral Designs Siltarp 1 or MSR E-Wing. I cant seem to find too many pics or reviews about these products on the web. Both are about 7oz, HUGE improvement from my tent. Another problem is finding one that doesn't make me go broke! Those are the only ones that have trusted brands and reasonable prices. (Integral Designs Siltarp 1 = $75 approx) (MSR E-Wing = $80 approx) Keeping in mind that I need room for me (5' 7" 115lbs) gear, and my dog (full grown Golden Retriever). Any recommendations out there? Lightweight and affordable!?
Im also looking to replace my 5lbs backpack. Understandably packs are more expensive, but Im not spending more than $200! I dont even want to spend more than $150! The big question for me is exactly how much space I need though. My old Jansport Klamath has 5200 cu in of space. My Kelty tent took up alot of that space and among other things that I have now downsized, like my stove (now a .3 oz cat-food can with holes). GoLite seems to have some nice packs, and of course they are wicked expensive! I have been eyeballin the Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 and REI Flash 65. I think a pretty average size would be around 3800 - 4100 cu in. I want something that could be used for multiday hikes and day hikes, something that is VERY versatile. Once again, I need something lightweight and affordable! Recommendations?
So I guess I should explain why Im making the push for lightweight. Next summer Im planning a 450 ish mile hike from Seiad Valley to the Oregon-Washington border, the Oregon PCT. I figured I should get part of my dream out of the way before my Paramedic-Firefighter career absorbs my life. This way I can get a taste for what its like before embarking on the other 2000 miles. I guess a more simple way of backpacking is a little more intriguing to me...