This is a very experienced group.
1)I want your opinion on a simple question - is the lightest camping gear "better" than slightly heavier gear that is more durable or functional?
2) Do you believe that lighter is always more functional?
3) Is a 14 ounce jacket made with 4 oz or 850 down better than a 15 oz jacket made exactly the same, only it has a wind flap over the zipper? I mean the 15 oz jacket IS heavier, but is it also btter?
4) Would you agree that extreme light weight requires tradeoffs and that it would be easier to build a great tent with 3.5 pounds of material than with 3 pounds of the same material, meaning that the extra .5 pounds could go to useful extras...
5)Do you think the trend toward "lightest at any cost of funtionality" is a good thing?
6)if you were going out and severe weather was forcast, what gear would you take? Why?
7) is there ever a case where you would pull out an "old" "heavy" piece of gear for a specific trip and shun the newer lighter model?
Jim S, thanks for your thoughts.