View Poll Results: What is your Priority?

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  • Weight of the Object.

    49 32.67%
  • Bulk or Packed Size of the Object.

    33 22.00%
  • Neither, I just Pack What I need.

    26 17.33%
  • Not Worried about Luxury Items.

    1 0.67%
  • It Depends ... No Concise Answer.

    41 27.33%
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  1. #1
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    Question Priority?? Weight or Bulk?

    There is a large subset of our forum that is fascinated
    on the weight of their pack. These people want to lighten
    their load, while attempting to attain Ultra-Light status.

    Every single piece of gear is weighed and evaluated. Can I
    lighten this piece? Should I cut holes out of the handle of my spoon?
    Do I even need to take this along?

    These people are often called Gram Weenies, and load their
    pack with a precise digital scale. There is nothing wrong with
    being a Weenie!

    My question is this ..... Do you place more of a priority on the
    Weight of the Bulk of an item?

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    Weight, but sometimes I choose something heavier than a lighter option due to bulk. That said, my stuff that is lighter is usually smaller too.
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    They sort of go together most of the time. A light item usually packs smaller than a heavy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGT Rock View Post
    Weight, but sometimes I choose something heavier than a lighter option due to bulk.
    Yep, for me that choice is close
    in regards to hammock and rain gear.

    Quote Originally Posted by xcrazydx View Post
    They sort of go together most of the time. A light item usually packs smaller than a heavy one.
    True, except for metals
    and cookware and such, plus some specialty items. Some heavier items
    fold up and store nicer than the lighter ones, but this is a rarity.

    I guess a subpoll would be:
    Which Pack Would You be PROUDER of:
    1) A Lightweight Pack - regardless of Bulk
    or
    2) A Low Bulk Pack - regardless of Weight

    for this subpoll, I would go for the low-bulk for ease of hiking
    and less trail snags. Plus, exercise wouldn't hurt, I could use
    a few inches off my waist.

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    Both weight and lack of bulk are important. However, with light gear usually comes less bulk.
    -Jeremy "Brother Bones"
    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    ...he's a mountain goat crossed with a marathoner.

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    Re: Priority?? Weight or Bulk?

    Quote Originally Posted by FireInMyBones View Post
    Both weight and lack of bulk are important. However, with light gear usually comes less bulk.
    That's what I'm talkin bout!

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    Senior Member somniferous's Avatar
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    Since I'm still a car camper, I go with items that are less bulky or pack up a certain way to fit in a certain area. Although since I've been looking into backpacking, I might start thinking about weight once I move on to longer hikes.

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    Now that I am backpacking and improving my equipment weight is more important. But if two things weigh the same the less bulky normally gets the nod.

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    Senior Member Boston's Avatar
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    Usually a lighter item is also less bulky. There are exceptions of course. My first priority is to fit everything in the pack. The smaller the load the smaller the pack you need, and thats a big weight savings, also.

    Cost is also a factor. $300 for a tarp that cuts 0.25 lb off my $40 or $50 diy isn't worth it to me. I plan to weight out my current pack then evaluate an ideal set up on a cost vs weight and\or bulk stand point and improve from there.

    I also really enjoy DIY, and that helps a lot on the cost front. Especially if I can sell some diy gear to fund better gear.

  10. #10
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    Comfort comes first, followed by weight. That's not to say that I don't want the lightest I can have, just that I'd rather have my bridge hammock and the comfort it affords me, than have a gathered end that's lighter. The same principle went into my tarp, it's huge and has full doors on it, but I'd rather carry the few extra ounces than not.

    I'm still less than half the weight I was carrying into the bush 40 years ago so I'm happy!!

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