When it comes to sleeping pads, it boils down to two choices: foam or air. Let's take a brief look at the pros and cons for each.
Water is of the utmost importance on the trail. Over the years I’ve come up with a system that works very well for me and is very light weight. Water availability will generally dictate the amount of water you want to carry on the trail, but as a general rule, a 3 liter bladder or 3 liters of total storage should suffice. I use a 2L bladder and a 1L platy-bottle.
The big concern with going ultralight is the cost. Check out some great ways to save money and go ultralight at the same time in the video below. One of these ideas sounds very familiar (hint: Aquafina bottle); I like the way this guy thinks. He's got some great ultralight advice.
Check out Jason's channel on YouTube! He also has some good UL fishing advice for you anglers out there.
Packing your Pack
You want the pack to adopt a tall, thin profile. Remember to maintain side-to-side balance as well – a pack that leans over to one side places excessive pressure on your spine and irritates your shoulders. Make a point of getting as much gear inside the pack as possible. Odds and ends strapped on all over the outside of the pack wreak havoc with balance, especially if they are free to swing around. Finally, the top pocket has a tendency to become the repository for many, many small items that add up to significant weight and often make the pack distinctly top-heavy – be careful!
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