Zelph,they are all important thoughts on the thread..which one?????
I think an important interesting topic would be about "dual purpose" items on the trail to save weight.Since a person has to carry umpteen little items to do certain tasks it might be interesting to see some of the hiker's creations to double up on some of those tasks..say water collection and possible emergency tie-outs if something tears,or just more is needed that a small clamp clip can form several tasks quick and easy...or even clamp two pieces of material together to tighten a fly around a hammock end if the wind direction changes drastically..things like that.People have a lot of unique ideas and clever uses for all sorts of minimal weight "home brew" gear(or commercially made).
Anytime I see a dual purpose use for something it generally drops a significant amount of weight a person has to carry on the trail.
Multi-tools are a good example..however,a person has to take into account the quality,the weight,the tools on board,and then uses for that "tool" and is it adequate for the task at hand.A person may be carrying a lot of unnecessary weight verses the tasks provided.For example,I really don't think a corkscrew would get much use on the trail so if the multi-tool,.has that..get a different one or cut it off.
The water collection idea..I saw hennessy's..it's a great idea..but for me theirs has limitations because of all the different bladders I have it wouldn't work with a cap that fits one brand..so I have to come up with a way to use one collector for all bottles..the T bar piece of wire should serve that purpose..besides hanging from a grommet,as a tie-off,etc..The extra 8" strip of velcro.. can be used for multiple tasks and weighs nearly nothing,will not break like a rubber band,and doesn't wear out like tape..which it would also replace in a pinch.
There are a lot of gizmos,gadjets,even junk that might be handy on the trail.A person could put together a 2-3oz baggie of miscellaneous junk that would perform 30 tasks and save a pound!..just a thought...
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