Why Overall Backpack Weight Matters


You might scoff at the idea of cutting toothbrushes in half and trimming unused lines off of a tent in the name of saving weight, but there's a reason why people go to such great lengths to save ounces.  In an extreme example, if I strapped a 70 lbs. pack on your back and told you to start walking up that nearby hill, how far would you make it until you had to take a break?  Furthermore, if I told you to hike with it all day long, what would you feel like after 4-6 hours?  


On the flip side, if I tossed a 25 lbs. pack on your back and asked you to do the same things, would the outcome change?  I believe it would and that's my point.  Not only will your body thank you for cutting that weight, but you're going to have a much better time out there when you're traveling down a trail or through the woods hunting.  We're out there in the wilderness to have a great time and there's no reason why we need to suffer more than necessary.  

Counting ounces, trimming lines, and cutting things in half is how you achieve massive reductions in overall pack weight.  Never EVER underestimate the value of a few ounces.  Why?  Because basic math tells you that ounces add up to pounds.  You'd be shocked to see how fast this happens.  


Let's say you can shave 3 ounces here, 4 ounces there, 2 ounces over there, and 3 more somewhere else.  That's 12 ounces, nearly an entire pound!  Don't look at the individual weight savings, look at the bigger picture.  


What does saving a single pound of weight get you at the end of the day?  Good question - it can mean the difference in your feet being extra sensitive, being able to power up that last hill to camp, or waking up the next morning feeling rested because your body wasn't working harder than it had to the day previous.  The overall impact to your body will be reduced which in turn gives you increased endurance.  


Never underestimate the power of saving a few ounces.