When it comes to packing for your running or hiking there is no lack of items to browse before taking off on to your next training, race or adventure. The idea is to go as light as possible and some products can be very beneficial.
The aim is to be able to enjoy an adventure outdoors with as little discomfort as possible. Exact weight specifications vary of course, but as a rule, one speaks of:
* Base weight: the weight of a backpack + inside & outside gear, excluding food, water, and fuel, which vary depending on the art, duration and style of adventure.
For instance, during a trailrun, I carry about 2 or 3 Kg. My fastpacking adventures run between 4 and 5,5 Kg. My hiking trips run around 12 up to 13 Kg. To have an idea, people who are walking the Camino aim for around 11/13 Kg.
My Personal Gear
Total weight of my running-pack is 2,2 Kg. Of course, lots of it depends heavily on the weather, the area and the length of the trail.
Total Nett weight of the pack is 4.6 Kg. Of course, there are items without knowing the weight. (I know, but I am just to lazy to check them on a scale.) But if I calculate an extra 1 Kg for these items, which will be well within reach, the whole pack will come to a Gross weight of 5,6 Kg.
A pack with 5,6 Kg weight is for me completely acceptable. Knowing I’ll be able to reduce this weight at least 1 Kg within due time.
Total Nett weight of the pack is between 7,6 Kg and 9,2 Kg, depending if I will sleep in my tent or my hammock (sleeps awesome!) Of course, there are items without knowing the weight. But if I calculate an extra 2,5 Kg for these items, which will be well within reach, the whole pack will come to a Gross weight of around 10,1Kg 11,7Kg
Either way, a pack for Hiking with 11,7 Kg weight is for me completely acceptable. Also here I’ll probably reduce this weight within due time.