Thinking about packing my carry-on for our trip to the Dolomites later this month. We usually check bags so I can take my hiking poles, but this time I don’t want to chance the lost luggage. So I decided to see just how much weight and space I can save by choosing thin, lightweight fabrics for my shirts and pants, and I pulled out my kitchen scale to weigh some options. Here’s what I found:
Icebreaker Cool-Lite merino short sleeve tee: 84g; Eddie Bauer cotton/spandex SS tee: 137g. That is almost 2 ounces per Tshirt saved with the merino shirts, or half a pound (and a lot of space) for the 4 tees I need for hiking, etc.
One long sleeve merino shirt, and a dressier Carve Designs gauze long sleeve shirt for dinners—-this one only 105g.
Banana Republic denim jeans—a whopping 555g! No way.
I did find a lighter pair at 354g, but will probably forgo the jeans this trip in favor of a lighter, and dressier, cotton/Tencel option weighing 310g to wear on the plane and then for dinners. That is the same weight as the ankle-length nylon pants I also need to take for bad-weather hiking (and doubling as dress pants for dinner).
For most hiking days I will wear Mountain Hardwear Dynama capris, which weigh in at 146-150g, depending on color. I see on the Mountain Hardwear website the newer Dynama2 capris claim only 116g. I cannot understand the difference—it can’t be size as mine are the smallest size. So maybe they have come up with much thinner fabric. I am posting the link in case anyone is interested (limited color choice).
That’s a start. Jackets, rainwear, etc. are already determined. I will necessarily have to reduce my shoe inventory for my usual 5 pr to 3: hiking shoes, casual sneakers (Lowa suede city sneakers) and sandals.