I recently Started getting into ultralight backpacking and was wondering if you guys had any gear mods you made or possibly gear suggestions or anything really involving ultralighting it.
im Currently sporting
tent: Nemo hornet elite 1p w/ msr carbon core stakes
sleeping bag: thermarest space cowboy
pack: Osprey Talon 33
cooking: toaks titanium 550 ml pot, sea to summit titanium long spork, brs stove
sleeping pad: thermarest Uberlite
That looks like a really solid setup @NWIhiker! Short of swapping items, my only suggestions might be the following:
You could always look at lighter individual items, but I think you will see a large diminishment in weight savings for the amount of money you would have to spend. How much weight are you looking to shave off in total? I hope this helps!
Does your gear work for you and the trips you take? That is all that really matters...
But, that aside, your sleeping bag doesn't seem tome to be warm enough (45F) for most localities. I prefer something rated to 20F, or even better, 0F, for a general purpose bag. Of course, such bags that are reasonably light, three pounds or less, will be expensive. But my experience is that a quality bag will last for decades with reasonable care.
Do you really need a tent? (Bivvy sack fan here...) Consider something like the Gatewood Cape or similar item from Outdoor Research, an item which will serve as both a rain poncho and/or tent...
just for the record, I am not totally into ultralight. Like most, i am always on the hunt for something that will work well and lower pack weight, but it has to be functional first. There eventually is a point of diminishing returns and for me, functions is more important than lighter weight. That is why rock climbers do not lead out with paracord....