Part of what attracts us to backpacking is the focus on simplicity, and that ties into weight as well. Yeah, we've worked our way down to lighter packs and bags, but we've also learned to leave a lot of stuff a home.

So the weight savings are also a mental process that keeps life on the trail very simple. It makes a big difference to us. It might not to you.
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