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3 Heavy Cases to Swap Out Before Your Thru-Hike

If you're not careful you may end up carrying an unnecessary heavy case while thru-hiking or backpacking. We illustrate three common types of heavy cases that we've seen in backpacks before.

Paul Bodnar       Educational       08/03/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
08/03/2021
a Petzl Headlamp case

Headlamp Case

The headlamp case for the Petzl e+LITE weighs 19 grams. This is just one gram lighter than the actual headlamp itself. I recommend leaving this case at home because your headlamp should be fine without being in a case.

A MSR case that is open

Stove Case

The stove case for the MSR PocketRocket 2 is relatively heavy. It weighs a whopping 30 grams! This is about the  weight of a 1 liter Platypus bottle. I recommend leaving this case at home. To keep your stove clean, you can use a sealable plastic bag that weighs just a few grams.

A glasses case that is open

Eyeglasses Case

The average eyeglasses case weighs around 114 grams or 4 ounces. You can easily make your own eyeglasses case that only weighs 30 grams (1.06 oz).

Summary

It’s important to watch out for heavy cases that can sneak into your pack. Even outdoor manufacturers have designed heavy cases for their lightweight gear. So it’s important to pay attention to what you put in your pack. Every extra ounce you add to your pack makes a difference. It’s important that you weigh and evaluate everything you put in your pack if you want to have a light pack on your hike.


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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail again in 2010 to do research for his guide book Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the Pacific Crest Trail. Now with the help of a team of great people they have created over 90 guides for trails around the world.