Hiking in Finland

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One Stop Shop: CampSaver.com

On our second One Stop Shop stop we visit CampSaver.com and see if a online store from the USA can take the lead in offering the lightest gear list for aspiring lightpackers!

If you need to freshen up what this is all about, read the Introduction!

CampSaver.com is well known in the USA, and increasingly also in Europe and elsewhere - they offer free shipping to a lot of countries, and their prices are very competitive. But will the gear they suggest to us be lighter than what the Trekking-Lite-Store.com had to offer? Well, lets see:

Item Name Weight Price
Backpack Exped Lightning 60 Pack 1100 g $248.95
Sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Mtn Speed 32 Sleeping Bag 446 g $479.95
Mattress Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-Lite Regular 350 g $159.95
Shelter Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent 879 g $549.95
Pot Evernew Titanium UltraLight Deep Pot 0,9 125 g $63.95
 Stove Esbit Titanium Solid Fuel Stove 14 $11.96
Cutlery Alite Cloverware 2.0 Utensils 45 g $6.95
Knife Gerber Ultralight LST 17 g $20.60
Lamp Petzl e+LITE Headlamp 27 g $29.95
Trekking Poles Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles 260 $104.97
Shoes Salewa Firetail EVO Hiking Shoe 750 g $118.95
Fleece Patagonia R1 Hoody 357 g $159.00
Insulation Mont Bell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket 135 g $269.00
Rain pants Patagonia Torrentshell Stretch Pant 306 g $169.00
Rain jacket Marmot Super Mica Jacket 247 g $224.95
Boxers Patagonia Lightweight Briefs 53 g $30.00
T-Shirt Rab Aeon Tee 95 g $31.95
Longsleeve Arc’teryx Phase SL Crew Longsleeve 110 g $68.95

Total Weight: 5316 g
Total Price: $2748,98 (in today’s exchange rate that’s 1.993,80 €)

My thoughts on the list:

  • WOW! That are a lot of European brands!
  • Another WOW as I saw the total weight and price - a sub 2000 € list (though one would pay import duties and taxes when buying this from the USA, so price would go up)
  • Very nice choices for the stove and pot, though a windscreen probably would be useful, too (CampSaver.com gave me Trail Designs as an alternative!)
  • They offered the Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Backpacking Boot as on option for footwear, which had me a bit baffled, but I was happy to see the Salewa Firetail EVO Hiking Shoe listed as an option, which is far better for an ultralight list
  • Very nice garment choices, can’t go wrong with a Patagonia R1 Hoody and the Rab & Arc’teryx shirts
  • The Big Three (Pack, Shelter, Sleep System) are 2775 g which is very good and will make Jörgen happy!
  • Overall a great list that is very light and for a very good price

The table thus far:

 Trekking-Lite-Store.com 6157 g 2.288,80 € 0,47€ per gram
CampSaver.com 5316 g  1.993,80 € 0,52 € per gram

Next week we’ll see what Globetrotter, Partioaitta and Bergfreunde.de come up with.

Disclaimer: The One Stop Shop Series was Carsten’s idea and he gave me permission to translate his posts to English and contact a few more shops around the world. If you can read German, you can head over to his blog and read already the first posts with the gear lists from Globetrotter and Bergfreunde.