It’s basically about having your insulation work as a year round system you can add to and sleep in. It’s amazing how much weight you can save when you plan to use your clothes as part of your sleep system.
It’s also addressing the concept of modularity which I’m expanding on next month, taking a core item and adding to it rather than replacing it as and when you need extra performance or capacity.
It can mean that you’re always packing just the right kit, and it covers the constant whinge that “going lightweight is too expensive” as rather than an arsenal of disparate items for all seasons you can have one set of kit to mix and match.
The down gilet/Primaloft top combo is something I use a lot and it’s spot on for tent life. I used a Rab Neutrino jacket last winter a few times and it was fantastic, but in a tent it’s bulky and can be restrictive.
A down gilet in general is indespensible kit, there is nothing better for warmth to weight and packability.
It’s a bit devoid of character and humour though, the column this month. It’s difficult to get all the info in that I want and get some banter in there as well. So the banter gets chopped as believe or not I write those 300 words in the hope that someone somewhere might read it and think “Oh, that’s not a bad idea”, then lose some grams and have a better night up there.
It also just occurs to me that I always write with the idea of backpacking in mind, never day trips. I think the column would be mostly banter if I did day trips specifically, “And today I had my car keys in my back pocket and a bottle of Nuun in my hand. So, three men walked into a bar, one of the was wearing Paramo and the barman said…”.