Best Birthday EVER!!
So my birthday was this week and I got some amazing gifts. From my In-Laws, I got a gift card to REI and my mom sent me some money and between that and my REI Dividends and the Coupon I was able to get some really cool stuff!
With my mom’s money I was able to update all my line to Zpacks Zline and some Micro Line Locks! I got 50ft of 1.25mm Z-line spectra cord in bright yellow for my shelter. I cut a continuous ridgeline and guyline for my new Wilderness Logics Tadpole Tarp (review coming) and added the Micro Locks to it all for a great weight savings of 4oz off the basic line from REI!! I also got 50ft of the Z-Line Slick Dyneema Cord in Orange for my bear bag which saved me 2.8oz. I specifically got the Spectra for my tarp because it is stiffer and has a lot of grip and the Slick Dyneema for my bear bag because it’s slick and that’s better for going over trees.
The other purchase I made was with my REI money and though the weight to cost savings wasn’t as fantastic as the Zline but it was probably the most fun thing. With my 20% coupon, dividends, gift card, and what was left over from what my mom sent, I had just enough to replace my old Sierra Designs Micro Wind Jacket with a new North Face Women’s Verto Jacket!! I’m really excited to add this piece to my gear kit because as some may remember I found this jacket last July and posted an article on it back then, so to finally get my hands on one of my own is really awesome and at 2.6oz for a Women’s Large it saved me 6.2oz over my old Sierra Designs jacket. I can’t wait to get some use out of this and get a real review up.
So after changing all my line and swapping out my old jacket for my new one, I’ve saved 13oz. That’s what I’d call a pretty successful Ultralight Backpacking Birthday!!