Hello! I must start with a confession. I'm not actually a backpacker. Moreover a bikepacker. Fortunately, I have a healthy respect for those with boots instead of wheels and have found that, in the pursuit of fantastic equipment, we have far more similarities than differences. Most of my "touring" has been heavily laden, with comfort being the focus ahead of gram counting. However, as I get older, I realise I can spend more, weigh less, and enjoy the journey more. 2 out of three aint bad. Anyway, I shall try and caveat experience based advice with my two wheeled shame should I ever see fit to dish it out. It seems you have a thorough and engaging forum here. I look forward to getting stuck in! Cheers!