Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Beaumont, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: Hiking Kayaking Scuba Diving
Just a few things for you. I'm 49 and am getting more lightweight, as I get older ! The best sleeping pad, hands down, is the Thermarest NeoAir. VERY compact; 2.5 inches thick and plush to sleep on; and the LIGHTEST pad out there. Unless you plan to winter camp on snow, you don't need the All-Season version, but at only a few grams more, it is more robust. Like most expensive ultra-light gear, you gotta take care of it. Both my NeoAir and my wife's never see the light of day outside the tent. They are unrolled and inflated IN the tent; and rolled up in the tent in the morning. Never had an issue with them for more than 3 years.
For sleeping bags, down is the way to go. Lasts forever; very light; and unbelievably compressible. My wife and I use the MontBell UL Super Spiral Downhugger #3 which is rated for 0C and only weighs 1lb 6oz. The main feature of the MontBell bag is it's ability to STRETCH, so you don't feel claustrophobic in it. Wifey just loves hers !
My two cents....