NEW HIKING BACKPACK (Quechua Forclaz) Gear swap and Weight Reduction Video

NEW HIKING BACKPACK (Quechua Forclaz) Gear swap and Weight Reduction Video. Trev’s turn to shed some unwanted Backpack kilo’s, and what better way to start over than with a brand new BackPack or Rucksack or whatever you want to call it.

Having decided that his Vango Sherpa backpack is becoming increasingly uncomfortable, Trev’s weight reduction starts off to a great start as he saves 765grams straight off just by getting a new bag in the shape of the Quechua Forclaz.

He actually had his hand forced as the Backpack is smaller than his old one and he won’t have any room to fit stuff into it. Anyway, that being said, it was a job that needed looking at for a while. So join Trev as he looks at his hiking gear, reduces his hiking back pack weight and looks forward to trying out a brand new backpack on the trail. 3rd time lucky!

  1. lenny harry says:

    put first aid kit into a plastic ziplock bag, dump the stuff sacks for your waterproofs, use spare bootlace as lanyard for whistle round your neck

  2. Sconja Outdoors 76 says:

    I have changed out a lot of my kit over the past 4-5 years and gone down the lightweight root mainly because i was struggling with a stupidly big pack filled with gear half of which i didn't need. Each xmas and my birthday my family give me cash as my present so i can then buy the kit i want but always spend it wisely, ebay has been amazing for buying my kit and i can honestly say i don't think I've ever paid full price on any of it. Thanks for sharing Trev and i hope your new pack kicks ass. Atb Sconja πŸ‘

  3. Dave Vaughan says:

    Nice one Trev. Bags are a good place to save weight and often a more cost effective way than trying to save a few hundred grams on other kit. For a seat mat, I chopped a section of old roll mat up, its a little heavier than the seat mats you can buy but cheaper and larger. ATB, Dave

  4. Trev, be aware of Quechua rucksacks and wet arse syndrome. A friend had one, not sure if same model and because of the shape of the bottom of the bag, in heavy rain the pack gets soaked (even with pack cover) and water seeped down the outside and onto his backside!
    First aid. Couple of plasters, some compeed, Imodium, paracetamol in a ziplock bag. Loose the binds and anything else you've never used. Wrap a few feet of duct tape around your trekking poles. Wet wipes, dry them out and the rehydrate with tiny drop of water when needed. Get a mega cheap foil space blanket instead of safety blanket weighs nothing costs nothing. 1/2 bootlaces are sufficient. BRS 3000 titanium stove about 47 gms cost about 15 quid or less. Knife, small Swiss army with scissors and tweezers. You could loose another kilo. Good luck on your next foray.

  5. Gareth & Zoe Wildcamps says:

    You've gone the opposite way to us Trev lol, if you look on our earlier vids we used the same Quechua packs, now we've just bought Vango Sherpa and Contour bags for winter. Gareth took his bag back as stitching was coming apart on the drawstring collar at the top of the main compartment and I've had to sew mine too (but Decathlon were more than happy to refund, no questions). Apart from that issue they were reliable enough for the money and we still use the one you've just bought for our kids when they come wild camping. Never had any problems with wet bum syndrome though and as you know we've been out in all sorts of weather. The weight saving is coming along nicely too. Gareth has wrapped 3 metres of gaffa tape around a pencil and cut the ends off to the same width, makes for a very small roll of emergency tape we always carry. If you buy some rucksack straps from Decathlon (about Β£3.00) the Quechua have tabs to thread them through on the bottom of their bags, useful for attaching roll mats ect. All the best, Gareth&Zoe

  6. Paul's Bushcraft camping n cooking says:

    Do the straps not adjust via Velcro on the back plate itself they should do the entire back plate should slid up above the hood pocket

  7. Walking wivdogs says:

    Get rid of the mug replace with Titanium pot/mug that you can put a MSR pocket rocket stove and gas canister in….saves weight and space, Pocket rocket stove is great even in strong winds.

  8. Burton Outdoors says:

    Nit picky I know mate… but you didn't add the weight of the water sterilizing tablets to the total of the first aid kit… you deducted the box but added the tabs and didn't re weigh the first aid kit… just saying…. πŸ˜‰ Wrap about 5ft of duck tape round an old credit card or loyalty card or a piece of strong card… reduce weight and space. Fantastic viddy, I've got a decathlon jobby too, not as flash as yours though. Cheers Trev…

  9. The Wild Native says:

    I learnt loads! I need to carry spare boot laces, didn't even cross my mind. The savings toted up and I was mesmerised watching whether you were going to keep or chuck the items! Fab video thanks.

  10. Chris Webb says:

    Great video. I've been using YouTube to research kit. I followed Dave Vaughan with the Stormin Normin cone and alcohol stove. In all, less yhen half the weight of my jetboil. I got a 3f ul backpack about 50L which weighs around 950grms. Keep on with the videos. They're an inspiration. πŸ™‚

  11. Hippy AIDS says:

    Great video. I really should weigh all my stuff at some point to see if I can save on some KILOS too. But, until then.. Meh.

    Just a suggestion tho. Have a look into pocket organisers to put all your miscellaneous items, tools and tatt in. They probably will add a little bit of weight but are really great for when you need to lay your hands on a specific peice of kit. Im currently using a Maxpedition* Fatty, but there are loads on the market.

    *Note: I am in no way affiliated with Maxpedition.

  12. Dead Fall Bushcraft says:

    Nice sack Trev, and a great weight saving a new pack makes a difference. I'm down to 10.62kg for winter. You'll love going lighter it make doing the Ups easier. Take care mate cheers Karl

  13. Cornish Knives & Camping says:

    Although your old bag was adjustable Trev it could be the wrong size for you. Most bags come in different sizes and still incorporates adjustment.
    Hope you have a better experience with the new one.
    ATB Mike

  14. Dorset Piper says:

    I notice lots of good advice about what to ditch….however I think the main thingΒ isΒ you need to ditch Nath as he is just a dead weight and holding you back (not really – only joshing, but too good an opportunity to miss). I have two of the Vango Sherpas and I notice the over the shoulder adjuster wears loose and thus the gap develops between the pack and the shoulder padding – might be an issue here. Lots of good swap out ideas from the feedback. Cheers.

  15. Nathan Fullick says:

    Mate, that was a nice little video! I like the look of the new pack.. And I am super happy to see you making good progress with weight saving an kit selection. I guess it's personal to all of us what's important an what's not.. All I know is, I now want a new bag too!

    Palm, Punch, Elbow big man


  16. Dartmoorwonderer says:

    It's surprising how much a few items add up to giving a good weight saving. IE just putting your first aid kit in a zip lock bag instead of the red bag its in will save a few grams and you can see where things are instead of having to empty it, simple things like that saves weight. slip your water bottles into Nath bag when he aint looking will save more lol. ATB Steve.

  17. George Post says:

    Ditch more weight, get a lightweight cup ditch heavy cup. Eat your porridge out of lightweight cup, ditch giant bowl. If hiking with Nath, one of you carries the stove and the other one carrys the fuel. If you are carrying a sleeping bag, do you need to also carry the emergency blanket? (Sometimes the answer may be yes, but not always.) Keep calm and carry less.

  18. Alan METALMAN – Hiking & Wildcamping says:

    Funny how much weight does get saved, when you add it all up. Must admit, I am one of these that says, I better pack this, I better pack that – just in case, then end up cursing all day with the weigh. I think I need a sherpa! Cheers Alan

  19. BRI GRILLS says:

    A really good video mate, I made my own bootlaces from paracord,I found they actually outlast the boot.Lol. It's always good to see how others do things, after reading some of the comments I'm definitely gonna do the duct tape around the credit card idea. All the best, Bri

  20. Viking Outdoors says:

    Nice one trev. I use a 70lt bag in the winter. It dose the same as yours but iv not found it to be a problem. You could always rap duck tape around a small bit of cardboard saves you takeing the hole reel out with you. πŸ˜πŸ‘

  21. Northern Wayfarer says:

    wow you carry a lot and I thought my pack was too heavy. Maybe look at using two different bags… one for wild camping and one for day walks. Unless of course you are training for long distance trails, there is no need to carry that much weight on a day hike.

  22. Stu Bloggs says:

    Hope that works for you Trev, there are some cracking pieces of lightweight gear around today……..Cheers,Stu.

  23. Wye Explorer says:

    Hey Trevor use a Swedish folding mug – it saves space and weight. I've been using them for ages and I love em…we can clean up with grass and water, we can eat out of a 600ml stoeaks mug or something and do away with the plate and I reckon chuck the poles you won't die without them. Some good keeps there mind – the life saving blanket – good idea. Very interesting – I think the light weight business is going to go much further – gets addictive I reckon. Mark

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