We're halfway through September 2016, and after having ample opportunity to use my current setup, I thought I would share it. About 30 to 40 lbs depending on how much I leave home, this is for a 3-4 night trip, usually 3-5 miles in. I'll also add some notes to each item on my list and links to reviews. If you would like more info on any of my gear shoot me an email, and I'll be happy to answer your questions.
Rob's 2016 Backcountry Gear List
Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34 -it's a dream shooting this bow. The draw cycle is wonderful, however, it was not easy to tune.
Trophy Taker Quivalizer(read review) -probably the best gear upgrade for me this year. I removed 1 lb off my bow and tightened up my groups at longer distance shots. I was worried about how the quiver would hold my micro diameter arrows, but so far its been great.
RipCord Ace Micro -I love that I can load an arrow during a stalk without having the arrow bounce around.
Vortex Razor 65mm spotting scope (read review) -best glass for your dollar. Held up well against the more expensive glass (read comparison), but I'm not super happy with the build quality compared the Swaro or Leica. I have had mine in for repair a few times now.
Sawyer Squeeze water filter 1L (read review) works well for me however, I prefer using a platypus 3L bag for dirty water, it's easier to collect water. Just wrap some electrical tape around the nozzle to make it fit better
Costco Carbon trekking poles. I broke one (not in the field), but for $39/pair I can't complain too much.
Princeton Tech Remix Pro headlamp
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger -I'd rather have the Delorme Explorer, esp after 2 consecutive price increases. Would also be nice to be able to text my wife.
Duct Tape -wrapped around my trekking pole
Thermarest butt pad for glassing. I purchased the RidgeRest SOL lite and cut it up into 3 large pieces for the same price as one folded up small one.
2 packets quaker oatmeal (messy, include paper towel for cleanup)