I own some compression stuff sacks but I never user them. They weigh too much. If you are counting ounces, you can usually get the same amount of compression for half the weight by simply kneeling on the item you want to compress and putting in a simple stuff sack.
Let me give you an example. My zero-degree synthetic sleeping bag comes with it’s own compression stuff sack which weighs 6.1 oz,. alone. It has all kinds of straps hanging off of it to compress the bag, but it is not waterproof. I substituted it with a very large 1.8 oz Sea-to-Summit waterproof stuff sack that I also use to pack the long underwear I wear in my sleeping bag. Size-wise, the degree of compression is identical with significantly less weight.
Another place you can save weight with stuff sacks is to use mesh sacks if your primary goal is to segregate gear, rather than keep it dry. For example, I use a head net that weights 0.7 oz. to hold a lot of loose gear like my pack towel, bandana, tent stakes, bear bag cord, prescriptions, glasses, etc. Stuff sacks from Outdoor Research and Sea-to-Summit can weight 2 or 3 times that.
So don’t fall into the trap that you can’t shave off weight using different kinds of stuff sacks. WEIGH EVERYTHING!
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