I'm looking for an ultralight backpacking...
I'm looking for an ultralight backpacking tent and ran across the Pulsar. In the specs there are two weights listed: package wt (3.6#) and trail wt (2.15#). Why/what makes them different? Does one include the footprint weight?
The packed weight includes everything you need to setup and carry the tent. The trail weight does not include the stuff sac, stakes, footprint, etc. It only includes the tent, poles and fly.
Exactly, I agree with Matt. I always use the packed weight, because of course I am bringing stakes and a footprint. I could drop the stuff sacks for the stakes and poles. Each person is different, but with where I go to backpack in the mountains, there is no way I am going by the trail weight. Those stakes and footprint save both my butt and my tent from the wrath the mountains throw at you. So, bottom line, I would go by the packed weight based on what a normal person brings to set up a tent. If you will be going minimalist and dropping stuff sacks and zipper pulls, then the trail weight might be better. Even then, I would sort of average it between the packed and trail.