Re: Packing in ..... insanity
There are many combinations of bags and pads that would work. In terms of the best, lightest gear likely to work, I would look at the Thermarest XTherm pad in the size you think you need and either Feathered Friends (they will make a custom down bag for you to fit that fits you well--I had 'em make a -30F rated bag for me a few years ago) or Western Mountaineering bag. These are probably the best, lightest, and most expensive options. However, there are many other options that would work, but they'll weigh more and be more bulky, guaranteed.
The biggest issue I find in many years of backcountry wilderness backpack hunting is the ability to warm up and dry off each evening so you can hunt hard the next day. A tent with a wood stove, in my humble opinion, is one of the key pieces of equipment to have to be able to hunt hard day after day. If you are assured of good weather where you hunt (who is), then the stove might not be as big of a deal.
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