I have the J34 and love it, but haven't tried the packs these other guys are talking about. They might well be better but the J34 works great for me.
I have a Kifaru paratarp and parastove I really like for shelter. I use a GI poncho for a groundsheet
Can't give a great choice for a pad and bag I'm not real happy with what I have. I'd like to try a Kifaru Slickbag. Alaska is known to be wet so if you go down you will want to be sure it stays dry. Might be worth looking at one of the best synthetics but it will be heavier. Maybe a down bag and bivy sack would be better in the floorless shelter, I've thought about that also.
My tent suggestion is the Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 at $370. It is a 2-man tent that with rain fly, poles, stakes, and stuff sack weighs 2 lbs 10 oz In warm weather, just take the rain fly (8 oz) and the footprint that is sold separately (10 oz) = 1 lb 2 oz
I have one and love it. The quality is good and it is super quick and easy to set up and very lightweight.
Like most 2-man tents, at 28 sq. ft. it is really a 1+. The only person who shares it with you should be your wife.
I know you have a pad but to me the pad is more important than the tent, especially since you can just take a rain fly for cover.
I love the REI Stratus insulated air sleeping pad. At 1 lb 9 oz. for the XL size I use there are way lighter and thinner pads out there for sure but I can't sleep comfortably on them.
I'm only a men's size large for clothing but I need more thickness and width in my pad. Maybe its because those of us over 50 have a hard time getting a good night's sleep, anyway. Man, to sleep like I did when I was 20...!
Mine is 26x78 pad by 2.5 inches thick and I can sleep comfortably in any position, even on my side. There's nothing more important when you are beating your body up backpacking and hunting than getting a good night's sleep. It packs down to 5x10 inches. The regular size is 1 lb 4 oz and is 20x72.
thanks Guys... I have been looking at the Big Agnes Copper Spur or Fly Creek. Still haven't landed on the pack, but have been leaning to the Just One by Eberlestock.
BB is right what ever you do go light or your ass be draging before you get started wish I had been on here an had these guys when I was geting in to western hunting.
I used the J34 pack this past October for a week in the Big Horns. This pack starts out at about 7.5 to 8 lbs empty. That is on the heavy side. The J34 pack is extremely durable and I don't think I could tear the material if I tried. The pack fit me very well and felt good with up to about 35 lbs. It does good in 'day pack mode'. When I got heavier than that, the pack started to sag. During summer training with the pack at about 65-70 lbs, it sagged pretty bad and a lot of weight was on my shoulders. I have since sold the J34 and bought a Kuiu Icon 5200. I can tell that it carries weight much better than the J34 just by loading it up with my training sand bag at about 60-65 lbs, but I have not hiked with it at all. For the price range, the J34 is very good. In my limited experience this past October in the mountains, I learned that every little ounce matters, especially for those of us who live at lower elevations and aren't acclimated to high elevations. It only took me one trip to the mountains to increase my 'pack budget' to cut some lbs and increase load carrying ability. I would pay close attention to what guys like BB recommend. They spend ALOT of time in the mountains and have already learned what works best.
I have used the following for the last couple years and it has worked really well for me hunting elk in WY/MT.
Pack - Eberlestock Blue Widow. This is a great pack and I hunt with it at about 35-40 lbs. on a 3-5 day hunt (including 2 water bladders filled). It is also nice that I can haul an elk quarter out to the truck on my first trip out to get my meat hauling pack...no wasted trips.
Sleeping Bag - I use the Marmot Helium (Membrane). This is a super-light and small bag that is built for these types of backcountry trips. It packs down to about the size of a loaf of bread and less than 2 lbs. I use it well into October and have not gotten cold yet. I usually only wear my long underwear to bed and I am toasty.
Tent - The last couple years I have used the Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 (2p) which is a really lightweight tent (under 2 lbs.). Its a bit cozy for 2 people though but gets the job done. I recently bought a Easton Kilo 3 but have not used it yet. I will take it out in the Boundary Waters this Spring to test. I have used bivy sacks in the past but prefer tents, especially in crappy weather.