I'm planning more plein air work this season, and now that the weather is definitely changing for the better, it's time to reassess my equipment.
I had a problem with weight last year; not me as much as all the equipment. I had the french easel which helps with organization and doing your work but it weighs a bit much. Next I carried a nearly full LL Bean tote bag and a small daypack with lunch, etc. I wanted to try something different; here's what I came up with to eliminate the weight of a french easel:
The few times I was able to get out for some plein air work, I used an old beat up french easel and a large LL Bean carry bag. I didn't look stylish but the simplicity, albeit extra weight worked just as well as my friends with high dollar plein air equipment. Just my $.02.