I hear you say, several times, that you will bring the down jacket and that it is only 200 grams.
Particular things I have learnt through this forum include:
- bring things that will are likely to have more than one use
Like you, I have issues with cold mornings. For me it is my fingers, so lightweight (24 g each) merino gloves are in my collection with waterproof mittens (24 g each) to round out the protection.
My layers are:
2 x merino short sleeve (130 g)
1 x merino long sleeve (180 g)
1 x water (and wind) proof parka (200 g)
My usual starting regime is a short sleeve top. If the wind is uncomfortable, then the parka is also a starter (zipped up only when the wind is in my face). On other occasions I will put a long sleeve over the short sleeve. After 30 to 60 minutes, I take that off and stuff it in a side pocket: this is not a long exercise: by then both me and the day have warmed up.
For the early morning (2 May) from Sant-Jean (and for the days ahead), coldness was not much of an issue. On that day I could see pilgrims ahead stopping, take off a polyester "fleece", open the pack to stash it, maybe getting out some other top and donning that before taking off again: and presumably getting cold all the while. After not stopping at the last Sello truck (because of the cold), I noticed it was with those who had a similar regime to mine that were able to continue with ease.
My gloves for early morning cold are very light weight and easily stash away while underway (no stopping).
, from this side of the ditch I say, kia kaha, kia māia, kia mana'wa'nui (take care, be strong, patient and confident).