I would skip the mamiya 645. I have one, its a nice camera, but its too heavy for hiking long distances, the 45mm lens itself weighs quite a bit. You want something you can sling over your neck with a backpack on. Also fiddling with lens changes seems cool when you are in front of a computer, but when you are loaded down on the trail and stopto try to swap lenses in and out of a bag is pretty clumsy. I suppose LF people would laugh at that but its even more irritating if you have other people with you that just want to keep moving.
Go single lens, either TLR or rangefinder. I have been looking at the same question, but for traveling with two kids in Europe. No way I am lugging my mamiya around. I am hoping to score a good deal on a fuji wide angle myself. I havent held one, but comparing the size of the 45mm glass on the mamiya and the fuji 645w is pretty telling.
I owned a Fuji 6x9 for a few years and found it to be an outstanding camera. At f/3.5, the 90mm lens is a little slow, but it is a well balanced camera that is easily hand-held. The lens was the sharpest I've ever used, bar none. I found the 90mm a little wide for my taste, and the shutter setup for long exposures was a pain. (You have to cover the lens and advance the film or cover the lens and advance the shutter speed ring to close it after time exposures. Fiddling with either method was annoying.) The plastic bodies on the later models is light and rugged. I sold mine only because I did not use it enough and built my Hasselblad system instead.
I know the OP indicated he doesn't want an old folder (why?), but I'll just say that when I looked into an easily portable MF camera for hiking and biking, I ended up buying a Voigtländer Perkeo II. It's absolutely tiny, and the Color Skopar lens is very capable. My other alternative is my pre-war Rolleiflex (smaller and lighter than the later models), but it's much more obtrusive than the Perkeo. All depends on what your personal limits are for weight and size, I suppose.
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Any man who can see what he wants to get on film will usually find some way to get it;
and a man who thinks his equipment is going to see for him is not going to get much of anything.
I know the OP indicated he doesn't want an old folder (why)
I presume that he wanted something more "modern" or have a interchangeable lens form factor. He indicated that the Mamiya 7 was a first choice and such cameras weight about 1.3kg with an 80mm lens. So while portability was an issue, it didn't seem to be an over riding factor as the Fuji 6x7 and 6x9 cameras he was requesting information on weigh in at 1.5kg. My proposal was about 1.2kg with an 80mm 2.8 lens and 1.3kg with a wide angle 55mm 2.8 lens.
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