If you find a mummy sleeping bag to constricting to sleep with on backpacking or camping trips, a hoodless quilt can be a more comfortable and lighter weight sleep insulation option. Quilts insulate the top of your body at night, while you’re sleeping pad insulates the bottom. They’re very similar to sleeping with a blanket, making […]
Product reviews on backpacking gear.
The Osprey Packs Talon 44 Backpack ($149.95) is a lightweight pack with an adjustable torso length that’s good for weekend backpacking trips, technical day hikes, and peakbagging. Weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces, it can carry a remarkable amount of gear and has a body hugging fit that provides excellent load control for scrambling and fast packing. […]
The MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent is a lightweight, two-person, double walled tent that weighs 2 pounds 11 ounces (minus stuff sacks and tent stakes on the SectionHiker scale) While that is 4 ounces more than the MSR’s published specs for this tent, the FreeLite 2 is still a viable sub-three pound tent, that puts more […]
National Geographic has published a new, thirteen map Appalachian Trail Illustrated map set ($149.97) of waterproof paper maps that cover the length of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. Available as a complete set or in separate 200-250 mile sections of trail ($14.95 each), they’re cleverly packaged in booklet form instead of huge […]
The Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad (MSRP $69.95) is a full length warm weather sleeping pad that only weighs 12.6 ounces (on the SectionHiker digital scale). It packs up super small and is a good choice when you want to go light but not skimp out on your sleeping comfort. It reminds me of the transparent Big […]