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Hiker Smartphone Navigation App and GPS Device Use Trends

Use of Analog and Digital Navigation Aids

Digital Smartphone Navigation Apps and GPS Devices have eclipsed the use of physical maps and magnetic compasses in terms of usability although their full scale adoption is still hindered by lingering battery life and network connectivity limitations. But how widespread is their use? We recently surveyed 543 hikers across of wide …

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Backpacking Quilt Adoption Rate – Survey Results

21% of backpackers surveyed use a quilt, while 66% use a mummy sleeping bag

Have you ever considered switching from a sleeping bag to a backpacking quilt? Backpacking quilts are lighter weight than sleeping bags, they pack up smaller, and they’re much more comfortable for side sleepers since they don’t have a hood. We recently surveyed 598 backpackers to see what kind of sleeping …

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