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How Much Does Your Tent Footprint Weigh?

Ultralight Backpacking Tent Footprint Substitutions

Over fifty percent of backpackers use a manufacturer’s tent footprint under their tent on overnight backpacking trips (based on a survey that will be published next week). They do this to protect the bottom of their tents from sharp rocks and sand that can rip or puncture their tent floors, improve their floor’s water resistance, or […]

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The Tower of Babel

What the Heck is a Semi-Freestanding Tent?

If you want to buy a camping or backpacking tent, welcome to Babel! The made-up marketing jargon that tent manufacturers and outdoor retailers use to describe their products defies comprehension. It’s no wonder that so many tents are returned to retailers because they don’t measure up to the hype. One marketing term that I find to be a […]

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The NEMO Hornet 2P double-walled tent weighs less than two pounds.

Advantages of Lightweight Double-Walled Tents

Double-walled tents are making a comeback amongst backpackers because they’ve become much lighter with gear weights that rival their single-walled competitors. This is especially true in the two-person tent category where several 2 person, double-walled tents including the NEMO Hornet 2P, the NEMO Blaze 2P, and the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 all weigh 2 pounds or […]

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LL Bean Microlight UL 1 Person Tent

LL Bean Microlight UL 1-Person Backpacking Tent

The LL Bean Microlight UL-1 is a single person double-walled tent that weighs 1 pounds and 14 ounces, including an inner mesh tent, aluminum poles, and exterior rain fly (but no stuff sack bags or tent stakes). While quite lightweight, the Microlight has a cramped interior and limited vestibule space that make it hard to use by larger individuals […]

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An insulated underquilt can be used to provide bottom insulation for a hammock sleeper in cold weather

How to Sleep Warm in a Camping Hammock

Staying warm in a hammock in cool weather can be a challenge. While everyone’s metabolism is different, most people begin to feel cool in a hammock when the outside temperature reaches 65-70 degrees. At this point, the addition of bottom insulation is usually required to augment whatever sleeping bag or quilt you use to cover […]

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