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The MSR Flylite is a Trekking Pole Tent with a boxy shape

MSR FlyLite 2 Person Trekking Pole Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR FlyLite is a lightweight, 1 pound 12 ounce, single-wall trekking pole tent that sleeps two comfortably. With vertical side walls and mesh windows that provide excellent interior livability and cross-ventilation, the new FlyLite is perfect for base camp style camping and backpacking at established campsites in fair weather, but its boxy shape and large footprint […]

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Freestanding tents are very fast and easy to set up because they don't require tents stakes to pitch.

Freestanding Backpacking Tents

Have you even wanted to move your tent because the ground underneath was uncomfortable or you needed to make space for someone else at your tent site? Have you ever had to pitch your tent on a wooden platform, a sandy beach, or a rocky overlook where you couldn’t use tent stakes? I think everyone has had an […]

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When camping in a hammock, you want to make sure you don't hyperextend your knees in order to avoid knee pain the next morning.

Why Do My Knees Hurt When I Camp in a Hammock?

I had a reader contact me about knee pain after they camped in a hammock that was so severe that it forced them off the trail early to recuperate. This is a fairly common ailment when sleeping in a hammock and is caused by hyperextending your knees. Imagine that you’re lying in your hammock, with your […]

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The screened walls in the Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 FL tent provide excellent ventilation and airflow.

Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Ultralight Tent Review

The Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 FL (feather lite) is a lightweight trekking pole tent that provides the benefits of ultralight tarp camping with the comfort of a screened-in and rain-proof tent. A single walled shelter without a separate rain fly, (you can pitch it in the rain without getting the interior wet) the Tensegrity 1 FL […]

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