Archive | Sleeping Bags/Pads

When you're too warm, you can fold the quilt part of the Backcountry Bed down, just like you would with a blanket in your bed at home.

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 800 Fill Power, 3-Season Sleeping Bag

The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed is unlike any sleeping bag ever made. Part sleeping bag, part quilt, part top bag, part bed, it combines the thermal efficiency of a mummy-style sleeping bag with the comfort and freedom of a quilt sleeping system. Available in two different  models, one insulated with 650 fill power DriDown (two season) […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, RailRiders EcoMesh Pants, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or […]

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The NeoAir XTherm is about the same height as a Nalgene, but definitely thicker. Still that's pretty small for a winter sleeping pad.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Review

When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of […]

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Dual side zippers let you vent the Strato Loft 25 like a blanket or sleeping qulit

NEMO Strato Loft 25 Sleeping Bag Review by Captain Mouse

The NEMO Strato Loft 25 sleeping bag is about as close to sleeping on a twin bed as you can get in a car camping sleeping bag. Weighing 3 pounds and 4 ounces, the Strato Loft is too heavy for use as a backpacking sleeping bag, but it’s ideal for three-season car camping, especially for side […]

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Sleeping Pad R Values

Measuring Insulation If you’re a home owner, you are probably familiar with the concept of an R-Value. If not, it’s a measure used in the building and construction industry to rate the thermal resistance of building insulation under specific test conditions. The higher the R value, the more effective it is. R value performance testing is […]

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Mummy shape vs NEMO Spoon shape

NEMO Nocturne 30 Sleeping Bag Review

As a side sleeper, I’ve struggled to sleep comfortably in mummy shaped sleeping bags for years. They’re usually too tight around the shoulders and legs for me to roll onto my side. So I was intrigued when I learned about NEMO’s new spoon-shaped sleeping bags which are wide in the shoulders and knees, making it easy to […]

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