No. It’s a myth that sleeping naked in a sleeping bag is warmer than wearing long underwear. I’m not sure how this Internet meme started but it’s dead wrong. How Sleeping Bags Work Sleeping bags are designed to trap the heat your …Read More »
How Much Food Should You Pack for a 3 Day Backpacking Trip?
As a rule of thumb, you can figure on using 2 lbs of food per person per day on a 3 season backpacking trip. Depending on your body weight and exertion level, you may need more or less food, but that’s a …Read More »
How Many Pairs of Socks Should You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?
Many people bring too many extra clothes on backpacking trips, including more shirts, pants, pairs of underwear, socks, and even shoes that they don’t need. Extra clothes add a lot of unnecessary weight to a backpack and take up a significant amount of extra …Read More »
10 Best Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks of 2023
Stuff sacks are an essential piece of backpacking and camping gear that keep sleeping bags or quilts dry, organized, and compressed. However most of the manufacturer’s stuff sacks that come with sleeping bags or quilts are designed for uncompressed storage, not field …Read More »
How Waterproof is Silnylon?
Siliconized nylon, more commonly called silnylon, is a waterproof fabric used to make tents by many smaller manufacturers including Six Moon Designs, Tarptent, Mountain Laurel Designs, and Hilleberg which specialize in making ultralight backpacking gear or expedition-grade tents. It’s also sold in …Read More »
Can You Drink Tannic Water?
If you hike or backpack in areas that have large amounts of decaying vegetation, like the forests of North America, you’re going to come across natural water sources that have a sickly red, orange, or yellow color. The tea-like coloring is caused …Read More »
Does DEET Harm Outdoor Clothing and Gear?
DEET in all concentrations can harm outdoor gear and clothing made with synthetics, like nylon and waterproof/breathable membranes, as well as plastics. It doesn’t harm outerwear or gear made with natural materials, however, including cotton, wool, aluminum, or steel. While DEET is …Read More »
How to Pitch a Tent on a Wooden Platform
Many state parks, national forests, and national parks have campsites with wooden tent platforms. If you’ve ever tried to set up a tent on one of these, you know what a challenge can be if you have a tent that’s not freestanding …Read More »
Osprey Stratos 36 Backpack Review
The Osprey Stratos 36 is a ventilated and adjustable length backpack that is suitable for long day hikes, multi-sport adventures, and even lightweight backpacking trips. It has a suspended mesh back panel and seamless wrap-around hip belt that make it cool and …Read More »
Can You Use a Backpacking Water Filter After It’s Been Frozen?
Most hiking and backpacking water filters must be replaced if they’ve been frozen. When it gets too cold to keep a water filter from freezing, your best bet is to switch to chemical purification using chlorine dioxide in tablet form (Katadyn chlorine …Read More »
Rab Xenair Alpine Light Insulated Jacket Review
The Rab Xenair Alpine Light Insulated Jacket is a synthetic insulated jacket with a hood, chest pocket, and hand warmer pockets. It has body-mapped insulation: more on the torso and less along the sides for better thermo-regulation when active. I’ve been using …Read More »
10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents of 2023
Ultralight backpacking tents are a good option when you’re trying to reduce the weight of your backpacking gear but you’re unwilling to give up the comfort of a tent and sleep under a tarp without insect protection. The lightest weight ultralight backpacking …Read More »
Mystery Ranch Blitz 30 Backpack Review
The Mystery Ranch Blitz 30 is a great day pack for hiking, work, travel, school, and commuting. It is bomber tough like a lot of Mystery Ranch Packs and has a multitude of functional pockets and PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) attachment …Read More »
10 Best All-in-One Hammock Tents in 2023
All-in-One Hammocks Tent Systems, also known as camping hammocks, backpacking hammocks, and hammock shelter systems are complete shelters that include a hammock, mosquito netting, a tarp for rain protection, and a suspension system to hang it all between two trees. The biggest …Read More »