Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads

Therm-a-rest Lite Seat Review

I don’t carry a sit pad when I go hiking. I just sit on my backpack or day pack if I need thermal protection from the ground during rest breaks. Tree stumps also work pretty well if they’re not covered in snow. Why anyone would want to pay $25 for …

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Camping Pillows

As a side sleeper, I have a hard time getting to sleep outdoors when my head is not propped up. This is not an problem during the winter when I have enough extra down or synthetic clothing to bunch up as a pillow, but the rest of the year it’s an …

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Vegan Sleeping Bags

I have a reader, named Randy, who contacted me recently seeking advice on 3 season synthetic sleeping bags. He's adopted a vegan lifestyle and doesn't want to use a goose down bag. This will be his first sleeping bag so I volunteered to suggest some alternatives for him. He's selected …

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Exped Downmat 7 Sleeping Pad

Exped Downmat 7 Sleeping Bag

The Exped Downmat 7 is a sinfully luxurious sleeping pad for cold weather camping when you need extra insulation below your sleeping bag to stay warm. Almost all sleeping bags, no matter their temperature rating, have one fundamental flaw. When you get into your bag, you compress the insulation underneath …

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Selecting a Sleeping Pad

NEMO Astro 20R Inflateable Sleeping Pad

Selecting a sleeping pad for a backpacking trip depends on a variety of factors including personal preference, outside temperature, terrain, and weight. It’s important to understand the tradeoffs between these when selecting the right sleeping pad for a backcountry trip. First off, sleeping pads provide you with two primary benefits: …

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Gossamer Gear – NightLight Sleeping Pad

Gossamer Gear is a leader in the ultralight hiking community. They specialize in ultralight backpacks, but they also sell other accessories which can save you a lot of weight. The NightLight Sleeping Pad, in the 29″ size, only costs $18 and weighs 2.4 oz. The NightLight has an egg shell-like …

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