Or – how Australian Product Developers and Swiss Laboratory Technicians are likely to put you to sleep. A sleeping pad or sleeping mat has two primary functions: to provide a comfortable layer for you to sleep on, and to insulate you from the ground. In summer, the differential between your temperature and the ground temperature … Continue reading R-Value
There’s a lot more to choosing the right campsite – and using that site correctly – than meets the eye. We’re going to make a couple of assumptions here: You are looking for a campsite because you are on an overnight backpacking trip. The criteria for car camping (and other forms of non-wilderness campsite use) … Continue reading How to choose & use a good backcountry campsite
Yes, Sea to Summit truly does test its sleeping bags to provide a temperature rating… EN 13537 is the European Union protocol for testing sleeping bags to provide a performance rating. It has become the de facto standard in North America (even though there is no legal requirement that a sleeping bag be tested before a rating … Continue reading Are sleeping bags actually temperature tested?
Here’s a quiz for you… Which product keeps your gear dry, sorted by type and color-coded inside (and even outside) your backpack? What holds your muddy/snowy touring ski boots and prevents them distributing slush and grit all over the back of your station wagon? What squishes down into small or odd-shaped spaces in your sea … Continue reading The argument for good quality storage sacks is cut and dry
The Maroon Bells of Colorado are home to one of the world’s classic backpacking trips, the 28 mile/45 kilometer Four Pass Loop. Baz shares his thoughts from the trail… Up around twelve thousand feet, the air is getting thin – it contains only 65% of the oxygen which you would find at sea level. … Continue reading Notes from the Four Pass Loop
Here’s a thought which occurred to me a couple of times in the past week (once while I was speaking with a consumer about older gear in his possession, once while I was writing a draft of a blog post on sustainability). Here it is: good gear lasts. OK, not much of a revelation, … Continue reading Gear of the year… How about gear made for decades?
I’d hang it in the morning I’d hang it in the evening All over this land… It’s entirely possible that Pete Seeger was inspired by the thought of the uncomplicated joys and freedoms of hammock camping when he wrote his iconic lyrics. If this was the case, clearly he dreamed that he would be able … Continue reading If I had a Hammock