• MSR Tents: Elixir 3 Overview
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    MSR Tents: Elixir 3 Overview

    Hi, I’m Dale Karacostas with Mountain Safety Research, here today to introduce you to the new MSR® Elixir™ 3 tent. The Elixir™ 3 backpacking tent from MSR offers significantly more livability features than other leading tents while being as lightweight or lighter. You can set up the tent in two different freestanding modes: standard setup with the tent body, or in Fast & Light® setup with the included footprint. We designed the tent to be extremely easy to set up. Color-coded poles, clips and webbing show you how everything fits together. Once set up, you can see how the tent offers so much livable space: the symmetrical pole geometry maximizes…

  • Quechua Conception – Tent Test
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    Quechua Conception – Tent Test

    When designing tents, Quechua always bears in mind their primary function: providing shelter from the wind, the sun and the rain We find labs where we can simulate this reality. During the rain test, first we put sensors in sensitive places, like zips or the ties between the inner chamber and the outer roof. Then we put absorbent pads inside the tent to absorb every last drop of water. Now we’re ready to test using the rain simulator with a range of 120 to 450 litres an hour per sq.m, equivalent to tropical rain. We check the tent won’t collapse under the weight of the water and that no moisture…

  • Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Bug Cover
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    Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Bug Cover

    We are taking a look at the Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Bug Shelter. This is a really easy to use bug net that works well with the Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock. We will take a look at the setup and the uses of the bug shelter. The main fabric here is no-see-um netting. This is just really a popular bug net that is both light weight, durable and doesn’t allow those pesky winged insects inside of where you are hanging out. The bottom of this is a more durable nylon. So this is part of the netting that might come into contact with the ground. So they used a little bit more…

  • How to Pack a Backpack
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    How to Pack a Backpack

    There’s a lot of different packs and a lot of different equipment on the market and every company has their own design and every backpacker has their own likes and dislikes and preferred way to do things. So this is going to be some tips and ways to pack basic backpacking gear into a backpack that’s going to make that process logical per items you need throughout the day versus items you need to have in camp, as well as a way to distribute weight in your pack that’s going to work with the packs suspension and general backpack design. So, we’ll start with the bottom of the pack here…

  • How to Pack for a Weekend Camping Trip : How to Select Food for a Camping Trip
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    How to Pack for a Weekend Camping Trip : How to Select Food for a Camping Trip

    Hi. This is John Stewart and this is how to select and pack your food for a weekend camping trip. When you decide to go on a weekend camping trip you first need to find out how many people is going with you. Is it you and another person or you and about five or six people? At that point you need to begin to ration out and plan your meals. Figure out what kind of food you are going to take. Canned food, dehydrated food, stuff like that. You going to take some fresh stuff, crackers anything like that. Figure out what you want to take, get it and…

  • MSR Tents: Papa Hubba NX Overview
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    MSR Tents: Papa Hubba NX Overview

    Hi, I’m Dale Karacostas of Mountain Safety Research, here today to show you our new Papa Hubba™ NX 4-person tent. It joins our bestselling line of Hubba™ 3-season tents. Backpackers who are traveling with a large group or want a lot of space will love the Papa Hubba’s light weight: 2.67 kg (5 lb 15 oz)—less than .7 kg (1lb 8 oz) per person. If your group consists of minimalists, you can go even lighter by setting it up in Fast & Light mode. But where the Papa Hubba NX truly excels is in livability. And here’s why: The symmetrical pole structure maximizes head and shoulder room throughout tent, so…

  • Exped SynMat 9 Sleeping Pad
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    Exped SynMat 9 Sleeping Pad

    For sprawling four season warmth and comfort, the Exped SynMat 9 is a great option for your next cold weather backpacking adventure. This is an oversized mat, so you do get about 25.6 inches of width. It is about 77.6 inch-es long. And when it is inflated it is three and a half inches thick. So you get a really big clearance from the ground. If you are a side sleeper this would be a great option, so your shoulder and your hip aren’t digging into the ground. There is a lot of technologies here that make this a premium mat, from the materials in the fabrics to the insulation,…

  • Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy
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    Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy

    For ultra light solo pursuits in the backcountry, the Backcountry Bivy by Sierra Designs provides full protection at a minimal weight and a very small pack size. Let’s take a look at all of its features. So taking a look at the materials used for the Backcountry Bivy, it is a fully waterproof, breathable bivy. The floor is 30 D nylon and the fly is a 20 D nylon. So all of them are super light, super packable, but really durable materials that provide the light weight and compact build of the Backcountry Bivy. The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy has a generous, but tapered cut. It was designed for the…

  • Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
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    Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock

    Comfortable, easy to set up, durable and lightweight, the Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest hammock is the perfect companion for any adventure, from taking in to the backyard, picnics, campgrounds, it packs up to be small enough and it is lightweight enough to take into the backcountry on camping trips or backpacking trips. The first thing I want to talk about is the material here. So this is the SingleNest hammock. It is built for one person. It is about nine feet four inches long by four feet seven inches wide. So it is great for one person to lay in. It is wide enough here that if you just have…