Backcountry Camp – Part 5

Ultralight Sleeping Pad Review

Sea to Summit Comfort Lite

In this series, Part 1 and Part 2 we talk about tents, in Part 3 and Part 4 we look at some sleeping bags, and now we will look at sleeping pads. A good ultralight sleeping pad is a vital piece to a good nights sleep in the backcountry.

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Backcountry Camp – Part 4

Lightweight Sleeping Bag Review

Big Agnes Mystic UL15

In Part 3 of the Backcountry Camp Series, we talked about what you need to know when picking out a lightweight sleeping bag. Here in Part 4, we talk about a handful of lightweight sleep systems. For this review, my intended use is September archery season here in Idaho, so you could have overnight temps in the 20s or in the 50s. September in Idaho typically is fairly dry, so a down bag is usually a great option.  With that in mind I decided to include lightweight sleeping bags in the temperature range around 15 degrees to cover those frequent cold September nights in the Idaho high country. I tested these bags/quilts into the 20s, but most of the time the temperatures hung in the 30s and 40s.

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Backcountry Camp – Part 3

Basics of Choosing a Sleep System

Sleep systems

Sleep systems. There are so many to choose from!  How do you decide between down or synthetic?  What style of sleeping bag is the right fit for you? Do you prefer a sleeping bag or a quilt? And what’s all the rage about quilts anyway?  The market is full of good quality, ultralight sleep systems. When discussing sleep systems, it’s extremely difficult to report as to whether the bag/quilt lived up to its temperature rating because everyone sleeps differently. 

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Kelty Salada Review

Lightweight Tent on a Budget

Kelty Salada

The Kelty Salada is an entry level floored tent that gives you a lot for the price point.  Weighing in at 3lbs 14oz, it’s the heaviest of the shelters I tested, but also the least expensive by a long shot.  If you don’t feel like emptying your wallet on a tent, this is a fantastic option that gives you a good amount of interior space and a freestanding design.  It is also a double wall tent, so you avoid potential condensation issues.   

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Copper Spur UL2 Review

Tried and True Comfort

Big Agnes Copper Spur

The Copper Spur is a time tested, well built tent from Big Agnes.  In this review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, you’ll see why it’s been loved by backpackers and hunters for many years, this tent is full of features and provides you with a good amount of space, both in the vestibules and interior. 

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Hilleberg Anjan 2 Review

Anjan 2: Durable and Comfortable

Hilleberg Anjan 2

So, you want an ultra-durable tent that will handle just about anything you throw at it while still being reasonably lightweight?  In this Hilleber Anjan 2 review, you’ll see why the Anjan 2 is that tent. Hilleberg is long known for building some of the best tents on the market, and this one is no exception.

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Nemo Hornet 2P Review

Ultra-Light: Innovative Design

Nemo Hornet 2P

The Nemo Hornet is a tent with a great reputation and with good reason.  It is crazy-light for a two door, two vestibule, two-person tent.  It weighs in at an impressive 2lbs 6oz trail weight (1lb 15oz “minimum weight” which I’ll discuss below).  

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Zpack Duplex

Ultra light – Ultra Durable

ZPacks Duplex

I came across the ZPacks Duplex in my search for that perfect combination of lightweight, functional, and durable.  Coming in at a paltry 19oz (without poles or stakes), this is the lightest floored tent I’ve been able to test by a long shot.  I was amazed at just how light and compact this shelter is. 

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VIAM Outdoors CC Divide Review

Backcountry Versatility

VIAM Outdoors CC Divide

The VIAM Outdoors CC Divide is a very different shelter than the others I’ve reviewed.  I wanted to test this one out because it offers so many options.   VIAM Outdoors offers the CC Divide in two different material weights, as well as with or without a floor.  The CC Divide is also designed to use a wood stove inside the shelter for those late season trips.  This is an absolute game changer!

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Lunar Duo Explorer Review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Explorer

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Explorer

The Lunar Duo boasts some impressive specs and features. With a ton of interior space, large vestibules, and a 45 inch peak height, this thing was appropriately dubbed the “Backcountry Palace” by users.  Add that it features two doors and two vestibules and you have a fantastic shelter. 

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