Zpacks Duplex Tent Review

The Zpacks Duplex is an ultralight two person shelter. They are made to order and are manufactured by Zpacks in USA. I guess you could say it is a tarp tent with a bathtub floor attached via a lightweight mosquito net. I purchased mine back in November 2016. My Duplex weighs 595 grams without stakes …

DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator

The DeLorme inReach satellite communicator sends and receives messages anywhere in the world. You can trigger an SOS in case of an emergency and communicate back and forth with a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. It weighs 195 g and has 100 hours of battery life. I purchased my unit in September 2017. I paid …

As Tucas Foratata Down Quilt first impressions

I just received my new As Tucas Foratata down quilt today. Here's my first impressions and a little supporting information. In a couple of months I will be hiking the Kungsleden Trail (The King's Trail) from Abisko to Nikkaluokta up in northern Arctic Sweden. Earlier this year I sold most of my sleeping bags and a …

A big thumbs up to Cumulus – manufacturer of down sleeping bags and outdoor accessories

Fantastic customer service & great warranty program! Back in June this year I published an article on my ultra lightweight sleeping system. I wrote "I have noticed that when I pack my gear in the mornings that there are some small amounts of goose down from the quilt in my shelter. I’ve only noticed this after …

Ultra lightweight sleeping system test

Last weekend I used a: Cumulus Quilt 250 with a control weight of 484g Therm-A-Rest Neoair XLite Small sleeping pad including standard storage bag with a control weight of 211g VAUDE Evazote sleeping mat 8mm with a control weight of 110g. It also doubles as a seat pad. (see photo below) Total control weight = 805g The Cumulus …

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