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Camping equipment - John C. Kirk

May. 26th, 2012

06:52 pm - Camping equipment

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From:elvum
Date:May 26th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
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A pillow-case that you stuff with clothes (clean or dirty) is something that I've often found handy while camping, fwiw. I've never used an electrical hook-up. I don't see any reason why you couldn't get a substantially smaller and lighter one than the model you link to, but given how wet tents can get from rain, condensation etc, I think I'd be concerned about accidental electrocution...
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From:elvum
Date:May 26th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and bear in mind that the thermarest doesn't need to go under your head if you're using something as a pillow - you might want to give it a try indoors with your existing mat and see if it works for you. I actually use a 3/4-length thermarest that only extends from my shoulders to my knees (to save weight), but I can quite understand how that approach might not suit everyone. :-)
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From:Rob Jordan
Date:May 27th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)

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I'd agree - it's not critical that the Thermarest reaches from head-to-toe. I used a 3/4 Thermarest for a long time and was happy with it. I now mostly use a deeper mat (Stormlite, nothing special), which inflates to about 1 inch thick and it's quite luxurious but too big to easily cycle camp. Caroline has a new super-duper mat that I hope she'll tell you about.
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 29th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)

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Thanks for the tip, and I'd be interested to hear about Caroline's mat.
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From:johnckirk
Date:May 29th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks, that's useful. My only concern is that if I open the packaging on my current mat, it may be harder to return it. A few people have mentioned "3/4 length" - do you know how long that is in cm?
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From:elvum
Date:May 29th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I won't be in a position to take a tape measure to mine for another week, but I think it's about 120cm long.
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