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May. 26th, 2012

06:52 pm - Camping equipment

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Date:May 28th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Camping mats aren't weedy! The main use of a mat is to keep you insulated from the floor, not as padding.

When you lie in your sleeping bag, all the filling in the bottom is crushed and you have virtually no insulation there. You'll really notice this on cold ground as it gradually conducts the heat away from your body.

I use a 3/4 thermarest which I've had for 15 years and the only punctures have been inflicted by me, normally involving carelessness with a knife or hot object, all were fixed in the field using the supplied repair kit.

We have a Hilleberg tent, they are great but they are heavy for their size. Ours has stood up to Arctic F10 gales in Iceland without any worry at all. I wouldn't buy one for cycle touring, I'd go for something that packs up smaller and lighter but they are good tents.
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Date:May 29th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Camping mats aren't weedy!

Thanks for the endorsement - I think there was a bit of a Molesworth influence kicking in there. Thinking back to Scout camps, we normally slept fully clothed (e.g. 2 rugby shirts) to stay warm, so a mat does make sense. And I'm glad to hear that the Hilleberg tents live up to their reputation.
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