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R-Value 101: Why Sleeping Pad Insulation Value is Important

When you are sleeping outdoors, on the cold ground, the most important factor to consider is your sleeping pad’s R-Value. This is the measure of the pad’s ability to resist(r) heat flow, hence R-Value, which basically determines how well your sleeping pad will insulate you from heat transfer to cold ground. If you don’t have …

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Hiking Gaiters: Their Purpose on Trail for a Thru-Hiker

Gaiters are an important piece of gear for hikers and trekkers. Many people aren’t sure what they are or what their purpose is on the trail, so we’re here to clear that up! Gaiters are fabric sleeves that go over your shoe and lower leg, usually made out of waterproof materials. They protect your feet …

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Hiking in Zero-Drop Shoes: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a hiking shoe that gives your foot more of a natural feel, you might want to consider zero drop running shoes. Many hikers have been converting from boots over to zero-drop trail runners! A zero-drop trail shoe has no difference in height between the heel and toe, this allows your foot …

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Thru-Hiking: Learning Gear and Not Breaking the Bank

How much does hiking gear cost for a thru-hike? This is a question that many people ask before they take up a long-distance hike. The answer, of course, depends on your available budget and how well you can plan and limit duplicate purchases. It’s important to remember that you don’t need the most expensive gear, …

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UGQ Bandit vs EE Revelation: Customizing for Thru-Hikes

There are many cottage companies that make quilts that are suited for a long-distance thru-hike, today I wanted to help you compare Enlightened Equipment and their Revelation Quilt against the very popular UGQ Bandit to help you make the best decision for your trek. The main difference is customization options to make the best quilt …

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Camp Shoe 101: Basics to Efficient Foot Care on the Trail

After a long day on the trail, what’s the first thing you do? If you’re like most hikers, you take your shoes and socks off as soon as possible! This is an important step in taking care of your feet while camping. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of camp shoe care: what …

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Thru-Hike Tent Materials: Silpoly vs Silnylon vs DCF

There are many materials that can be used to make a tent. In this blog post, we will discuss three of the most popular materials: Silpoly, Silnylon, and DCF. Each material has its own unique set of pros and cons, so it is important to understand what each one offers before making a decision about …

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