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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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Sleeping Bag Liners: What Are They, How to Use & Warmth

A sleeping bag or backpacking quilt is used to keep you warm when out on the trail and this can have two impacts on a long-distance thru-hike. The gear will get dirtier and dirtier over the days of grime along with starting to perform worse than rated for heat due to this build-up, so what …

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Sleeping Quilts (Sewn vs Zippered Footbox for Comfort)

There are many options to choose from when purchasing a backpacking quilt. They range in price, weight, warmth, and features. One of the most important decisions you will make in your backpacking quilt is choosing between a sewn foot box or a zipper foot box for your comfort level. This blog post will discuss the …

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Why You Need to Choose a Backpacking Quilt for the Trail

When you are looking to gear up properly for a long-distance thru-hike you want to maximize performance to the weight of the gear to provide the maximum benefits, so what is a backpacking quilt? A backpacking quilt is similar to a sleeping bag but instead of having a hood and long zipper to close up …

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