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How to Effectively Clean Your Backpacking Sleeping Pad

One constant in managing gear is ensuring you take care of it to lengthen its lifespan, and sleeping pads are notorious for mold and bacteria growth due to the warm air you blow into them nightly. Let’s discuss how to clean a sleeping pad on the trail and in town. Mold grows easily when contained, …

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Hammock Sleeping Pad vs Underquilts: Which is Right for You?

There are two main types of warmth options available for hammock users, the traditional sleeping pad and the underquilt. As expected there are people in each camp who think that their option is the best choice. Today I will cover sleeping pads vs underquilts for hammocks and why each has benefits and drawbacks that may …

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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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