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Tent Weight: What Is A Good Weight For Thru-Hiking Use?

Your shelter on a thru-hike needs to be as lightweight as possible while providing you quality protection for all weather you can encounter. When getting your gear for a thru-hike you need to look at what is a good backpacking tent weight. You want your tent to be under two pounds if possible, though a …

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Tenting Skills: How To Anchor A Shelter In The Desert Sand

While setting up camp in loose sand is a relatively limited skill in general across thru-hiking trails, there is plenty of care to do this right for the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail at a minimum, so let’s discuss how to anchor a tent in the sand and ensure a good nights …

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Condensation: Simple Ways to Prevent Tent Moisture Build-Up

Many new long-distance hikers may have never heard of nor experienced heavy condensation in their tents before their first trip. For many of us, this wasn’t a thing when we car camp or used our tents at a campground. When you begin thru-hiking, though, you start to stay and camp in a wide variety of …

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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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The Great Tent Debate: Free Vs Semi Vs Non-Freestanding

You’ve decided to go on an epic journey. You’re going to hike for miles through rugged terrain, and you need a tent that can withstand Mother Nature at her worst. Do you go for a freestanding or semi-freestanding tent, or maybe a trekking pole tent? This may seem like an insignificant choice, but it makes …

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Tent Stakes: Why Most High-Quality Tents Avoid Stakes

If you’ve been shopping for a higher-end thru-hiking tent, then the chances are good that it may come with either no stakes or a set of generic stakes. While this may seem like a big deal at first glance, the stakes you need may vary significantly with the terrain, so do tents come with stakes? …

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Tent Vestibules: Gear Storage With Living Area on Trail

When you are looking at a tent for a thru-hike you need to have some additional criteria you may normally not normally put much weight in, one of these is that the tent has a vestibule. What makes the extra storage space valuable to a thru-hiker you may wonder, let’s dig in and take a …

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Lanshan 2 vs Lanshan 2 Pro: Which Should You Choose?

Finding the right Lanshan 2 can be a challenge. Lanshan 2 is the most popular ultralight tent from 3F UL gear, but their Lanshan Pro series has some solid advantages that make it worth considering. The two Lanshan are very similar, but there are some key differences to remember when deciding. For example, Lanshan 2 …

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