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Gear for Sleeping Outdoors – Gear Tasting Radio 55

By The ITS Crew

Whether you’re just camping or preparing for a survival situation, there are a large number of factors to consider when sleeping outdoors. This week on Gear Tasting Radio, we discuss selecting gear like tents, hammocks and sleeping bags that ensure you’ll stay warm and comfortable.

We also covered several types of ground pads, which can be an invaluable insulating asset and help cushion you from nature’s floor.

Episode 55 – Gear for Sleeping Outdoors

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  • Jay

    For the hammocks, you’re looking for an under-quilt to help stay warm. It’s essentially a contoured blanket that hangs closely below the hammock, this allows it to retain its loft and insulating properties as opposed to a blanket held between you and a hammock that would consequently be compacted. this can also be used with a traditional sleeping bag, or if you’re looking to save weight, a dedicated top-quilt.
    One of the big things with hammocks are their modularity. warm and dry, just a hammock. If you expect rain, throw up the rainfly/tarp. plan on it being colder, add the different layers of insulation when planning your trip. Same thing can go for the bug nets and other accessories.
    In terms of your stuff, you can use a ridgeline and hang small items from it, however you wouldn’t be hanging anything real heavy off of the ridgeline above you, but it can make a nice place to store your small items such as phones etc.

    Bonus tip for ground sleeping – when using a 3/4 style pad, put your pack (depending its style) under the calf portion of your legs. It will provide a degree of insulation while allowing you to carry the lighter weight 3/4 style pad.

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