The Big Three

I have already decided on my big three items.  The big three are shelter, sleeping system and pack.  I am working on more specific posts about each of these categories, with the advantages and disadvantages of the various choices within each category.  However, I will provide a short discussion of my choices in each category here.

For the shelter, I have settled on carrying my tent in the beginning, switching out to a hammock midway through June and probably back to the tent mid-August.  The main reason for this is the hammock tends to sleep cooler, and provides better air flow during the hotter months of the summer and I wish to give it an extended test on a serious backpacking trip.

For the sleeping system, I used to use a down filled mummy sleeping bag, but I hated it as I am a side sleeper and a mummy bag pretty much requires you to sleep on your back. I now carry a sleeping quilt instead.  It is similar to a blanket, rather than a confined bag and will allow any sleeping position.

For the pack, I prefer an external frame pack to an internal frame pack for a few reasons.  First, I sweat a lot and find the external frame packs a lot cooler on my back than the internal frame.  Second, I find it much easier to carry the weight of the pack on my hips with the more solid external frame, than the suspension built into the internal frame packs.  Finally, I love the pockets and panel zippers of the external frame packs over the more normal one large pocket of the internal frame packs.  I know exactly where everything is and can find my gear much easier.

The Big Three

Tent:  Taprtent Double Rainbow with extra poles so that it can be setup free standing.  Weight 3 pounds, 4.5 ounces.

Hammock:  Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip.  I might use this from mid-June through mid-August.  Weight 2 pounds, 4.0 ounces.

Sleeping Pad:   Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad with Therm-a-Rest  Universal Sheet.  Weight 1 pound, 2 ounces.

Sleeping Quilt:  Enlightened Equipment Revelation.  Weight  1 pound, 2 ½ ounces.

Pack:  Jansport Carson 90 External Frame pack.  No longer available.  Weight 4 pounds, 13 ounces.


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