Camping kit

We hope to camp as often as possible, mainly to save costs but to also to broaden the number of places we can stay. As a result we gone for fairly high end camping kit.

Russell

Tent, Hilleberg Nallo GT2. Weighting only 2.7kg, this solid 2 man tent large porch tent, is ideal for long trips.
Exped Synmat inflatable air mattress and pillow.
I use a fairly lightweight Karimor sleeping bag chosen on it’s size and weight and use a silk inner liner when its cold.
Primus omni-feul stove and Trangia 27-6 cooking set.

Adrian

Tent, Hilleberg Nammatj.  I bought this second hand off UKGSER.  I wasn’t too fussed about which tent to take until I did some research into this.  The right tent is vital and can be the difference between a crap night dealing with the elements or a comfortable lie-in whilst the elements are kept at bay.  Hilleberg are expensive tents, and when the opportunity came up to buy one second hand, I couldn’t let it go.
Other contenders: MSR Hubba Hubba, Vaude,

Sleeping Mat: I originally had an Airic self-inflating mat, which is very similar to a thermarest, just a lot cheaper.  This mat, at the time, was very suitable.  However, since discovering the Exped Synmat, my opinion of sleeping mats have changed considerably.  The Exped packs small, is lighter and offers a lot more comfort as you can fill it with a lot more air.  You can get more extreme versions by Exped for colder conditions.  But for me this matt is perfect.
Other contenders: none.

Pillow: I NEED a good pillow.  At present Exped is leading the pack, although this still needs to be fully tested.  If it is unsuitable, I will be forced to take a heavily chopped down orthopedic pillow.

Sleeping bag:  This is a tricky one.  The conditions we are going to face are going to be very different.  80% of the time its going to be hot, but there will be colder spells (Atlas in Morocco and the deserts of Southern Africa).  An all-rounder is key.  I already have a number of synthetic sleeping backs of varying warmth levels I could choose from, however they are either too light, therefore unsuitable, or a bit heavy (over 1.6kg).  I have decided to go with a down back and have bought the Cumulus Ultralight 200, which weighs 620g and packs down very small.
Other contender: Vaude Featherlight 200.

Silk liner:  This is very handy.  You can use to sleep in on very warm nights, ignoring your sleeping bag, or included in your bag for that extra layer of warmth.  I had one made in India for next to nothing on previous travels, so this will be tagging along.  They can be bought at any high street travel shop from between £30 and £60.

 

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