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Single skin or hybrid tents. Are they worse for condensation? After a few nights camping with the kids. Me with a 3FUL hybrid tent, and the kids with double layered Vango NYX 200's or Soul 200's (which are the same thing), I've come to some conclusions regarding the suitability of single skin / hybrid tents 'v' double layered tents. But for those unsure of the terminology, A brief explanation. Single skin / single walled tents do not have an inner tent. Think of them like a normal tent but without an inner sleeping compartment. In its most basic form, think of...

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Backpacking Stoves -

Backpacking gasifier twig stoves have a bit of a reputation. Some folks love 'em, some don't. And the rest are wondering if these things are worth the swap from gas. Though they do have some obvious benefits for the backpacker. Video included at the end of this article. Before going through what I've discovered from personal use of the Toaks STV12 twig stove, I'll cover some of the pros & cons. Pros. Lightweight Small pack size Free fuel Can be used with gel burners, spirit burners and solid fuel tablets if required Just feels more natural when in the great outdoors...

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Tents -

We look at how modern tent designs have blurred the line between inner and outer pitch first tents, and how an 'inner pitch first' isn't such a drawback as used to be the case. Some inner pitch first tents can be outer pitch first.

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Backpacking Stoves -

Gasifier Wood Stoves For Camping. What Are They & How Do They Work? Gasifier wood stoves are becoming more popular, especially in temperate climates where there is no shortage of fuel (wood) to use. There are a few reasons for this, especially for the backpacker, fisherman, or cycle tourer. No need to carry fuel such as gas canisters, spirit fuels, and solid fuel tablets. Lighter weight because of the above. Reduced volume of kit. Availability of freely available fuel. What is a gasifier stove? A typical gasifier stove is constructed with an inner drum and an outer drum, with air...

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Hammocks -

Hammock Insulation - What Are The Best Options? If you've ever hammocked or have started looking into hammocking, you would have come across the Achilles heel of hammocks. And that's cold butt syndrome. So what is cold butt syndrome and how do I avoid it? When lying in a hammock you have air all around you. The air tends to get cold at night, and where your body is in contact with the hammock it really feels the cold. It's the same situation for those campers that sleep on an air bed. What's the best way to avoid it, and to...

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