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To the uninitiated, the choice of sleeping bags from an outdoor store can be somewhat bewildering.  There's season ratings, comfort ratings, extreme ratings, single ones, double ones, square ones (which are actually rectangular), mummy shaped ones, pod-shaped ones, and that's before we get into down or synthetic filled ones and the fill power of down bags. And then there's the question of fabrics and whether or not to use a sleeping bag liner. There's also the sleeping quilt to consider as well, as an alternative to a sleeping bag. It's a potential minefield to the backpacker or camper. In this article, I'll...

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Hammocks, Insulation, Sleeping -

In my first hammock insulation post, I talked about the different ways that you can keep warm in a hammock at night. This time I'll run through some of the pros and cons of each setup. You might be thinking that you have a sleeping bag already, and it's good enough to use in a tent. So why do you need to consider anything different for hammock camping? The reason is simple. Cold butt syndrome. Because the insulation on the underside of a sleeping bag is compressed, it provides very little warmth. We get around this in a tent by using sleeping...

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I've already eluded to this in my previous post. Why Hammock? About why. I feel that now would be a good time to consider the pros & cons of different camping sleeping systems and which is best. Air Mattress. Many people don't like these because they think that they'll deflate overnight. However, it has to be said the quality of these have improved dramatically. Some have air chambers to support you better. Some are twin sided so that if you move in the night, it'll have less effect on your companion next to you. Some come with inbuilt electric or manual...

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