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post #391 of 412

I've always been an iodine and/or boil guy, but it's time to join the modern age.

 

lefty

post #392 of 412
I have a Katadyn filter that I use when I go backpacking. It works fine, is easy to disassemble and clean, and doesn't weigh a lot. So far I have no complaints.
post #393 of 412
I use a filter, mostly because my wife really doesn't like the taste from tablets.

I've got this guy, and it's never given me problems. I'd be sure to pack some backup tablets, though.

http://www.rei.com/product/830746/katadyn-hiker-water-filter
post #394 of 412

Thanks. Will probably pick one up along with a steripen.

 

lefty

post #395 of 412

Who uses a backpacking hammock? Pros/cons? I never really sleep well on a pad and am thinking of upping my game. 

 

lefty

post #396 of 412
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Who uses a backpacking hammock? Pros/cons? I never really sleep well on a pad and am thinking of upping my game. 

lefty

I've used them before but even on mild nights they can get very cold. Also I have found I am too tall (6'4") to really be comfortable in one.
post #397 of 412

I guess the cold is dealt with by a down underquilt suspended below the hammock. Or even a closed cell pad slipped between the two layers of the hammock. 

 

 

Or a down dress.

 

 

Maybe I'll see if REI rents them before I commit. Like the idea of a light quick setup over any type of terrain.

 

lefty

post #398 of 412
I'm tempted to try one, mostly because I have a terrible back and have never found a sleeping pad that didn't leave me in excruciating pain for half the night.
post #399 of 412
So I never in my life had a decent nights sleep in the outdoors, until I tried:

https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Pad/qcore

I tried all manner of sleeping pads before this one and they can't touch it. I am pretty extreme when it comes to cutting weight from my pack, but this pad is so completely worth the extra weight vs. Exped, NeoAir etc. You might try one before going the hammock route. They can found cheap on eBay last I checked.
post #400 of 412
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So I never in my life had a decent nights sleep in the outdoors, until I tried:

https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Pad/qcore

I tried all manner of sleeping pads before this one and they can't touch it. I am pretty extreme when it comes to cutting weight from my pack, but this pad is so completely worth the extra weight vs. Exped, NeoAir etc. You might try one before going the hammock route. They can found cheap on eBay last I checked.

Interesting... Definitely might be worth a try.
post #401 of 412
I found this guy pretty comfy after picking up at an REI garage sale:
http://www.rei.com/product/845301/rei-incamp-insulated-air-sleeping-pad
Thought I wouldn't like it vs one that is air+foam, but it worked well.
Not marketed as being a backpacking or ultralight pad, but it packs down pretty small and really doesn't weigh much. The built in pump works well enough (although if you want to attack it with strong lungs, you will be done faster).

But if you have already tried a bunch...maybe it is time to give the hammock a shot.
post #402 of 412
Going to Vermont for an AHS volunteer vacation the first week of August. Just ordered some new hiking pants from Cabela's.
post #403 of 412
Going to Peru in September, going to do the 5 day salkantay trail to Machu Picchu:
Starting Altitude - 2900m / 9515ft.
Highest Altitude - 4650m /15,200ft
Walking Distance - 60.5 km / 37.5 miles.
I'm going to wear my issued military boots, which are heavy but otherwise pretty durable. I am borrowing my friend's kelty red cloud 6650 which I am sure has plenty of room, and comes with a camel back. Other than that, I don't have any gear. I am going by myself, so I think I am going to use a tour operator that sets you up with an english speaking guide and a group of around 8-16 people. Every company that I've seen includes tents, first aid kits, and all the cooking equipment/food. Basically, I need to bring clothes, a sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Anything I'm missing?

What is a good budget sleeping bag that is lightweight and compact?
post #404 of 412

The nights will most likely be freezing so you want something rated well under. If it's anything like my wife's guided hike to MP the guides will take very good care of you - cots and possibly stoves. I doubt you'll suffer.

 

lefty

post #405 of 412

REI outlet is having a sale. May be something there.

 

http://www.rei.com/outlet

 

lefty

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