A good suspension system is as important as the hammock itself. What a good system entails depends on individual preferences. For me, a good system is easy to set up, reliable, and easy to adjust. Keeping these qualities in mind, I decided to go with a cinch buckle system and use Dutchware's Beetle Buckles for my buckles.
Cooking in the backcountry can be a bit of a chore after a hard day's hike. The right tools and some good meal planning can make a big difference. We bought the original Jetboil years ago for exactly that purpose. The Specs Anodized aluminum 1-liter cooking cupFull system weight - 15.25ozStove weight - 6ozDimensions 7.1... Continue Reading →
Hiking during hot days requires a bit of creative thinking and planning. Avoiding mid-day temperatures can help but what about those days when it can't be avoided? We had this very problem when we did our hike through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Our solution was the Mission Enduracool Microfiber Towel.
No one wants to get sick on a camping trip, especially from bad water. Harmful water can contain viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and particulates. Having a good filtering system that helps protect you from bad water is a key component to any camping or backpacking trip. The MSR Guardian first grabbed our attention in 2016 after... Continue Reading →
Fire has 3 basic needs; fuel, heat, and oxygen. The Pocket Bellows by Epiphany Outdoor Gear directs oxygen with pinpoint accuracy, directly to where its needed. No more blowing aimlessly until you are dizzy.
When looking for gear, the best options tend to be multi-purpose. It's easy to see why the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork would seem like a great choice for utensils. A fork, spoon, and knife all in one. However, it falls short of our standards. The Specs Made from polymer plasticWeighs 0.1 lbs"Heavily" serrated lifeSpork length is... Continue Reading →
I wasn’t looking for a new storage system when I came across Hennessy’s SnakeSkins. But after seeing them demonstrated, I wanted them. I have been using them for a full season now and am very happy with my decision to make them a part of my hammocking experience. The Specs Packed Weight: 2.3 ozPacked Size: 6″... Continue Reading →
I wanted a high quality, highly versatile tarp/rainfly to compliment my Clark NX-270 hammock. After weeks of research, I settled on the Warbonnet Superfly Rainfly and have not been disappointed. The Specs of the Superfly Ridgeline Length: 11 feetWidth: 10 feetWeight: 15 ounces"All Season" Tarp The Pros "Great for cold weather use or folks who want... Continue Reading →
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Is there a particular person that you are struggling with coming up with ideas? Fear not! If this person is an outdoor enthusiast, here are some unique and practical ideas to help them in their camping and hiking adventures. Apparel Items Bandanas - Multi-use tools that one can... Continue Reading →
To make it a bit easier to set up the Clark NX-270 hammock, we invested in a set of DEEQI Adjustable Tree Straps. These 12 foot polyester straps have 40 loops and can safely support up to 400lbs. These are fantastic straps. Easy to use and extremely easy to adjust. It takes some of the "guess work"... Continue Reading →