Comprehensive sleeping pad guide for the practical hiker

A good sleeping pad is an essential part of your backpacking sleeping kit.

Sleeping bags don’t save you from the uneven bumpy floor your tent sits on.  You must have a sleeping pad, the quilt veterans can vouch for that. A sleeping pad not only provides comfort while sleeping on the ground it also provides the insulation you lose when you compress the back portion of our sleeping bag. Otherwise, the cold ground would suck out the heat you produce and you will have a hard time getting warm even with the most expensive sleeping bag. This article will help you decide which sleeping pad is right for you according to the environment you are going to be using it the most in!

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Best sleeping pads for the practical hiker

Finding the best sleeping pad for you can be a challenge, dont’t worry I’ve got you covered! A reliable sleeping pad is an essential part of every backpacker’s sleeping equipment. It provides the missing insulation between you and the ground because we compress the back part of our sleeping bags and they lose most of their insulating properties.

This is where the sleeping pad comes in. It doesn’t only provide insulation but comfort as well. While a good night’s sleep was an unrealized dream for backpackers for many years this isn’t the case in modern times.  With new technology and smart design, sleeping pads have become lighter, more compact and more comfortable. You deserve a comfortable sleep after a full day of hiking. Here I’ve compiled a list of the best reliable backpacking sleeping pads for a reasonable price.

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The best reliable hiking daypacks for 2018/2019


Psst, come closer, I’ll tell you about a few good hiking daypacks!

Well, more than a few but I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for in this article.

Not all daypacks are worth your time and money! Next to a good pair of hiking boots, a backpack is just as important so choose wisely. I’m here to help you make the right choice. 

Depending on how long the day trip may be, say 2 to 10 hours you may want to consider picking a 15 liter or a 30+ liter daypack. A 20 to 25-liter backpack maybe all you need year round. Some of these if not all can also double as your everyday backpack whether you’re going to school or work with it.

If you want to learn what makes a good backpack and how to properly fit them to your body check out this article.

Let’s jump right in!

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Best reliable multi-day backpacks under 200$

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Today we’re looking for your reliable multi-day hiking backpack under 200$. I really wanted to review the 300 to 400$ range cuz that is where you get everything! But what if you had half that and still wanted a good reliable hiking backpack? Can we do it? Well, you’re about to find out. In this list, we will be looking over comfort, fit adjustment, breathability and build quality based on numerous reports, not just one sample! Don’t expect them to be feature rich at this price range, just functional. I’ll tell you a secret tho, shhht, come closer … (looks around to make sure there’s no one else around)

There are a few feature-rich bargains in here!  

If you want to get a better understanding of what makes a good backpack and how to properly fit it – check out my backpack guide here.

I  won’t beat around the bush any longer, let’s see what I’ve got for you!

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Top 8 affordable backpacking tents for practical hikers

8 affordable backpacking tents for practical hikers

Here we will look at some great affordable backpacking tents to suit your needs. 

See what I did with the headline  “… for practical hikers“, ah well I promise this is the last bad pun here!

I warn you, this article is full of specs and geeking out on how they managed to fit those features in these affordable backpacking tents.  Buying an expensive tent is easy. Finding great affordable backpacking tents that balance weight, reliability, and features is a whole different ball game. Finding such bargains is what this article is all about!

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Top 7 reliable and affordable hiking boots under 150$

Top 7 affordable hiking boots under 150$
Affordable hiking boots can be all you need and you should consider them if you don’t want to spend that much on new hiking footwear. You would be surprised at how much hiking boot you can get for a not that much money. A good hiking boot is one of the 3 things you don’t want to skimp on, the other two being a good tent and a warm sleeping bag.

Your feet are your most important asset out on the trail. You want them to be comfortable, well supported and protected. I’ve gone into more detail on how to fit a hiking boot and what to look for when you are looking to buy your first pair in this article.

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Top 8 value for money sleeping bags

Today we are going to look at 8 of the best value for money sleeping bags for backpackers.

It’s easy to slap a wad of cash on the counter and ask for the most expensive and lightest sleeping bag available. But do you really need to spend all that money when there are more affordable sleeping bags? Granted you lose some of the features and gain a bit of weight.  A $$ worth sleeping bag is not 2 times tougher or lighter than a $ sleeping bag.

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Sleeping bags, how to choose the right one for hiking!

Hiking sleeping bag guide

Making the right choice from a plethora of sleeping bags for your backpacking trip is vitally important. If you’ve ever been curled up shivering in a fetal position waiting for the warming sun to come up, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t – good, let’s read on to keep it that way!

The sleeping bag has to keep you warm, but not sweating. Comfortable, but not too heavy. After all, that is one of the four most heavy items you will bring on your trip. Should it be a synthetic or a down sleeping bag? Does it have to be waterproof or not? All the answers to questions you didn’t know you had are here!

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Backpacking tents: how to choose the best one on a budget!

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A backpacking tent is arguably the most important piece of gear you don’t want to skimp on. I will show you what to look for while choosing your NOT final
resting place after an enjoyable day of hiking in nature without breaking the bank.

Ok, now that we’ve got the bad pun out of the way, let’s begin! A backpacking tent should be light, waterproof, well ventilated and able to withstand a storm. Sounds simple enough right, lets continue!

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Hiking boots, how to choose your first reliable pair!

Comprehensive guide to hiking footwear

Hiking boots, hiking shoes, trail runners

Choosing your first pair of hiking boots can be quite a challenge, but don’t worry! You are in the right place! Here you will find all the information you need to make the right choice. We will look at what makes a hiking boot special. What features to look for and in what situations you might preffer one type of hiking boot over another.

Actually, after you’ve read this article “foot fetish” would come to mind – I’m joking of course!

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