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13.12.2018

Camping equipment for hikers

Hikers who are equipped with a tent can save a lot of money otherwise spent for rooms at hotels or guesthouses on their walks. In many European countries (especially in France and Great Britain) there are a lot of campsites along the long-distance paths.

 

Lightweight tents

The 2-berth tent has got a weight of 3.7 kg. This is less than 2 kg per person when it is shared out among two hikers.

Not least owing to their spaciousness, dome tents and tunnel tents have been the most popular choice in recent years although they are not exactly as stormproof as a ridge tent.

It is really practical when a tent can be pitched up without using pegs.

 

Mattresses

A simple and light foam mattress is sufficient in any case.

Everyone who wishes to bed a bit more comfortably and is prepared to carry a few hundred grams more should choose a self-inflating mattress.

 

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are filled either with downs or with synthetic fibres. Down-filled sleeping bags are lighter and have a smaller pack size than the synthetic ones.

The big advantage of a synthetic sleeping bag becomes obvious as soon as the weather conditions are damp or even wet. Synthetic fibres stay warm even when they have become damp, and they get dry considerably quicker than down-filled sleeping bags.

Sleeping bags are usually provided with a temperature rating. In most European temperate areas - apart from deep winter - a sleeping bag with a stated minimum temperature of -7°C will be a good choice and suitable for almost every occasion throughout the year.

 

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