Comfort and Lightweight are Not mutually exclusive or necessarily excessively expensive.(Wow. That was some big words.)
Back in the day we carried 50 and 60 lb. packs to have relative comfort at camp. Now you can easily carry half that weight with even more comfort.
Here are just a few little nuts that offer comfort without excessive weight gain or extremely high cost.
|Airbeam Wide in middle next to regular Exped and short NeoAir|
|Cacoon Aircore Pillow|
Both of the above work well with...
|Airbeam Sleeper in Easychair|
4. Sea To Summit 10 L Folding Bucket. 2.8 oz and a handy, sturdy utility item. $20. Washing, collecting water, dowsing fires, etc. A well designed handle on the bottom makes pouring easy. Works well under a gravity water system to catch spillage and such. No ranger is going to hassle you with this much fire retardant at the ready. Available online or at your local gear shack.
Speaking about power on the trail...
|Solar Wrap Mini|
Now, enough of this equipment. Let's get to the important thing.
|The Press Bot, field french press coffee|
Enter the Press Bot from Canyon Coffee. A french press for a Nalgene bottle. How do you get a french press into a Nalgene? That's the brilliance of it. 2.4 oz and $25 from www.canyoncoffee.us. It takes a minute of getting used to to operate but makes a mean pot of fresh java that you can take with you on the trail. Genius. The coozy helps keep cool drinks cool and warm drinks warm, which is great for not only coffee during the cold months. Hot cocoa on top of a peak anybody?
Well, there you have it.
We've got our sleeping pad w/pillow, camp chair, wash tub, camp lantern and electricity in the field taken care of and we've added under 2.5 lbs to our pack. These are all quality items that are functional and durable. We've spent about $ 250. And we are living in luxury. (I couldn't believe the difference when I changed from a foam sleeping pad to an air pad).
These are simply things I've found and like. I search for used items at thrift stores and on line. One of the Thermarest chairs I picked up for $10 and a Cacoon pillow I found on ebay for $15. Of course, you should do your own research and find deals. Try things out at your local gear shack and make sure they are going to work for you.
(Full disclosure. Not one of these manufacturers compensated me for this... damn it.)
Now go play outside.
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