The Exped Venus II extremely proved its value up in Lapland! On the one hand regarding setup and comfort and on the other stability in the, at times, tremendous winds it had to withstand!

The winds were calm during most of the day. I arrived at a deserted beach, surrounded by high mountains which gave it the perfect touch. The ideal spot for setup on a windless day. It started to snow and in the beginning all was nice and calm.

But that changed rapidly and phenomenally. I was suddenly in the midst of a storm! Here I was, exposed between the open sea and land. Disaster!

No one has experienced more in an Exped Ergo Hammock Combi than Lukas who just completed the 4286 km long Pacific Coast Trail, that follows the length of the USA from the southern border of Canada down to Mexico. Lukas did it the hard way from North to South. Lukas was a driving force behind the development of the Ergo Hammock. He spent 5 years working on prototypes he tested mainly on hikes here in Switzerland. On his PCT hike he used a custom made ultralight version with smaller tarp, lighter fabrics, shorter zippers etc.

Here an extract from his journal:

“Klettern” magazine tested down filled sleeping bag for its latest issue. Our Ultralite 500 was one of the candidates.

hikinggear.de tests the Exped DownMat 7:

Exped DownMat 7 – the down filled mat for the cold seasons

Outings in the cold seasons have their appeal but also come with challenges to your gear. What works perfectly on a warm summer night hits its limits in winter. Standard airpads are no equal to this insulated airmat ideal for winter use.

We don’t know if an American super computer or a star in the whale constellation had anything to do with the name of the tent. What we do know is that the Swiss inventors at Exped put a lot of thought into the design of the Mira II. Weighing only 2.07 kg (including accessories and repair kit) it offers floor space of 2.15 x 1.25 meters which is enough for 2 adults and thanks to a ridge pole in the canopy sitting height in most parts of the tent. During the 4 week testing period it withstood heavy rainstorms and the zippers survived the constant contact with sand effortlessly.

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“A tent is a temporary shelter that is easily disassembled and transported. To improve internal climate and reduce condensation some tents feature a canopy covered by rainfly design.” This a brief Wikipedia definition of a tent. A tent is not a house with a combination of insulating and venting layers that regulate humidity on the inside.

Condensation in a tent can result for various reasons.

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