10/25/2013

We build tarps because they are one of the most useful pieces of outdoor gear one can bring along.

 

In early September the Exped/Seattle crew was part of a great group of people riding bikes and raising money to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. 

A bit of sun, some rain, a little wind, cool temps, and bright colors. It's fall!

R-value: putting a number on warmth

 

When buying a sleeping mat, most people shop around a bit and compare the different brands and models available. Important points such as price, quality, comfort, ease of use, reliability, compressibility and warmth all enter into the equation. But it's that last one, warmth, that's a bit sticky. With all the other parameters it's pretty straightforward to compare mats. Price and quality go together and info about comfort, ease of use, reliability, and compressibility can all be culled from online reviews,  in-store poking and prodding, and manufacturer websites. But this warmth rating, R-value, isn't as easy to accurately verify across brands and deserves an explanation, so we thought we'd clarify a few points.

 

Scout Hammock Combi is a complete shelter - hammock, mosquito net, tarp, and suspension kit. Ready to go. 

A mountain pack needs to be versatile and the Mountain Lite 20 works for many activities.

 

We were out in the hills recently and the Lightning 60 came along as a load hauler. Comfortable all the way up and back. 

 

 

10/24/2013

The crunch of leaves under the tires was too much to resist. 

Mountains seem pretty patient when it comes to the change-over to the winter season. Unlike some people we know...

 

 

Light in weight and price: the DownMat Lite offers great performance at an affordable price. Filled with down insulation, comfortable to lie on and compact to stow. It has been awarded the Editor’s Choice by the British Mountain Pro Magazin.

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