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How to Choose Between Sleeping Bags

Three and four-season sleeping bags come in two varieties: down insulated and synthetic insulated. Each insulation offers a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to do some research before you pick your sleeping bag. Temperatures, weather, and sleeping style are all considerations when making your choice.

Down
Down is the lightest, warmest, and most packable form of insulation. However, down loses some of its insulating properties when wet and tends to be more expensive than synthetic insulation. Shop Down Sleeping Bags
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Synthetic
Synthetic insulation can better handle wet conditions and usually has a lower price tag than down, but it's also bulkier and heavier. Take this into consideration when planning long trips. Shop Synthetic Sleeping Bags
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Creature Comforts for Camping

Camp Furniture Basics

There's nothing quite like kicking back by the fire in a comfy chair after a long day of hiking, ski touring, or mountain biking. Although a chair or a table might not seem like a necessity when you're making the check list for your next camping trip, there are plenty of people who would beg to differ. Camp furniture ranges from inflatable pads that offer backpackers a brief respite from the ground to hammocks and chairs with cupholders that allow you to live a life of relative luxury in the outdoors.

Chairs:

After a long day on the trail, you deserve a better seat than the cold, hard ground. Whether you're backpacking or car camping, there's a camp chair that suits your needs.

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Hammocks/Cots:

Try a hammock or a cot if you're tired of sleeping on the ground. Hammocks are a lightweight backpacking option, while cots offer bed-like comfort on car-camping trips.

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Tables:

When you have the extra space, a table can be an invaluable piece of camping gear. They are ideal for preparing, storing, and serving food when car camping.

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