My big 4
This is my big four, which consist of my tent, sleep system and my pack. I have used all these on the foothills trail, and the only thing I am a little iffy about is an item in my sleep system.
Tent: Nemo Hornet 2p
I love my tent, I have used it a bunch. It has kept me dry in the rain, held up threw bad wind and thunderstorms. This tent weighs about 2.5 lbs. It is a 3 season tent, has 2 vestibules, its semi free standing, the rainfly is 10-denier nylon and the floor print is 14-denier nylon. For one person it is great, all the room you need. But it is a tight squeeze for two people. I love the fact that it is a double wall tent. So if its a nice day I don’t have to put my rain fly on, and can gaze at the stars! Like any tent, there are some cons, for me one of the cons is that is is 10-Deneir nylon, which when its wet it doesn’t dry as fast as the dyneema tents. I see this absolutely going the whole way with me.
Sleeping system: Nemo Forte 20 degree synthetic bag and Sea to summit pad
My sleeping bag is also a nemo brand, its the forte 20 degree synthetic bag. It weights 3.5 pounds. I do also have a sleeping liner that I will be using to try and keep my sleeping bag clean. I’m not sure how much that weighs. This will probably make it with me until I flip back down south. Then I will switch to a lighter and less bulkier bag. That bag will a north face 40 degree bag, that I found in my closet. Not sure how much that weighs either but it feels lighter then the nemo.
My sleeping pad is a sea to summit self inflating pad. It weighs 1.11 pounds, kind of heavy, has an R value of 4.2. This is a bulky item, but I like it. With the self inflating it has like a foam pad inside it, so even if it gets a hole in it, I still have that foam and not laying on the ground. I am not sure if this is the pad I’m going to use the whole time, but I am starting with it. If I do end up switching, Ill probably switch to a nemo tensor. Haha then I’ll have a lot of nemo products.
Pack: Osprey Eja 58L
This is a great pack, since I’m not an ultra lighter, this pack works great and is very comfortable. If it is too big I can always send the brain back home. That is the very top part of the pack. Weighing in at 2.13 pounds. It isn’t water proof, but I do have a rain cover and a heavy duty pack liner. It has side pockets along the waist strap, kind of small though. I will also be carrying an REI fanny pack.
There you have it that’s my big 4! Lets hope my tent doesn’t leak and my bag wont break!
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