Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tents, Tarps, and Gear Bags -


Mont Bell Mesh Gear Bag, $34.

These bags work great for storing extra gas containers on long trips. Keeps the containers together, as well as separate from other gear.
-Interior zippered pocket to secure personal items
-Padded shoulder straps for comfort
-Top compression strap for load control
-Nylon webbing waist belt provides additional stability
-Size: 16" x 11.2" x 7.2"

Sea to Summit Mesh Stuff Sacks, $9-$14.

-Black mesh with 210D nylon base & drawcord sleeve in assorted colors
-Uniquely reinforced where base attaches to mesh
-Pull handle on the bottom
-Packaged in zip lock bags; 7 sizes fit on the STS curved displays

Sea to Summit eVent Dry Bag, $30.

Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award Winner.
-Unique compression idea - allows air to be pushed out to compress, but water can’t get in because of the waterproof, air permeable eVent® fabric base
-Rugged 100 D nylon body & lid
-Waterproof seams - double stitched and tape sealed
-Roll top Hypalon™ closure with lid and 4 straps evenly compresses and maintains compressed size
-Reinforced stitching on all stress points
-Pull handle on the bottom
-Super compact and very light

SeaLine Baja Dry Bag, $36.

-Reliable Protection: Dry Seal™ roll-top Closure ensures the best watertight seal possible.
-Built Tough: 19 oz. scrim-reinforced vinyl side with heavy duty 30 oz. scrim-reinforced vinyl bottom
-Proven Design: All-purpose, reliable protection for your gear.
-Made in USA

Cabela's XPG Compression Sacks, $30-$45.

-Constructed of durable ripstop nylon with sturdy nylon compression straps, these stuff sacks compress your gear for easy packing. They also ensure it stays completely dry in the wettest conditions. A manual air valve lets air escape when compressing. Exterior D-rings for convenient lashing. The dimensions listed are overall dimensions before the bag is rolled for 100% waterproof protection.

Granite Gear eVent Sil Compression Sack, $27.

-Waterproof and ultralight
-As the sack is compressed air is forced out the eVent® bottom
-See-thru Sil-Nylon fabric allows you to see what's inside.
-Keep gear organized and color coded.
-Fully finished seams
-Compress lofty items to a rock hard state without bulging
-New bloc shape makes them perfect for stacking in your pack
-New Lineloc technology is 30% lighter than webbing compression systems


Coughlan's Tube Tent $7

-This rugged 2.5 mil polyethylene shelter is fire retardant and lightweight. Shelter sets up in minutes and provides enough room for 2 people. Cord included.

A tarp does the same job, tied up to some trees or draped over your bike - just make sure you don't set up in a vulnerable spot if it starts raining or your sleeping bag might turn into a canoe.

The next two tents pack down really small and provide more than adequate shelter when you're on the road. Use your rain gear or tent vestibule to cover up bags and gear outside of the tent to save space inside.

Again, a good camping spot can make a huge difference if a freak storm rips through in the middle of the night. Choose the high-ground with good coverage, high and dry.

Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy, $200.

-Single shock-corded DAC Featherlite pole over the head and shoulders
-Large zippered entry; net door
-Large mesh panel with awning for ventilation
-Proprietary NanoShield single-wall fabric
-Season : 4
-Minimum Weight : 510 g, 1 ib 2 oz
-Average Packed Weight : 670 g, 1 lb 7 oz
-Dimensions : 234 x 76 x 51 cm, 92 x 30 x 20 in
-Area : 1.7 m2, 18.5 sq ft
-Packed Size : 10 x 19 cm, 4 x 7.5 in

Sierra Designs Stash 1, $190-

-PVC-free seam tape
-Superseal Floor
-Continuous pole sleeves
-Reflective door trim and/or guy outs
-Long floor length
-Ultralight D-door
-Grommet pole attachment
-Locking pole tips
-Capacity: 1
-Season: 3
-Trail Weight: 2 lb 7 oz / 1.11 kg
-Packed Weight: 2 lb 13 oz / 1.28 kg
-Number of doors: 1
-Number of poles: 3


Some other accessories you might want to consider taking with you on trips:

SilNet Seam Sealer $7

-Specially formulated for sealing seams on tents and other outdoor products constructed or coated with silicone, such as silicone treated nylon. Silnet may also be used as an in-field repair material for moderate rips, tears and areas of abrasion. Available in 1.5 oz. Blister Pack.
-Use this before or after trips and you should be fine out on the road without it

Aluminum Stakes $8(six pack)

-Replacement 18 cm (7 in) aluminum tent stakes for any tent/tarp set-up
-Small and lightweight, can fit a few of them in your tool pouch if needed

If you think that you can get away without staking or tying your shelter down, you're dead wrong. I've had my tent and rain fly go flying during big storms, even when they were staked down well. The more secure, the better.

Tear-Aid Patch Kits, $8.

-Repair tears in your pack, tent or waders with an easy-to-use peel-and-stick patch. The patch forms a watertight seal in seconds and resists extreme use for years.
Each kit includes:
-3" x 12" Tear-Aid Patch (cuts with scissors to any size)
-7/8" x 7/8" patch
-1-3/8" x 1-3/8" patch
-36" reinforcement filament for repairing tears at edges
-Alcohol prep pads 

Even with rip-stop nylons, a patch kit is great to have when a hole needs to get sealed up on the road.

The Type A kit is used to repair non-vinyl materials:
-Most fabrics
-Most plastics
-Stainless steel
-Non-oiled leather

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