Posts tagged with “camping”


Mon 26 Jul

DIY Ultralight Hammock Tree Straps

I'm a big fan of hammock camping. I bought my first hammock, an ENO Singlenest, about a year ago. After realizing I got a better night's sleep in a hammock than I do on my bed at home, I was sold on the concept.

Hammocks are cool, but they're not that useful unless you can attach them to a tree, a rock, or some other anchor. Several hammock companies sell accessories variously referred to as "tree straps", "tree slings", or trade names like ENO's "Slap Strap". These are typically wide pieces of material meant to be wrapped around your anchor, with a loop so you can easily attach your hammock. They make hammock setup much simpler and quicker, and more importantly prevent damage to tree trunks. You can buy these at retail for $20-$25, but here's a simple, lightweight design that you can make on your own for less than $5.

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Wed 24 Sep

Who Killed the Kilo Plus?

I've had my eye on the REI Kilo Plus sleeping bag for some time now. It was a really fantastic looking bag, lightweight and rated to 0 degrees F. Recently it vanished off the REI website and I haven't been able to find it anywhere since. Turns out it was discontinued. Says Nick the REI Product Information Specialist:

Unfortunately, it does appear that the Kilo Plus +0 has been discontinued. We are redoing our sleeping bag line for 2009. They should start arriving in January of 2009.

He did suggest a few other bags, such as the Marmot Never Summer, which incidentally was the second on my list of desired 0 degree down bags. It would be a tough decision, whether to go for the Marmot bag or wait for the new REI bags in January, but fortunately I don't have to make up my mind since I don't have the money for either right now!

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