Never Underestimate the Power of Some Good Backcountry Sleep

Never Underestimate the Power of Some Good Backcountry Sleep

I’ve been able to sleep most any where, and occasionally that’s even included a nap on a sunny log. Still, there is something nice about settling into an air mattress in a tent after a long day backpacking into some remote lake. While I could probably find a way to sleep on a pile of clothes, a good sleeping pad can make a heckuva difference. I first went backpacking without a pad and just a bivy sack. That wasn’t particularly great. Later I went with a Therm-a-Rest long and wide self-inflating pad. That was much better. But then I discovered inflatable air pads and there’s no going back. Inflatable air sleeping pads are usually around 2.5 or 3 inches thick and they only weigh about a pound. At first, you’re in constant fear that they’ll puncture, but then you come to realize they’re pretty tough. Haven’t had to use a repair kit yet — yet. In any event, getting an ultralight sleeping pad is a great way to not only reduce the weight in your backpack, it’s a great way to get a good night’s rest while backpacking or car...
Shelter for Two at Less Than Two Pounds?

Shelter for Two at Less Than Two Pounds?

You don’t have to invest in a super ultralight tent to have great time backpacking, but backpacking is undeniably more fun when your pack weighs a bit less. You can hike farther, climb higher, and see more. The tent might not be the most cost-efficient way to trim weight — look to your sleeping bag and sleeping pad first — but there’s something amazing about a tent that will keep you dry in an all-day rain and end up weighing less than two pounds. The best backpacking tents are freestanding tents with two doors and a full-coverage rain fly. To learn why, check out the 10 Best Backpacking Tents 2017 at Man Makes...
Who Knew There Were So Many Great Fly Fishing Sling Packs?

Who Knew There Were So Many Great Fly Fishing Sling Packs?

I’ll admit it, I first thought sling packs for fly fishing were just a fad for the cool kids. And then I tried one. What’s great about the sling pack is that it’s designed to ride over one shoulder, out of the way, behind you. When you need it, all you have to do is rotate it around to your front and you’ll have access to all your gear, just like you would with a very large chest pack. The sling pack is great for fly fishing. Check ’em out at Man Makes...
Invest in a Good Camping Tent and Change Your Life

Invest in a Good Camping Tent and Change Your Life

The thing about camping is that I’ve never met a kid that didn’t enjoy getting outside in the woods, didn’t enjoy sleeping in a sleeping bag and staying outside in a tent. If you haven’t already, find yourself a good camping tent and go camping. There is something about fresh air, about trees and wide open plains and seeing the stars in a night sky. If you have family or friends, get a bigger tent. Just look for a freestanding design with rainfly that provides a lot of coverage and you’ll be fine. Find your own best camping tent at Man Makes...
How to Find the Best Down Jacket for You

How to Find the Best Down Jacket for You

If you haven’t discovered the pure bliss of an ultralight and ultrawarm down jacket yet, you need to. At least if you ever get cold or hang outside in cold weather. The thing is, many down jackets weigh less than a pound. They are incredibly light. Start with a versatile lightweight down jacket — you’ll likely get the most use out of it as you tool around town. Works great when a coat is too warm to be outside and in and back outside again. Plus, you can layer down jacket under a rain jacket or shell and turn it into a system that’s great for skiing or backpacking. Read more about down jackets at Man Makes...