Sunday, December 9th, 2012
If you’re all about comfort and hassle-free camping then you need to check out this instant tent and sleeping bag suit! I was going to be leaving on my 7 month long journey, from Delaware to California, soon so I wanted to start testing out my gear and show you all what I would be taking with me, but I had to cancel the trip due to financial reasons.
But when I was planning this trip, I didn’t want the hassle of setting up a tent every single night and then having the same hassle of taking it down in the morning. I mean, some days I woudl have been traveling 40 to 60 miles on foot, and I don’t think I’d be in the mood to waste any time getting some sleep. So, I started looking into instant (pop up) tents and came across a company called Quechua. They really seem to make the best instant tents out there, but the problem is that they’re not really sold in the United States.
But if you have a little time on your hands, and want to check on eBay, you can have one sent to you from overseas. Now, I got the Quechua 2 Seconds + II Tent, to give me a little extra room inside, but not be too big that I couldn’t strap it to my backpack. And I will admit that it’s a lot bigger than most hikers will want their tent to be, when it’s inside its carrying case, but it’s not too large that you can’t strap it to a good external frame backpack. And you can have it up, staked into the ground and be inside it in less than 3 minutes, which is exactly why I got it! And it breaks down just about as quickly.
I also got to thinking about how I hate waking up on a cold morning and having to crawl out of my toasty warm sleeping bag. So, I started searching for some alternatives and came across a company called Musuc, who made an actual sleeping bag suit. It has arms, legs, a hood and plenty of insulation. So, you don’t have to worry about leaving that warmth until your body is warmed up enough to hop out of your sleeping bag! And I love how the hood can double as a pillow, there is ventilation for warmer nights, you can pull your hands into the bag so that you’re completely covered and you can walk around while wearing your sleeping bag.
But, why don’t I cool it with all these words and give you some visuals! Check out the gear in the video below…
WHERE CAN YOU GET ONE?
As I said, it’s kind of hard to find this tent for sale in the United States, but I got mine on eBay. And even though the guy who I bought it from doesn’t appear to sell them anymore, you can >> CLICK HERE << to see who else is selling them. And if you want a different model you can search around on eBay and I’m sure you’ll find it! It might take a little longer to be shipped to you, and cost a little extra for the shipping, but they are awesome tents so it’s worth it.
But the Selk’bag should be a lot easier for you to locate; I got mine from Amazon but you can >> CLICK HERE << to see if anyone is selling them on eBay. They have all different sizes and colors for you to choose from, so you can get one for the whole family!
If you have any trouble breaking your tent back down, just study the pictures that are on the inside of the carrying case. It might seem confusing, and you might think you’re going to break it, but once you get it pushed down far enough it starts to twist by itself, and suddenly the instructions start to make sense.
And you’ll want to make sure you get a sleeping bag that fits your body, so that your movement isn’t restricted. So, if you’re around 4’11” to 5’5″ then go with the medium, if you’re 5’4″ to 5’11” then you can get the large, and if you’re 5’11” to 6’4″ you’re going to have to go with the extra large. And hey, there are even kids sizes. And it might be a little difficult to walk on a hill in this suit, since there’s padding below your feet, but use the velcro strap around your ankles and, after you tighted the strap, you should be able to walk a little better.
If that wasn’t enough for you then check out the official site for Quechua, here: http://tente.quechua.com/en/
And the official site for Selk’Bags, here: http://www.selkbagusa.com/
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