I haven't camped since my early 20's, now 55 heading quickly to 56 and am toying with the idea of good gear (yikes 2 grand to get it all just to sleep; yes I'm Canadian with Canadian $ so what do you expect when our $ is so low a snake could slither over it and not notice!).
I remember two things I did not like about camping:
1) couldn't stand up in a tent (that was small enough to pack and not weigh 400 lbs (canvas) and
2) sleeping on the crappy blow-up mattress pads.
It seems advances in technology have overcome these main issues
So I have been reading and researching....
Anyone use Nemo Products (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Pillows or pads)? Their sleeping bags, like Big Agnes, come with an attached slot for the sleeping pad.
I have read, in ADVRider, good reviews on their Tents, Sleeping Bags, pads and pillows...what are your experiences?
Or Western Mountaineering also seem to get top rated reviews for their bags..(in BC Mountain Equipment Coop is the king of outdoor hiking and backpacking gear...http://www.mec.ca/Main/home.jsp)
mother site is : http://www.westernmountaineering.com
There is this post on this forum on sleeping bags, but no one was responding to my broader questions, I was not the OP; and it was kind of a highjack, here is the link to that thread http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....9-Sleeping-bag
And as far as tents go, aside from Nemo Tents, I see that the Hilleberg are top rated...(even though you can't stand up in them...and very expensive)
Or the larger, non double walled, but stand up in the Redverz seem to be getting lots of attention (warranted or not - I have no idea): http://redverz.com
What are YOUR Experiences and Thoughts?
Since not everyone adds links to the items they talk about below, I am editing this post to add some of links (watch out, some are Canadian sites, so you will have to switch to USA)
CoolMax Sleeping Bag Liner
Joey Chair - a third party link, not the mothership
MSR Dragon Fly Stove
GSI Pinnacle Camper Cook Set
Sea to Summit Bowls and cups
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern