New Backpacking Gear!

Christmas 2014 brought a couple of new items of gear for backpacking and camping.

I now have a MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX

I also have a Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15 sleeping bag.

Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15

Here’s some of my new gear compared to older stuff.

Item New Old Savings
Tent vs Tent MSR Hubba Hubba NX 1.54 kg Old tent 3.40 kg 1.86 kg
Tent vs Hammock MSR Hubba Hubba NX 1.54 kg Hammock setup
hammock, ropes & straps, bug net
2.14 kg 0.60 kg
Mat vs Underquilt Thermarest NeoAir XTherm 0.43 kg Arrowhead New River Under Quilt 0.85 kg 0.42 kg
Sleeping Bag vs Sleeping Bag Mountain Hardwear Ratio 15 1.14 kg MEC Raven -7 sleeping bag 1.50 kg 0.36 kg

If I go backpacking with my new tent, my new sleeping bag, and my new(ish) sleeping mat, I have a weight savings of 2.64 kg (or 5.82 lbs). The Hubba Hubba NX lets you use just the rainfly, poles and footprint (0.19 kg), to lighten the tent weight to 0.97kg from 1.54kg. A further weight saving of 0.57kg (1.26 lbs).

My next gear purchase: A lighter backpack. My current backpack is 3.3kg, so something lighter would be nice.

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