As I gear up to begin walking again I thought this might be a good time to review the gear I’m still carrying with me, and to update everyone as to my new cart and what I really like about it. I have discarded much of what I started with either because of weight issues, or because I simply did not use the item enough to warrant carrying it. Here is a list of what I am still carrying, and my reviews of each item so far:
REI Passage 2 tent – So far I have been very pleased with the performance of this tent. It has kept me bone dry, even through a few very heavy wind and rain storms, is incredibly easy to set up and break down, and is very roomy even for someone of my size. You can enter and exit the tent on both sides, and it has two roomy vestibules that have keep my gear and boots dry as well. It is a free standing tent which has allowed me to pitch it pretty much anywhere I find a place to camp for the night without have to stake it down. It weighs about four pounds and is easy to pack up.
OUTSTAR lightweight, waterproof envelope sleeping bag with compression sack – really like this sleeping bag. It’s comfortable, waterproof and warm. It is a little snug for someone of my size, but overall I have no complaints. Can open up into a large blanket if you like, laundries very well, and comes with a great compression sack to boot.
Teton Sports Camp Pillow – started with a couple of small pillows, this is the one I kept. Not great, but does the job and laundries well. Very light and stuffs down in to a small bag so does not require much room.
Ryno Tuff Self Inflating Sleeping Pad – This has been a life saver so far. Inflates easily, is very comfortable even when side sleeping, and so far has had no leaks. After almost two months of constant use I am very pleased with this sleeping pad.
Wildhorn Outfitters Terralite Portable Camp Chair with TerraGrip Feet – Very possibly my favorite camping item. LOVE THIS CHAIR. It is incredible light, sets up easily, has special balled feet that even allows you to stay upright in sand, and can handle up to 350 lbs. At 6’3 and 230 lbs I can sit very comfortably in this chair, and it is really easy to get into and out of because it doesn’t sit to low. Tough and durable, would highly recommend it!
Canway Camping Stove – Great little wood burning stove. Burns small sticks and twigs that can easily be found anywhere, boils water in about five minutes, and just does the job. Great stove for the price.
Hukoer Camping Cookware Mess Kit – Really nice mess kit, has held up very well, and has everything I need to cook with. Love the compact size and folding utensils.
Shining Buddy LED Headlamp Flashlight – Durable, light and bright. A good buy that does the job.
Vibrelli Hydration Pack & 2L Hydration Bladder – I like everything about it. Lightweight, comfortable, keeps water cold for several hours, doesn’t have a bad taste, is durable, and has a really good bite valve. Great value for the price.
Space All Weather Blanket – What’s not to like? Very lightweight, waterproof, reflects heat, keeps you warm in very cold conditions and can be used for so many things. A must have on a trip like mine.
Asus Chromebook 11.6″ (Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design) – For a $200 Chromebook you can’t beat this one. Has held up very well, is easy to use and has a fantastic battery life. So far it has been great!
My new cart is a Burley Nomad Bike Trailer with a cargo rack and walking / hiking kit. It is made with a sturdy aluminum frame and a durable canvas cover. The cargo rack will make it easier for me to carry all of my gear, and the walking kit will allow me to walk hands free. It has 16 inch push button wheels, and comes with a very good reputation. I have modified it a little by adding a Tyvek housewrap liner which will make it completely waterproof and adds almost no weight to the cart. The cart itself with the cargo rack weighs less than 20 lbs total. I will post pictures of it as soon as I get everything ready to go.