Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Article excerpt

If you're going to join the growing breed of intrepid wilderness campers, the last thing you need to worry about is your basic equipment. To ensure peace of mind, take a look at our pick of the best

[1] Geodesic tent.

Wild Country Q2

260 [pounds sterling]/4.1 kilograms

A very affordable four-pole design from a respected manufacturer. The Q2 sports dual porches and full size mosquito nets to provide year-round comfort. The inner-pitching-first design allows the outer to be left in your rucksack in hot and dry conditions

[2] Tunnel tent

The North Face Fortress 33

370 [pounds sterling]/4.5 kilograms

Brand new from The North Face, and spacious enough for three people, this triple-hoop tent offers significantly more stability than regular dual hoop designs. It comes equipped with DAC Featherlite poles. A two-person version is also available

[3] Traverse-hoop tent

Saunder Space packer Plus MK2

259 [pounds sterling]/2.8 kilograms

One of the tents that heralded the onset of the lightweight tent revolution. Often copied, rarely bettered, the 'Plus' version has an extended covered porch. Traverse-hoop designs provide the maximum amount of possible living space from a single pole

[4] Self-inflating mattress

Therm-A-Rest ToughSkin

From 70 [pounds sterling]/750 grams

The latest incarnation of the venerable Therm-A-Rest range, the open-and closed-cell hybrid ToughSkin ensures that you'll always be insulated from the ground, even in the event that a monster thorn punctures the self-inflating component

[5] Snow shovel

Black Diamond Lynx

25 [pounds sterling]/700 grams

A lightweight, two-part shovel for easy packing. The generous blade is made from aluminium for durability, the plastic handle helps to keep hands warm and the T-bar provides a comfortable grip. The total assembled length is 70 centimetres

[6] Tent stakes

Terra Nova Superlite titanium 'V' Angle Pegs

20 [pounds sterling] for six/ten grams each

Fashioned from strong titanium, the V-angle increases the surface area with minimum bulk and provides good purchase. Additional panels have been stamped out of the frame to further reduce weight without compromising durability

[7] Closed-cell foam mat

Beacons Expedition Summit Mat

30 [pounds sterling]/355 grams

The reincarnation of the classic Karrimat, this lightweight, waterproof, tear-resistant and CFC-free mat costs a little more than other closed-cell foam mats on the market, but will last you for years. Supplied rolled, with tape ties

[8] Superlight sleeping bag

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45

160 [pounds sterling]/480 grams

An insanely light bag filled with almost 200 grams of the finest down insulation that money can buy. …

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