A quality backpacker tent must be lightweight and store small and carry easily, while being unchallenging for a single person to setup. The 2-Person Ultralight Tent is a great small backpackers tent, large enough for two, but if you’re traveling alone and want optimum comforts, then this tent is a great choice for that. It’s relatively easy to setup as it has two poles that crisscross and suspend the tent, and a rainfly cover finishes the setup. I’d suggest implementing a rain tarp for the ground foundation.
I found this great 2-person tent to be easy to setup, and high quality. Most of all, my favorite aspect of this tent, is how well it closes down and rolls up into its small bag. Beyond that, the fact that it’s so lightweight, with a simple yet effective design, makes it a winner for me. Not only is it small, lightweight, and of expected quality, it is one of the more affordable tents on the market at this quality.
A great sleeping bag can make all the difference when you’re out in the wilderness during the colder months. There are sleeping bags that rate at -15 or -35 degrees, as well as others that are meant for warming climates. The Hooded Thermal Sleeping Bag is a quality in between bag, perfect for a single person. It’s rated for 40-60 degrees, but from my experience, you can push those limits one way or another, or if anything, simply add a wool blanket overtop if you want to use this sleeping bag in zero to negative temperatures.
The hood is a nice touch, as is the feel of the fabric, because it is soft and lightweight, yet is capable of trapping in a person’s heat, and therefore creating that thermal effect that can help you survive in frigid temperatures. The tent is a rectangular shape, measuring at 76.7” (+11.8” for the hood) long x 29.5” wide, and is made of 380T Nylon Taffeta (shell), Thermal Polyester Fiber (fill), and 190T Polyester Pongee (lining). I found Luxe Tempo’s sleeping bag to be a nice sleeping bag, perfect for backpackers traveling at a wide range of temperatures. Though, I wouldn’t suggest taking this bag along trips of ten-to-twenty degrees below.
Seeping pads are relatively new for me, because I’ve traveled and camped all over this country without one. More recently, I’ve found rollup foam pads and have used those, but that’s only if I’m traveling with my vehicle, because they’re much too cumbersome for backpacking, and they can be a pain in the butt. But now, Luxe Tempo has come out with a self-inflating model which is pretty awesome by comparison of what I’ve been used to. Their version is lightweight enough for a serious backpacker, and stores up nice and tight in a thin roll.
Luxe Tempo’s Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad provides the user with a firm foundation in minutes, which if you’ve ever had to make a flat place for your campsite in the wild, then you understand how awful it can be when you have to sleep on rocks and bumps galore. This sleeping pad helps to defend against that. I found its self-inflating feature to be pretty damn cool, and I love the way it stores, thin and tight for light travel.
Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen