Clothing – Make sure to have to ability to cover every square inch of exposed skin. Extreme wind speeds and sub-freezing temps are a recipe for permanent skin damage or even lost fingers and toes (gangrene, frost bite etc). Bring coverage. Bring spares.
Hammock Gear Burrow 0° Top Quilt Wide, 26.4 oz (I went with the wide version for better coverage on tent trips where I may sleep on the ground. If you only plan to use yours in a hammock, you can probably do a standard width model)
I’m not sure if they make the actual Camp brand snow shovel seen in this video anymore. That’s why I linked the other brand above which looks similar and appears to have solid reviews. But I did find a new plastic version by Camp that weighs in at only 9 oz. I’m sure it’s not nearly as resilient though, as the blade is made of polypropylene, as opposed to a coated aluminum.
In this episode of Sintax77’s Mail Call, I check out the new Sawyer Select foam water filter, and a hammock camping sleep system by Outdoor Vitals called the StormLoft Mummy Pod, along with their netless hammock system with whoopie slings.
I also open some viewer mail and discuss Permethrin vs Picaridin vs Deet for tick and mosquito treatment of backpacking and camping gear.
Links and Info for the Sawyer Select Water Filtration System
The three Select systems reduce chemicals down to 0.5 parts per billion (up to 40 times lower than the EPA’s maximum recommended level) and reduce pesticides down to 0.01 parts per billion (400 times lower than the EPA’s maximum).
The Select S2 and Select S3 models go even further, purifying contaminated water from suspect sources.
Select S2 filters out 99.99% of viruses.
Select S3 filters out 99.99% of viruses and reduces heavy metals such as copper, arsenic, and mercury down to 0.5 parts per billion (up to 260 times lower than the EPA’s maximum).
Weight: 9.25 oz total for bottle with foam filter and hollow fiber membrane filter attachment.
Links and Manufacturer’s specs for the Outdoor Vitals 15° StormLOFT Down Mummy Pod
Easily switches from use as a mummy sleeping bag to a pod system to fully insulate a hammock!
Patented footbox allows hammock to run straight out of the bottom of the bag and seal, or zip it up for use on the ground and insulating baffles keep your feet warm!
Redesigned shoulder baffles seal cold air out and add additional comfort!
StormLOFT™ 800 fill power hydrophobic down provides premium performance in both loft, warmth and dealing with adverse weather conditions!
NEW YKK Anti Snag Zipper makes it virtually impossible to damage your sleeping bag while zipping it up. It also provides easier zipper flow making it a breeze to get in and out!
Vertical baffles keep the down locked into place both on the hammock and on the ground.
Included suspension system keeps the bag from sagging or moving when using it on the hammock
Extra shoulder room (grid) keep the bag extremely comfortable and roomy.
Outdoor Vitals Lifetime Warranty: Here at Outdoor Vitals we believe in standing behind the craftsmanship and quality of our products. Anything that was our fault, we fix so you can feel confident that you’re getting exactly what you paid for!
Links and Manufacturer’s specs for the Outdoor Vitals Ultralight Solo Hammock
In this episode of Sintax77’s Mail Call, I open a package containing an item that I can’t quite figure out at first…
At first glance, I could at least devise that it was some sort of hammock camping gear accessory. Specifically what it was though, was confusing the heck out of me to be honest.
All that written on the envelope was a face book page, which cleared things up pretty quickly. https://www.facebook.com/myhangtimehook/
Apparently it’s an early production run prototype for an accessory that allows you to easily hang your cellphone from your hammock ridgeline. It also appears to be useful for mounting other items such as a light or USB charger as well, by using the various attachment points or the main clamp.
A Review of the Olight HS2 Headlamp for Running & Hiking.
In this gear video I go over my personal experiences with using the Olight HS2 rechargeable headlamp system, specs, features, and operational procedures to access the Olight H2R Nova’s light modes and charging functions. As a backpacker more so than a runner, I also go over my thoughts and experiences with using this as a running headlamp vs a hiking and camping headlamp.
HS2 Specs, as per the Manufacturer
Beam Distance Max: 279 feet / 85 meters
Max Performance (lumens): 400
Charge type: Micro-USB
Compatible Batteries: Customized LiPo Battery
Light Intensity (candela): 1,800
Light Form: Wide/broad hotspot. Perfect for up close illumination.
Lens / Reflector Type: TIR bead lens (wide/broad beam)
Mode Operation: Side Switch
Size Factor: Small size (Car key / Zippo Lighter)
Series: Series H (Headlamps, Multitasking)
Can be powered directly from any USB power source – never run out of battery.
Dual LED system for long range and up-close wide illumination.
Audible beep at 10% battery capacity to alert the user to charge.
Compact and lightweight at only 4 ounces.
Dual Beam High: 400 lumens , 2 hours 12 minutes
Dual Beam Low: 100 lumens , 9 hours
Single Beam High (wide or spot): 200 lumens , 4 hours 30 minutes
Single Beam Low (wide or spot): 50 lumens , 18 hours
Moon 1 lumens Cool White / 1 lumens – Neutral White – 45 days
SOS / BEACON: Yes
Weight: 4.06 oz , 115 grams
Length: 24mm / 0.94 in
Head Diameter: 23mm / 0.91 in
Body Diameter: 45mm / 1.77 in
LED: Cree XH-G2
Use: EDC, car, camping, fishing, household, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activitie