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Tested: Snugpak Chrysalis 3

Tested: Snugpak Chrysalis 3

We’ve always had a soft spot for Snugpak’s sleeping bags. Although not the lightest available, they always seem to offer plenty of warmth and features, nice designs and quality construction, as well as an affordable pricetag. And they’re British made! So how does the new Chrysalis 3 fare? The first thing you notice is its striking design, sporting the large ‘chrysalis’ logo on its front and a nifty two-tone blue colour scheme (also available in red). This is a 3-season bag, so it should provide enough warmth for when temperatures dip below freezing. In fact, the specs say the Chrysalis 3 … Read more »

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Tested: Easton Kilo

Tested: Easton Kilo

A two-man tent that weighs only a kilogram? We investigate further… One of the benefits of lightweight equipment is that it gives you options. For example, with a tent that’s not too onerous to carry you may opt to sleep under canvas on a multi-day hike or trek, rather than stay in refuges, huts or B&B’s. So although you might pay a pretty penny for this type of tent initially, it could easily pay for itself after just a few trips. Especially if there’s two of you! Which brings us to Easton’s Kilo tent which, as the name suggests, is just 1kg … Read more »

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Tested: Exped Downmat 7

Tested: Exped Downmat 7

Rhys Jones tries out this luxury mat on back-to-back trips to Kili, but how does it stack up? Having used various sleeping mats over the years, I was keen to try the Exped Downmat which promises a warm, as well as comfortable, night’s sleep with its use of down. It arrived just in time to take to Kilimanjaro for a couple of back-to-back climbs. Kili is pretty rocky so I was excited at the prospect of a comfortable nights sleep. I practised inflating the mat, which is done via a built-in pump, which is just a lump of squidgy foam. You put … Read more »

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