Quality Is #1

Quality is important but it needs to be weighed against needs and cost. If you are going to buy outdoor equipment you should look at your needs and determine what cost and quality range you should buy. I would not recommend a $500 tent to a family that goes camping at the local state park one or two times a year. The other side of this equation is recommending a low quality tent to someone who will go camping one to two times a month. There is a balance of cost and need for quality. The next several posts will be about quality of specific gear and what the minimum I would recommend for avid users as opposed to novices.

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  • http://navscouting.org Dad

    Quality is important but it needs to be weighed against needs and cost. If you are going to buy outdoor equipment you should look at your needs and determine what cost and quality range you should buy. I would not recommend a $500 tent to a family that goes camping at the local state park one or two times a year. The other side of this equation is recommending a low quality tent to someone who will go camping one to two times a month. There is a balance of cost and need for quality. The next several posts will be about quality of specific gear and

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    minimum I would recommend for avid users as opposed to novices.

    Having a great time at camp.

  • admin

    Yes, thank you for pointing that out. Spell check doesn’t always know what I am saying.

    • Didar

      Forget the cot and the heater. Get one of those Colemna twin size air mstreases and something to pump it up. Then, bring along a 1-2 thick foam pad and a good sleeping bag, or two mediocre ones. If you pump an air matress up nice and firm and then put a 2 foam pad on it, it can be more comfortable than your mattress at home. But it is equally important to keep warm when you sleep, not just have a nice pad. So, make sure that you have a sleeping bag that is rated for 20 degrees lower than the coldest temperature it will be at night or your going to freeze your bum off. So, if you aren’t sure about how good your sleeping bag is, bring a 2nd sleeping bag or a few extra comforters to go over and under your regular bag.DO NOT sleep on an air matress or cot without having something on it to insulate you from the air, or you WILL get all the heat sucked right out of you. A 2 thick foam pad is an excellent insulator, but an extra sleeping bag under you would work OK too.

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