Green camping gear review

Greengearapalooza Camping Gear Review: Sleeping Arrangements

We know you eco-warriors like to get outside and play in the dirt, but you hate it when your camping gear just doesn’t crack the nod. We know that you don’t cheap out on budget gear because you understand that it’s just landfill fodder. That’s why your trusty Greenmoxie crew has decided to take one for the team and find the best camping sleeping gear out there.

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Then we took it camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing and backcountry camping. I know, I know, the things we do for you—the sacrifices we make—there’s just no limit to the lengths we will go to. I mean beautiful scenery, swimming in lakes, campfire cooking, sleeping under the stars (le sigh)… well you’re welcome! Our rigorous process included asking our team to nominate that one piece of gear that is their trusty sidekick. The stuff that just keeps on giving and lasts for decades, no matter what you put it through.

Ok so seriously – we had SO MUCH FUN. And while it’s true that some of the gear just didn’t make it, we found some things that we absolutely love, items that we know will be with you for a long, long time and many wild adventures.

I’ve had the same blow-up sleeping pad for about ten years now. That sucker has more patches than an eagle scout and it’s pretty useless. We tested many brands and what we found overwhelmingly was that you got what you paid for.  What we loved:

Big Agnes Insulate Air Core Sleeping Pad: When it comes to general quality and eco-friendly design, Big Agnes = epic badassery. This pad packs up light and tight and sports 3.25″ of comfort with PrimaLoft™ synthetic insulation that keeps you warm. It’s durable, lightweight 70D nylon diamond rip-stop top and bottom and comes with a repair kit. Honestly the very best rest I have ever enjoyed while camping.

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Exped Downmat 9 Pump Deluxe Sleeping Pad: Another great option – down-filled for amazingCamping gear review insulation and lightweight to boot. The 650-fill-power duck down provides an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio for a restful night’s sleep on cold evenings. Didn’t think much of the hand pump, but it blows up easy enough.

Eureka Singlis UL: Lightweight, durable and super comfy, this pad also comes with a nifty inflation technique. Check out the video:

Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (ENO) Hammock: If you like your sweet chariot to swing low, you may ENO hammock reviewwant to try these super comfy ENO Hammocks. The thing I like most about about them, actually, there is a few things:

  • Super lightweight and compact
  • Made of durable nylon
  • Comfortable and the caribiners mean set up takes two seconds
  • They use their excess heavy duty straps to make really cool dog leashes and collars

We got a lot of use out of this hammock on every trip and the dog loves his new swag!

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Some notes:

Sleeping pads make stellar flotation devices and we had lots of fun floating down rivers and on lakes – beware of pointy sticks!

This is not a sponsored post. We tried a number of sleeping pads and hammocks, some of which died unceremoniously and others which held up pretty well, but there had to be a winner and these were hands-down the best!

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very bad dog.

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