If you haven’t already heard of Equip’s LifeStraw then this blog is for you! This amazing product is an essential for every outdoor enthusiast and will easily fit inside your travel pack or day pack when you are on the move.
What is a LifeStraw?
The LifeStraw is simply a water purifier that is portable and easy to use and will fit inside a hiking backpack or even the kids backpacks.
The great thing about this product is that it needs no electricity, it is gravity fed so you don’t need a piped water supply and is an internationally recognised water purification system that can be used anywhere.
LifeStraw can supply up to 1000 litres of clean water removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts (making it effective against Giardia, a common problem in Australia and New Zealand!) Impressively, LifeStraw achieves these results without the use of any chemicals such as iodine! Cleaning of the filter can be easily done by simply blowing out. The LifeStraw will work with only with fresh water; salt is one of the few things that the LifeStraw doesn’t filter out.
Where can it be used?
In addition to a hydration pack. It can be difficult to carry all of the water that you need so being able to purify water that you find is a huge plus.
Add it to your home emergency kit. With natural disasters taking a huge toll on the Australian landscape in times of fire and flood access to clean water can be restricted.
When camping in tents or a caravan this product is ideal for supplying all of the clean water that you need for drinking and cooking while you are away.
Rucksacks provide a great way of carrying your gear especially when you are venturing off the beaten track but if it’s your first time packing one you may be wondering how to do it. So, we here at leisureGear decided to list some handy rucksack packing tips which should help you when you’re out and about and need to access your things effortlessly.
There are some things that absolutely must stay dry in case you encounter some wet weather or fall in a stream. Things like your clothes, sleeping mat and sleeping bag need to be kept dry for your comfort. There are various waterproof packs on the market. We like Blackwolf’s Aqua Himal Dry Pack. It’s made from heavy duty, waterproof nylon and features a spacious 28 litre watertight main compartment.
Put your sleeping gear into the pack first and push it down to the bottom, if you have a larger sleeping mat you might want to think about attaching it to the outside of the rucksack.
Clothes As Space Fillers
Fill the spaces around the mat and sleeping bag with your clothes. Push them into the spaces and just keep something warm at the top of the rucksack in case you get cold.
The rule is generally to pack the heavier items against your back to make the rucksack easier to carry because of the positioning of the weight.
Always Have Access To Water
Keep a hydro bladder or better still a LifeStraw in your rucksack. The bladder is easier than a bottle because they don’t take up much space when they are empty. LifeStraws enable you to filtrate water wherever you go ensuring access to safe drinking water.
Place most of your water at your back and close to the top of the rucksack.
Pack this around the water but away from your back except for any items such as tins.
Put your tent on top because this is the first thing that you are going to need when you get to camp and start to set up for the night. It is also simple to remove during the day if you need to access the food or water.
Buying a sleeping bag used to be a whole lot simpler. You would look at the sleeping bags available, choose the style and colour and that was it. Often it would mean that you would shiver or swelter through your outdoor adventure, depending on the weather but that was a part of the experience, right?
These days sleeping bags Australia are a lot more sophisticated and you can purchase the right bag for your trip to ensure that sleeping is a pleasure not just something that has to be endured. If you’ve ever shopped for a sleeping bag you would have heard about the temperature ratings that distinguish one from another.
What is a sleeping bag temperature rating?
The temperature rating system originated in Europe and is referred to as EN13537 the idea being that there is a standardised rating system across the industry to make choosing the right sleeping bag easier for the consumer; sleeping bag temperature ratings are suggested rather than absolutes.
The manufacturer will rate each of their sleeping bags by making assumptions about the materials used in the construction of each bag and/or, by having bags tested in conditions of controlled temperature such as an air-conditioned room or cold-room.
If you’re a warm sleeper (i.e. your body generates a lot of heat and you use less covers to keep warm) the bag’s temperature rating is probably pretty accurate for you.
If you’re a cold sleeper (i.e. you have a slow nighttime metabolism and don’t generate much body heat meaning you need blankets to keep warm) assume the bag’s temperature rating is at least 5⁰C warmer than stated on the bag. That is, a bag rated at 0⁰C should, for you, be taken as rated at +5⁰C.
When looking to buy asleeping bag it is better to look for one that is at least 5-10⁰C colder than your sleeping temperature. Such a bag will be suitable in a wider variety of temperatures.
Remember, it’s always easier and more practical to warm up with thermals, extra clothes, or a sleeping bag liner. We all sleep better when cooler than we do when warmer, so erring on the side of cooler is a logical decision.
Sleeping bag facts: 1. Your metabolism keeps you warm not the sleeping bag
Sleeping bags do not generate heat themselves, instead how warm that you stay relies on the amount of metabolic heat that you generate. This varies depending on the food consumed, exhaustion level and hydration. 2. Create a sleeping system
Often a sleeping bag, regardless of the rating, is not enough on its own. Generally manufacturers like Caribee make an assumption when deciding on their sleeping bag temperature ratings, that you will also be using equipment such as camping beds or a camping mattress as well. 3. The design
Is it a tight fit, have a hood or lots of zippers that will allow the heat to escape? These are all factors that will add or detract heat when a sleeping bag is used.
When you are deciding on the best temperature rating for you and your kids sleeping bags make sure that you take into account:
- The time of year and the expected weather
- Other gear that you will be using such as tents and camping beds
- Whether you normally sleep ‘hot’ or ‘cold.
If you want any further information on choosing a sleeping bag with the right temperature rating for you, please give us a call or shoot us an email and we will be more than happy to help!
Have a look at our range of sleeping bags, camping beds & sleeping mats to find one that suits you!
In October 2012, Blackwolf released some dramatic changes to their already popular Turbo Tent range.
The most notable was the changes to the front awnings.
Old style front awning (pre 2013)
New and improved 2013 front awning
The overall size of the awning has been increased as well as the adition of the ’3rd pole’ for added durability and stability in windier conditions.
The new awning also makes available the ability to add on the new Front Panel and Side Panels. Another new addition to the 2013 Turbo Tent Accessories range.
The new panels now give you the option of extending your Turbo Tent by effectively converting your awning into an additional room perfect for extra storage room and/or protection from the elements.
A much simpler and cheaper ‘add on’ than the Turbo Tent Superfly, Basecamp and Screenroom. These all still have their pros and cons… its just the panels make an ‘easy’ addition
At leisuregear.com.au, we have seen a remarkable uptake on the new 2013 Blackwolf Turbo Tent range… especially seeing customers couple the tents with the panels.
The popularity and reputation of the Turbo Tent took a tumble in late 2011, early 2012 with a bad run of quality issues that of course Blackwolf jumped on to rectify as quickly as possible with a re-vamp in early 2012 but now the 2013 model has taken the range a big step forward incorporating public feedback and versatility into the improvements.