Camping Gear

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am


Arc'teryx Altra Pack

A tough, well-made large volume pack (HK$4,400) that's ideal for multi-day backpacking. The Altra's patented suspension system provides excellent support and comfort, as do the breathable back panel, hip belt and shoulder straps, which make a big difference in warmer conditions. The top-loading pack also has a full-length zipper for easier loading, and it's big enough to take several days worth of camping gear. With the legendary Arc'teryx quality, the Altra should provide many seasons of hard service.

Mammut Ajungilak Sphere Alpine

Designed specifically for lightweight travel, with a close-fitting design and shorter zip to help reduce weight and bulk, the sleeping bag (HK$4,299) weighs just 800 grams. It will keep you warm down to minus 7 degrees Celsius (minus 1 degree for women) thanks to its 800-fill power European goose down filling. If you like a lot of living space in your sleeping bag, the Sphere may not appeal, but it's a great option for lightweight backpacking and summer mountain adventures.

Easton Mountain Products Kilo

Despite the name, the Kilo (from US$349) comes in at a tad under 1kg, largely because of Easton's new Carbon ION poles, made from high-modulus superlight composites and featuring its excellent AirLock connectors, which allow you to snap them together in seconds to provide taut, stable support for the tent. Erection is simple enough, and once up, the Kilo is a bit of a squeeze for two people; for one, it's great. There's plenty of room to move around and just enough space in the vestibule to store your gear.