DD hammocks – Frontline Hammock

Getting used to being in the hammock comes quickly. It’s easy to adjust your position and raise/lower your legs a bit to get comfy, and you can shuffle back and forth to let the material give you support where you want it. And if you’re sat up and want to read at night, there’re little hanging loops for your light. I got used to it after an hour or so of playing and I’ve fallen asleep in it many a time now – some intentionally! The swinging cocoon feeling just makes me nod off!

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Mammut – Montana 2 Sleeping Bag

There’s a couple of really nice touches to the Montana 2 sleeping bag. The main zipper pull has a little message on it which says “Sleep Well” (the dog certainly did) and the water-resistant (read “splash proof”) carrying bag has a sort of mountaineering snakes and ladders game printed on it for when you’re stuck in a tent and the weather is against you. Clever.

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Aerobed – Active Dual Zone airbed

I am a big fan of airbeds – double airbeds to be precise. They aren’t always the most reliable things, but when they work, they work well! We’ve tried various versions over the years, including offerings from Coleman and Outwell, and always end up returning to the trusty ‘Argos red & blue airbed’ – the only variety that seems to not go soft overnight, needs the minimum of topping up during a holiday, and lasts for multiple trips over a couple of years.

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Pacific Outdoor – Peak Elite AC Sleeping Mat

I tend to sleep right on through, regardless of temperature, but the first thing to become immediately clear on the first night was that this mat doesn’t offer a great deal of width either side of the body when you’re lying down. With restless sleepers in mind, Pacific Outdoor will tell you that the oversized outside tubes are designed to cradle you throughout the night; to my amazement, I guess this must be true because I actually didn’t slip off at all once settled down.

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Aerobed – Pakmat Airbed Mattress

The first thing you notice is that, unlike any other mattress, the Pakmat is packaged in a sturdy plastic tube with an enormous green handle on it. It’s like an elaborate Coke bottle carrier and makes the whole thing seem rather industrial. But separating the tube it becomes evident that the Pakmat inside is actually no bigger (when compressed) than a full size self-inflating mattress.

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