If you packed all nine of these items, the weight would be just 3,5kg

The sim­plic­ity of ven­tur­ing into the bush with just a stick and a sarmie are long gone, and new gear on the mar­ket has seen our packs swell in size even more. Gear Edi­tor MATTHEW STERNE looks at items that’ll lessen your load

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SEA TO SUM­MIT UL­TRA­LIGHT MAT

R1 899, ad­ven­tureinc.co.za

Weight: 355g

When this mat­tress is rolled up, it’s the size of two Coke cans and only just heav­ier than one. That alone makes it an at­trac­tive op­tion, yet the unique air valve takes it a step fur­ther. It’s the best sys­tem I’ve come across for in­flat­ing a mat­tress

– all it takes is a gen­tle breath into the ad­join­ing sack and then a squeeze, (re­peated twice) – plus it de­flates in­stantly on its own. The Air Sprung

Cell technology en­sures a sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able night’s sleep, but keep in mind that in cold tem­per­a­tures it’s prob­a­bly best to add a towel un­der­neath for ex­tra insulation.

CW280 UL­TRA­LIGHT DOWN SLEEP­ING BAG

R1 799, na­ture­hike.co.za

Weight: 570g

Climb­ing into this is like putting on a win­ter jacket over your en­tire body. Made of 95% goose-feather fill­ing, it’s in­su­lat­ing, warm and light­weight. For ex­tra insulation, there’s a cord at the neck that can be tight­ened to trap the heat. The bag is a slightly slim­mer cut than av­er­age, so big­ger peo­ple might find it a lit­tle too snug. The tem­per­a­ture guide sug­gests you’ll be com­fort­able down to 8˚C, with 2˚C be­ing the low­est limit.

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