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
SEA TO SUMMIT ULTRALIGHT MAT
R1 899, adventureinc.co.za
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
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.