Small Stuff With Big Ben­e­fits

Lit­tle things can make your shel­ter more liv­able

Modern Pioneer - - Contents - By Michael D’angona

Lit­tle things can make your shel­ter more live­able

Hav­ing a tent to shel­ter your­self from na­ture’s fury is al­most manda­tory when you’re forced to make do un­der the stars. How­ever, what you nor­mally get when pur­chas­ing a tent is just that, a tent. Usu­ally no bells and whis­tles, no backup equip­ment and no lux­ury items are added to your ini­tial pur­chase to make your stay just a bit more com­fort­able.

Luck­ily for you, there are many sources to find just the right ad­di­tions to make your out­door stay more suited to your needs and tastes. From im­proved tent sta­bil­ity op­tions to cargo hold­ers to mod­ern high-tech cordage and re­pair items, you are for­tu­nate to have many op­tions at your dis­posal. Like ev­ery as­pect of camp­ing, prep­ping or sur­vival train­ing, you can cus­tom­ize nearly any cat­e­gory, and now tent ac­ces­sories can be added to the list.

1 BIG AGNES BLOWDOWN TENT AN­CHOR

Move on from tra­di­tional tent stakes and mod­ern­ize with these amaz­ing blowdown tent an­chors. No longer will you have to ham­mer down stakes into un­for­giv­ing rocky or sandy soil and suf­fer from popped lines through­out the night. Just fill these no-skid fab­ric pouches with sand, snow or one solid rock for non­stop se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of your tem­po­rary out­door shel­ter. Fea­tur­ing re­flec­tive guy lines, these tie downs will stand out in the dark­ness of night and help pre­vent any ac­ci­dents when walk­ing nearby.

Fea­tures

• Re­places tra­di­tional tent stakes • Light­weight to carry and store • Re­flec­tive guy lines • No-skid fab­ric keeps an­chor in place

MSRP:

$29.95 bi­gagnes.com

2 GLOROPE TACTIGLO PARACORD

Trip­ping over guy lines will be a thing of the past with Tactiglo re­flec­tive and glow paracord. Use this through­out your camp­site to pre­vent trips and falls when travers­ing near your tent dur­ing the pitch black­ness of night. Ad­di­tion­ally, this cordage can be used any­where you need true 550 paracord strength. Cus­tom­ize the amount of glow you need by choos­ing from one to four glo-trac­ers in­ter­wo­ven within the cordage. From highly vis­i­ble for max­i­mum ef­fec­tive­ness to very slight glow for more covert uses, this takes tent cordage to a whole new level.

Fea­tures

• Choice of glow level • Su­per strong 550 grade • Charges in day­light • Con­tains re­flec­tive threads

MSRP:

$0.15 to $0.69 per foot glorope.com

3 COLE­MAN CPX 6 LIGHTED TENT FAN

Bring light and air cir­cu­la­tion into nearly any tent to cre­ate a com­fort­able night­time ex­pe­ri­ence. This sim­ple fan pro­vides air flow to re­duce tent stuffi­ness, while pro­vid­ing enough light to play games and read maps or books. The fan is con­structed of soft foam blades, safe for use around chil­dren. The bright light also dou­bles as a soft night­light. The fan is por­ta­ble, easy-to-use and a great com­fort for ev­ery­one.

Fea­tures

• Com­pat­i­ble with most tents • Pow­ered by four D bat­ter­ies or A/C adapter

(both sold sep­a­rately) • Two speed modes • Run­time: High -10 hours, low - 30 hours • 99-lu­men LED lights • Fan and light run in­de­pen­dently • At­taches with cara­biner or mag­netic plate

MSRP:

$34.99 cole­man.com

4 EUREKA CAMP­ING COT XL

Don’t rel­e­gate your­self to sleep­ing on the hard, cold ground. El­e­vate your­self and en­joy a com­fort­able night’s sleep on this heavy-duty col­lapsi­ble cot. The unit eas­ily fits into most tents and al­lows you to get the rest you need to con­tinue your ad­ven­tures the next morn­ing. Con­structed of 600D by 300D durable polyester fab­ric with a re­in­forced back­ing, this ma­te­rial will hold up through the night and last for years. When it’s time to move on, sim­ply dis­as­sem­ble the unit and pack it away in its con­ve­nient stor­age bag for easy trans­port.

Fea­tures

• Over­sized for sleep­ing com­fort • 300-pound ca­pac­ity • Rapid assem­bly • Heavy-duty, durable con­struc­tion • Zip­pered stor­age pocket

MSRP:

$129.95 eu­reka­camp­ing.com

5 MSR GEAR UNI­VER­SAL GEAR LOFT

Don’t lose valu­able gear when spend­ing a night un­der the stars. This light­weight stor­age loft keeps all of your small items safe, se­cure and out of the way while you sleep. It eas­ily at­taches to most tents wand its breath­able mesh is use­ful when dry­ing out damp gloves, socks or hats. Eas­ily at­tach­able and zip­pered to keep things in place, this con­tain­ment loft is a must-have dur­ing any camp­ing trip.

Fea­tures

• Ad­justs to nearly any tent • Light­weight mesh • Zip­pered pocket • Over­head out-of-the-way stor­age • Easy set up

MSRP:

$29.95 msrgear.com

6 MSR GEAR STAKE HAM­MER

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the value of a good stake ham­mer. With­out it you’ll be fight­ing to get your tent set and se­cured, and af­ter a long day in the bush, that’s a prob­lem you don’t need. This heavy-duty ham­mer will drive stakes with ease, even in the most trou­ble­some ter­rain. Per­fectly bal­anced, and en­gi­neered to dis­trib­ute the most force with min­i­mal ef­fort, this ham­mer is in­dis­pens­able and built to last. An in­te­grated bot­tle opener lets you cel­e­brate your quickly erected shel­ter.

Fea­tures

• 11 ounces • Hard­ened stain­less steel • In­cludes lan­yard • Durable con­struc­tion

MSRP:

$29.95 msrgear.com

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