In order to test my new camping gear, I decided to camp out in my own backyard for three nights.
Tent: Sierra Designs Light Year (3 season tent, 1 person tent)
Very roomy inside
I actually didn’t find the directions for setting up the tent until after I had set the tent up, it only took a few minutes, very simple. Folded up, the tent is only 17” long and weights around 2 lbs 11 oz.
Sleeping pad: Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Rectangular Pad - Short 66in. x 20in.
This one you have to blow up but it’s pretty thick, about 2.75”. The blowing up didn’t take that longer, longer than setting up the tent though Though. It took the same amount of time to empty the air out and to roll it back up. I chose this one over the self-inflating one because it was lighter and thicker, not sure yet if I made the right choice.
Sleeping bag: Northface mummy style synthetic 40 degree
The One night was cool, one night was hot and humid and one night was rainy. On the last day while I was at work, 3 heavy storms moved thought he area with high winds, the tent was exactly where I had left it and it was still dry.
Over all I’m pretty happy with my camping gear. I was comfortable enough. I could have really gone expensive and gotten some really light and small folding stuff, but this wasn’t for some backpacking expedition, I can spare some room on the motorcycle for this stuff, I wanted decent quality and not too expensive. The tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag cost me a total of approximately $230.
Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad ready for sport-touring