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MSR Windboiler Stove System

 

The MSR Windboiler Stove System is rad, and it's red. I could leave it there, but I'll elaborate a bit. Unlike Jetboil you do need to light this stove yourself, so make sure you've got matches or a lighter with you - but I'm sure you do, since that's one of the 10 essentials.

Pros: It's lightweight and compact, it assembles easily and is fuel-efficient. Apparently it performs super well in cold and windy conditions, but I have yet to experience those types of conditions since owning it, so I'll have to take their word on it. The most important thing for me is that it's easy to use and that I haven't managed to injure myself while using it. It's fool(Holly)proof!

Cons: Unfortunately, when storing the stove (especially while backpacking) a small gas canister will not fit inside. The heating element is just too big to make room for it all, therefore making it the bulkier option when comparing it to the Jetboil. 

 

 

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Nemo Equipment Dagger 2P

 

The Nemo Equipment Dagger 2P is my favorite 2 person tent, thus far. It's a spacious, 3-season ultralight backpacking tent - coming in at just under 3 1/2 lbs. 

Pros: Lightweight, mesh walls, noticeably roomy interior, easy to assemble and features two large vestibules when the rainfly is attached. The rope on the stakes is reflective too, so that means less tripping - which for me is always a plus. 

Cons: The plastic clips at the bottom of the tent where the poles and rainfly attach are my least favorite aspect, but by no means something that keeps it from being my go-to option. I have struggled to get the rainfly clipped and unclipped a few times, but usually just when my hands are cold. 

 

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