Bikepacking camping gear on a Budget


so in my last backpacking video I went
through my bike packing bags and my camping gear at least for the summer and
in that video I briefly mentioned that there are a couple of cheaper
alternatives to the camping here I was using so I talked to a mate darah the
Magnificent who’s been using a couple of those cheaper alternatives for the last
couple of by packing trips we’ve done. I thought I would combine those with a few
pieces I have myself and put together a nice cheap light and compact backpacking
camping set and I will compare them to the bit more expensive alternatives at
least when it comes to tent and sleeping pad and see where the difference are and
if it’s worth the compromise and as a bonus I will also talk about this new
cooking pot I got which I will probably use from here on out and combining this
with my cheap stove this will be a very budget-friendly cooking kit but enough
of the introduction let’s jump over to the two different camping setups one
budget and one reference setup so our budget kit is made up of a nature hike
one man two-layer tent a nature hike sleeping pad and an ageismax sleeping
bag totaling in at around 220 bucks the reference kit is a two-man two layer ten
from Big Agnes important to note that the footprint is not included with the
tent the sleeping pad is from sea to summit and the sleeping bag is from the
Japanese brand Asuka and this is totaling in at around 710 bucks so looking at a tents our budget tent. it is from
nature hike and the model is cloud up 1 you can find this tent for around 90
bucks on Amazon and it’s a two layer semi freestanding tent which means you
have an inner tent and outer rain fly and you can
assemble the tent and move it around without staking it down but to get the
full volume inside the tent you need to stake out at least the bottom corners. It
is basically a copy of the Big Agnes Fly Creek series but unlike Big Agnes you
actually get the footprint or the ground sheet included with the tent. Speaking of
the Fly Creek series our reference tent is the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 EX
the EX model is a Japanese only model from what I understand and basically the
inner tent does not have the see-through mesh for some reason. As you can see the
setup process is pretty much the same for both tents, remember though that the
Big Agnes tent is a two-man tent and the nature hike is only one man so there
will be some slight variations for sure. I do think though that you can
definitely feel the difference in material between the tents Big Agnes
definitely feels a bit more premium it just fits a little bit better at every
corner etc still the nature hike is not bad in any way. Taking a look inside
the nature hike tent here you can see it’s definitely a one-man tent. You can’t
fit two people here unless you want to lie on top of each other. You can still
sit up at the front of the tent without hitting your head too much. It tapers
down thoughts of feet I am 184 centimeters tall and I can lie
in here without feeling too cramped. If you’re much taller than me though it
could be an issue. As for pockets inside the tent you only have one above the
door and the door of the inner tent is a single layer mesh door with a dual zipper so you can open it from both both above and below. The space between
the inner door and the outer door also known as the vestibule has a pretty good
amount of space for storage of your bike packing bags helmets shoes and stuff
like that. Comparing it to the Big Agenes tent the Big Agnes is obviously
two-man tent so it’s not quite apples to apples comparison you have a lot more
space but even that said if you want to sleep two people in here it’s gonna be a
tight fit. It probably helps if this is a person
you really like. Like the nature hike we have a pockets above the inner door and
we also have two pockets on each side of the door which are missing in a nature
hike one. The inner door is actually a two layer one so you have a non
see-through inner one and a mesh outer layer and you can open both layers with
one zipper or split them up as well. The vestibule is about the same size apart
from the width as this is a two-man tent the good thing about sleeping one person
in this tent though is you have a lot of space inside actual tent for storing your
bags etc. Moving on to the nerdy part let’s check the weights. And as you can
see even though the nature hike is a one-man tent and the Big Agnes is two
men tent the nature hike tent is basically a bit heavier on every single
part of the tent with the biggest difference coming on the rain fly which
is almost 200 grams heavier. You can definitely feel that in the material. The
footprint or ground sheet is also optional it will provide a bit more
protection but if you really want to go lightweight you could leave this at home.
So all these 50 grams here and hundred grams there all adds up, so in terms of
total pack away these two tents will differ about 500 grams. In my opinion
even more important than the actual weight is the pack size and as you can
see while the nature hike has a bit more volume on each part except the poles
which are one or two centimeters shorter these are very comparable in terms of
pack size, and while 500 grams is nothing to ignore keeping in mind the prices of
these two tents the nature act basically 1/4 or at least one-third the price of
the Big Agnes. it’s a compromise that definitely has
some merit. And the way I pack my tents I can fit both the inner tent the rainfly
and the footprint inside this compression sack without much problem.
This compression sack I put in my handlebar bag together with the sleeping
pad and this is the same way I packed my Big Agnes setup so all-in-all this tent
won’t take up any more space than my more expensive set does And that’s the main reason I think this is a very good budget alternative
as the packing size is probably one of the more important aspects of by packing
gear. One part of the Nature Hike tent that it’s definitely not really up to
standard is the stakes which looks very nice but they got damaged pretty quickly
and my mate already got some new ones to replace them The tent also shows a bit
of wear here and there but nothing too crazy Moving on to the sleeping pad the
budget alternative is also from Nature Hike, it’s a 50 dollar sleeping pad.
The model name is it’s different depending where you look it up but I
will drop the links in the description the weight is actually lighter than my
Sea to Summit ultralight medium-sized sleeping pad and
that’s 100 bucks, so half the price for lighter weight. It’s about the same size
packed if you manage to get all the air out. the stuff sacks though it’s twice the
size for some reason, not that I use this stuff sacks on my trips so doesn’t
really matter. The sleeping pad is a 187 centimeters long and it’s not insulated
so it’s definitely a summer, spring & fall sleeping pad nothing you would use in
the winter. It’s pretty easy to get air in, it takes about 30 seconds to fill
it up, but it’s harder though to get all the air out so when you roll it up you might
have to roll it up a few times to get it as compact as you want. to Sea to Summit pad in comparison feels like it takes a bit more air to get it fully inflated but
still around 30,40 seconds, shouldn’t take more time with that. I will say that it
feels a bit more comfortable to sleep on than a nature hike, but the biggest advantage
of the Sea to Summit bag though it’s the deflating is super simple
you basically just open the deflate valve and roll it up and that’s it
the nature hike on the other hand requires a bit more effort to get all
the air out especially from the from the bottom air pockets. The sleeping bag is
from another brand called Aegismax ultra-light goose down sleeping bag size
large and you can find this for about 80 bucks
I won’t compare this to my Isuka bag because I don’t actually use that bag, I
always use this bag because it’s yeah it’s this light, 568 grams and it’s super
compact once you compress it down as you can see here when I really work it down
into my seat back it will not take up more than half the pack, it takes a bit
of effort to get it down but definitely worth it. My Isuka bag on the other
hand is probably a bit warmer it takes up a bit more space and it’s probably
around 100 grams heavier as well so it’s actually not something I’ve used out on
a trip yet because of this bag. I’ve used it down to plus… I think it was plus
5 degrees C at its coldest and then I just had a super light down vest on me
and used my leg warmers to get a bit of an extra insulation and I had no problem
camping out in that kind of temperature. Ss you can see the official comfort
rating is 11 degrees Celsius, lower limit is plus 6 and extreme is minus 9 but
would definitely not use this in – degrees weather unless I had some
serious extra layers with me but I would probably rather look at another sleeping
bag if I knew we were going down to those temperatures moving on to the
cooking kit then I’ve showed this in my last video this is the BRS-3000T
titanium stove and this is so small and so light and so cheap you can’t really
find anything smaller cheaper and lighter so I actually don’t have a
reference to compare to, in other words this will probably be the reference for
anything else I would pick up eventually. I don’t know though, if you really want
to nitpick I guess you could say that there’s no built-in lighter function but
yeah that’s about it in terms of negatives. 26 gram for 15 bucks in this size it’s
just stupid. another thing you can pick up for 15
bucks is this cook set from Stanley stainless steel and I heard you could
even find this in like Walmart and stuff like that in the States really nice
construction with a locking handle that keeps the lid in place and you get two
nesting cups when you buy this. It’s nothing I will use out on the back
though so I will just put these aside the lid has this plastic flap or handle
that you can actually take off and put a ring or something instead. It comes in at
216 grams which it’s not super light, you can probably find some
titanium pots that’s lighter but then you’re in another price bracket. So what
I do is take my gas canister put it upside down inside the pot and then I
have enough space for all the other parts like the stove the the lighter and
a small sponge, then you just fill it up with a rag or something to keep it from
rattling inside. Only thing you need to think about don’t press the canister too
far down because it could be hard to get it out. One way to keep this from
happening is to put a rag underneath the canister as well. So as long as you use a
gas canister stove with this you probably have nothing to worry about but
if you plan on using these over an open fire for example you might need to
switch out this plastic little flap for keyring or something like that because I
have heard on other videos that this can actually melt if you have it on the open
fire so beware that. So all in all I think this budget camping kit is a
pretty good solution if you’re just looking to get into bikepacking and are
not 100% sure if you’re gonna stick with it or not, you might not want to fork out
like seven eight hundred bucks just to try it out and if you’re
like me only do these kind of trips on weekends maybe a few times per year max
it could also be a good solution if you don’t really want to fork out that big
cash. But if you’re planning on doing long trips like month-long trips or
something like that I would probably go and spend a few more dollars on the the nicer stuff but I leave that decision up to
you and of course there’s a lot of other brands and other lightweight solutions
out there. This video didn’t cover bevy’s or hammocks and whatnot. I’m just
covering stuff I have experience with myself but if you have any suggestions
or stuff you try that you’re very happy with or not happy with feel free to
inform me and other viewers as well in the comments otherwise I hope you found
it interesting and maybe you can use it as a reference to build your own camping
kit and if you want to buy something I will drop links for everything down in
the description. I think that’s it for this backpacking video if you have any
other suggestions of videos regarding bikepacking feel free to leave them in the
comments if you found this interesting or helpful live like, subscribe if you
feel like it, always appreciate it and I’ll catch you in the next one, PEACE!

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