Introducing The Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock

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Here at Tog-Blog Tentsile has fast become one of our favourite brands. From day one their innovative tree tents had won over our hearts with their promise of a close to nature camping experience like never before.

If you’re not familiar with Tentsile, they are one of the outdoor industry’s more recent up and comers. Tentsile was born from a desire to innovative and provide practical ways for people to enjoy the outdoors in sustainable ways. All of Tentsile’s products are designed to inspire you to get outdoors like never before without compromising on sustainability. Their designs are eye-catching, easy to set up and allow you to literally reach new heights when it comes to camping outdoors!

So as you can imagine we are excited to introduce to you the all new Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock.

Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock Tent

Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock

The Tenstile T-Mini Double Hammock is lightweight yet spacious and easy to set up; perfect for all of your outdoor adventures. Similar to Tentsile’s other designs all it requires are 3 strong anchor points and a little imagination. Set it up between trees, rocks or even some man made features and you’ll soon find yourself kicking back in comfort.

Tentsile advise that this premium quality hammock takes just 5 minutes to set up, which is nothing if you think about the hours of outdoor relaxation and the great night’s sleep it could bring! There is nowhere we wouldn’t think of taking this innovative hammock from our favourite woodlands to a palm tree lined beach.

When set up the T-Mini has enough space for 2 people, or 1 person and their gear. It comes with just one ratchet to reduce weight, and due to it’s size it can be easily set up between most tree configurations taking you to places you’ve never been before with your average tent. The Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock Tent is incredibly versatile and can even be used as an extra layer beneath your Flite or Connect tent to add extra insulation below.

The Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock has a 40D polyester floor fabric that is reinforced with 12m of 25mm webbing. It has a maximum load of 220kg, a weight of 2.5kg and a pack down size of 25 x 12 x 12cm.

So there you have the Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock Tent; the latest innovation from Tentsile to take your outdoor adventures to the next level.

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How To Sleep Like A King Outdoors

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor lifestyle enthusiast or you’ve only just started to dip your toes into the endless ocean of opportunity that is the great outdoors we’ve all suffered at the hand of a poorly planned out sleeping area. Going to bed with a full bladder, not checking that the surface you’ve chosen to pitch is completely flat or tossing all order to the wind and heading out without a pillow; these are all common and easy to make mistakes.

So, are there a set of rules that will always guarantee a great nights sleep outdoors? How do the experts do it? Is sleeping comfortably outdoors something that is reserved soley for the likes of cinema, books and fairytales?

Yes, we assume practise makes perfect and no. Thanks to the genius’ over at Thermarest we can all now rest well outdoors. Say hello to their latest little lifesaver; The Sleeping Well Outdoors Infographic. Follow these simple rules and you’re pretty much guaranteed to be snug, as a bug in a rug, even in the Great Outdoors.

12 Essential Tips For Sleeping Well In The Outdoors

 

There you have it, 12 simple steps that you can take for an amazing nights sleep. As you can see Thermarest have the experience, passion and knowledge that drives them to create great products and offer us life saving tips. If you’d really like to sleep like a King outdoors, check out our full range of Thermarest Gear and utilise the clever tips in this useful infographic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Festival Edit; Be Prepared

Festival season is fast approaching so it’s time to get ready! Whether you’re heading to a music festival or walking festival and come rain or shine having the right gear will ensure that nothing gets in the way of you having a good time. So to help inspire you to be prepared here at Webtogs.com we have decided to do a roundup of our essential festival gear.

 

Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent

 

Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent

Taking a tent to a multi-day festival is a no brainer, but the quality of the tent is something that is often taken for granted. This tent from Marmot is ideal for festival use thanks to its spacious size, easy to pitch design and robust design. It features high quality DAC DA17 colour coded poles as well as ‘Easy Pitch’ clips on the canopy allowing you to put it up quickly and efficiently. It’s constructed from rugged and weather resistant fabrics so you can get a good night’s sleep whatever the weather; that is if you aren’t up all night dancing.

 

 

Snugpak Softie 5 Kestrel Sleeping Bag

 

Snugpak Softie 6 Kestrel Sleeping Bag

Convenient and comfortable the Snugpak Softie 6 Kestrel Sleeping Bag is perfect for festivals. With a small pack size and comfortable temperature rating of 0°C and an extreme temperature rating of -5°C you can enjoy a good night’s sleep whatever the weather. It features a reinforced foot and rugged construction so it can take a bit of rough handling when you return to your tent in the middle of the night slightly tipsy and it even comes with its own compression sack for carrying.

 

 

Helinox Chair One Trek Chair

Helinox Chair One Trek Chair

You need someone to kick back and relax in between gigs or walks so you’re going to need a comfortable camping chair. Super compact, lightweight and comfortable the Helinox One Trek Chair is the only camping chair you need this festival season. It is lightweight and won’t take up space in your car on the journey there thanks to the included stuff sack. Despite the lightweight design this camping chair is exceptionally rugged and can hold a weight of up to 145kg. The Helinox One Trek Chair is even easy to put up for when you’re in a rush to see your favourite performer thanks to the self locating shock cord technology.

 

 

Life Systems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent

 

Life Systems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent

Wherever you are camping summer is prime mosquito and biting insect season, and the last thing you want is to be relentlessly bitten throughout the night and be itching for the rest of your trip. The Lifesystems Mosquito Smoke Coils 10 Pack Insect Repellent are easy to use and will repel midges, mosquitos and other biting insects. Each individual coil offers up to 8 hours protection and when lit releases smoke and an active insect repellent to naturally deter irritating flying insects.

 

 

 

LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap

 

LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap

Festivals are notorious for the inability to shower for days but with the LifeVenture Dry Wash 100ml Travel Soap you can still keep yourself clean. Dermatologically tested, antibacterial and easy to use with a pop up lid this travel soap is perfect for freshening up when you’ve been walking and jumping about all day. It even contains a soothing aloe vera extract and evapourates as you are using it; perfect when you don’t have access to a shower.

 

 

 

Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection

 

 

Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection
Whichever festival you are heading to this year you’re likely to be outside in the sun for long periods of time, save yourself discomfort and disappointment later by using a high quality, high factor suncream. The Life Systems Active 40 200ml Sun Protection is factor 40 and effective against UVA and UVB. It is extremely water and sweat resistant; ideal for when you’re dancing and walking all day long.

 

 

 

LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet

 

LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet
If you’re buying your food there and stopping to get beers all day you’ll be wanting to carry your cash or card, and when you’re in lard crowds of people it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you drop your money or its pocketed you will likely not notice until it’s too late; this is where the LifeVenture Waist Body Wallet comes in. Discreet and comfortable it can be worn beneath your jacket or top around your waist to prevent theft and cash falling out of your pockets. It also features a moisture wicking fabric on the rear for comfortable next to skin wear all day long.

 

 

 

Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch

 

 

Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch
Finding your tent in amongst 100s of others in the dark isn’t easy so taking a compact and bright torch with you will save you getting lost after the gig. The Life Systems Intensity 220 Torch is the perfect pocket torch for festivals and features a brightness level of 220 lumens and up to 52 hours battery life. It also features a handy strap to wear around your wrist or attach to a rucksack.

 

 

 

 

Biolite Camp Stove

 

Biolite Camp Stove

Last but not least if you’re cooking all your own food or making a cup of tea at your next festival you will need a high quality stove. The Biolite Camp Stove is high quality and only requires dry biomass, such as sticks, to be burned as fuel saving you a tonne of pack space. You can even use it to charge your electronic devices such as your camera or mobile phone via the USB port as you wait for the kettle to boil. This handy little camp stove is the ultimate in convenience.

 

 

 

As you can see carrying the right gear will help prevent any little mishaps that might ruin your festival weekend and help you to create your own home away from home. If we’ve inspired you to get prepared; check out the rest of our outdoor gear collection. What essentials would you take with you?

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The Dangers of Bush (or wild or stealth) Camping

On my journey through Africa, I was often asked by friends and strangers back home whether it isn’t dangerous to just pitch your tent in the bush or by the roadside? And I was often told by locals that it really is dangerous to camp in the wild.

What about deadly snakes and poisonous spiders? What about lions and hippos?

What about being robbed or attacked.

The reality is, of course, bush camping can be dangerous. So can crossing the road. But in the same way that you always look left and right before stepping off the pavement, it’s only common sense to be selective with your camp spot.

Road to Booue, Gabon, Central Africa
Road to Booue, Gabon, Central Africa

I always look for a secluded spot where I shouldn’t be seen by people and certainly not from the road. If I know there are ‘dangerous’ animals around, then I either don’t camp in the bush or I do what I can to minimize the risks. For example, always zipping up the tent inner to keep out snakes, spiders, scorpions etc. If there could be lions, I make sure I’m inside my tent well before sunset and don’t get out again until the sun is high in the sky (no matter how desperate for the toilet!). If there could be hippos, then I don’t camp where they may choose a route down to the river…

The Niger River, Guinea, West Africa
The Niger River, Guinea, West Africa

Well that was all in Africa. Now I’m in Canada, but the same rules apply. Only now I have to be careful about bears, rather than lions. That means carrying bear repellent spray everywhere in case of a chance encounter and keeping the camp spot spotless from food. Bears love the smell of food. So that means cooking away from the tent and storing food at a distance too. That’s not good when I wake in the middle of the night with food cravings, but it’s small price to pay.

The Chicotin Plateau, BC, Canada
The Chicotin Plateau, BC, Canada

In, 20 months of bush camping between the UK and Cape Town and now a month under canvas in Canada, I had no serious encounters.

As chance would have it, my closest encounter came just a couple of days ago, ironically, when I was in town.

Walking to the shop, a sudden gust of wind sent unsecured items flying. I had to dodge a piece of flying sheet metal by jumping into the road before continuing down the pavement, when a tree fell down just a few feet from me. I emerged, slightly surprised, with nothing more than a lot of dirt and leaf debris in my right ear. The parked car wasn’t quite so lucky!

You see, there are risks in all walks of life. Of we were scared of every potential threat or danger, then we’d procrastinate in bed all day. But that’s no way to live. Better to get out there and take a chance. You never know when fate will deal the fatal blow, but it’ll probably be when you least expect it.

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Free sleeping mat with your sleeping bag or tent!

We are big fans of Nemo, we love their approach to tent designs and fresh out of the box this morning, we have got a load of their new Astro sleeping mats. These are going to be a serious alternative to the Thermarest Neoair as the pack size is smaller although they weigh a touch more. The reason they weigh a bit more however is due to the whopping 2.5 inches of height they have and the fact they are a little more durable. Dare I say it they are also a little quieter as well when you toss and turn!

They cost £89.99 normally and you can find them on the Webtogs site here, BUT we also giving one away with every single Western Mountaineering sleeping bag and Nemo Tent that you buy for a limited time only.

So if you feel the need for a little more comfort in your tent life, or wanted any more reasons to invest in one of the best down sleeping bags or lightweight tents out there, head on over to Webtogs to check them out!

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New videos from the Nemo range

We posted a couple of sneak peaks of the Nemo tents last year and we are super shuffed to have the full range in now. We managed to get a couple of test samples up which we videod and you can view the results on You Tube below;

First we have the Meta 2P – a super lightweight trekking pole tent, probably the best designed we have seen in this category. Weighing just 1300 Grammes, I’m seriously looking forward to getting this out on the hill and reducing my pack weight even more.

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We also managed to get the Asashi up and running along with it’s Garage The Asahi on it’s own has a vast amount of space but with the garage you had a virtual palace! What was great about having the garage is being able to stay inside with the door open and even if it was raining, the inner tent would remain dry.


Both tents impressed with their attention to detail and quality, keep your eyes peeled for more videos!

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What should I look for when buying a tent?

If you’re on the mission to find the perfect tent and camping equipment, here are a few pointers to make sure you don’t end up with a dud:

• A good tent should protect you from wind, rain, snow, and the sun. If you can afford it, get an all-seasons tent – it’ll save you money in the long run as you won’t have to upgrade later.

• Unless you want to be harassed by bugs – make sure your tent has screens.

• Air vents will make your trip comfortable on hot, muggy nights.

• Dome tents are the sturdiest in windy conditions.

• Double wall tents have an inner breathable laminate, a waterproof outer shell, and less condensation.

• If you get a single wall tent, make sure the material is a breathable, waterproof laminate.

• Make sure the seams are double-stitched and not prone to leakage. If the seams are taped for extra protection and coated then this will add to the waterproof capabilities. If your tent is not taped or treated, you will need to do it yourself.

• Look for a tent made of ripstop nylon, which are much more durable and lighter than other materials such as canvas.

• Colour is a matter of personal choice but remember that brighter colours are more visible in snowy or misty conditions.

• Tent poles should be fibreglass or aluminium; fibreglass is lighter but aluminium is stronger. Poles moulded to the shape of the tent are usually stronger. Fibreglass poles pack better and take up less space.

• And finally, make sure it’s easy to set up. No one enjoys fumbling about in the dark at the end of a long day trek.

The perfect tent will have a lot to do with the conditions you’re camping in. Unfortunately, you probably can’t justify buying a new tent for every condition, but these tips should help you get a good all round tent that you’ll get lots of use out of for several years to come.

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