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Why I prefer Klymit mattresses, updated.

In early 2015 I wrote of my appreciation for Klymit mats, which has been the most visited gear post on this blog.

At that time of writing the features of the Klymit mat which appealed to me were

  • The mat is rectangular in shape so I am not forever trying to keep my legs on the mat.
  • The body mapped baffles make it one of the most comfortable mats I have slept on
  • There is no tendency to “roll off” as there is with the Xlite range from Therm-a-Rest

The main disadvantage of the Klymit mats is they tend to be heavier than the equivalent offerings from Therm-a-Rest but weight is not everything, especially when a good nights sleep is required.

I felt it was time to update my views and usage of Klymit mats.

Nowadays, I use the Insulated Static V lite all year round, which has the same dimensions as the Regular Insulated Mat, but weighs 560 grams on my scales, a saving of 144 grams, whilst retaining the same US R value of 4.4.

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The weight saving is achieved through the use of 30 denier Polyester fabric as opposed to 75 denier Polyester on the regular mattress.

In use, as I always carry a short CCF sit mat and place it under the hip area of the mattress to provide a little extra insulation and cushioning when I am side sleeping. The CCF pad also helps to limit the  sliding of the mattress on the tent floor.

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Camønoen: Møns Geo Centre to Klintholm Havn

Summer had finally arrived in Denmark and with a visitor from Australia it seemed like the ideal time for a short overnighter along the coast. Coincidently I had recently been made aware of Camønoen, a collection of trails around the three islands of Møns (famous for its UNESCO World Heritage recognised White Cliffs), Nyord and Bogø. Given there was so many sections along the coastline, it seemed like the ideal location for a short overnighter.

After 2 hours on public transport we arrived, with many others, on the bus at Møns Geo Centre  a place worth spending time at, but as it was peak season it was rocking with many day tourists taking the opportunity to explore the area and visit the displays.

We quietly slipped around the back of the centre and onto the board walk which would take us westwards towards Klintholm Havn.

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Camping not Hiking

Many of my regular readers will have noticed that I have been inactive with regards to trail reports over the past few months, initially this was because of an injury to my knee. However, once that had recovered, another more serious health issue arose resulting in a series of treatments and less activity. But now I am beginning to look outdoors again.

For the time being the focus will be on camping as opposed to long distance hiking, that is, trips of short distance to nice camping locations here in Denmark or further afield. As I began to think about camping spots in Denmark I began to scroll through my many photos looking at locations which I have enjoyed over the years. It is these campsites that have kept me going outdoors, no matter the weather or the location.

With the multitude of beaches in Denmark there is never a shortage of sand to camp on. At this location perhaps the most entertaining aspect was the fishing trawler, fully loaded with duck hunters, criss crossing its path trying to shoot sitting ducks. My impression was that no ducks were harmed, but much alcohol was consumed.

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Ruta Locura Jetboil modification

I have been a long term user of the Jetboil, and one of its only draw backs, in my view, is its weight. However, Ruta Locura have developed a modification which utilises a 24 gram gas burner from China. The burner, BRS-3000T,  was favourably reviewed by Roger Caffin at BPL.com (membership required) and to date I have found it to be a reliable burner. The only downside in my opinion is the aluminium thread which connects the burner to the canister, a brass thread would be a better option (see my experiences with the original Jetboil burner here)

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The Ruta Locura modification includes, the burner, a Carbon Fibre lid and 2 circular discs of titanium foil to mount the burner and to protect the gas canister from the reflected heat. The latter disc provides the added advantage of being able to store the burner within the heat exchanger section of the pot allowing more storage space within the pot. A full review by Ryan Jordan of this system can be found here (membership required).

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