Here are my favorite pack, tent and sleeping bag, commonly known as the big 3 (they usually cost the most).
The pack I’m using at the moment (and hopefully will be for a very long time) is the Osprey Aura AG 65.
It’s super comfy with the ‘Anti-Gravity’ harness.
It took me a while to get used to putting it on as the hip belts stay in shape so you have to grab them and pull them from behind you to wrap them around. It felt a little weird but I think I’m getting used to it. I’m loving all the extra pockets it has compared to my previous packs.
I wanted size M so that the capacity was actually 65L but the harness is fully adjustable so it still fits me properly. It weighs 1.93kgs/4.3lbs.
The pack I had before that one was the Osprey Viva 50 (link is updated model) and I loved that pack although a little too small. Still comfortable enough for multi-day hikes, I just struggled to fit everything I wanted in.
My first pack I had was the Kathmandu Incite gridTECH XT and didn’t quite have enough padding for my liking. It was a 60L so it had plenty of room but was just a little harsh on the hips for multi-day hiking.
I’ve been through a few hiking tents but the latest one is a winner for me! It’s the Nemo Dagger 2P.
Plenty of room for one person and could comfortably fit two people without packs inside. The two vestibules are massive with ample space for a pack & shoes etc. I put mine in one side and still have plenty of space to cook and use the other side as the entrance/exit. If it was wet out, I could easily fit all of my gear inside with me and not feel squished.
The poles are connected as one which makes it even easier to set up. I leave the groundsheet attached so it’s set up nice and quick.
It has light pockets in the ceiling at both ends which disperse the light from my headlamp into a nice, even glow.
I don’t use Nemo’s stakes as I find them too heavy. I use MSR’s Carbon Core stakes which are feather-light. The tent weighs 1.7kgs/3.7lbs in total.
I haven’t experimented much with sleeping bags, just swapped between the bag, a liner or a summer one, however, my go-to bag for most of the year is the Kathmandu XT Polaris water repellent mummy down in regular.
It weighs 1.42kgs/3.1lbs so a little on the heavy side but it is warm.
My Big 3
If you want to read my post about the Nemo Dagger 2P click here.
The post about my previous tent I was using before the Dagger – Hidden Gorge with Friends! – if you wanted to check that one out.
When I tried the Sea To Summit Specialist Solo shelter – Second Hike-in Camp Adventure
The first tent I used – First Overnight Hike
A little comparison of all three before I got the Dagger – Gear Replacements and Upgrades
What are your favorites of the big 3 and what makes them highest on your list? Leave a comment below 🙂