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CLEARANCE SALE 2 Person Double Layers Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
CLEARANCE SALE 2 Person Double Layers Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
$21.59
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2 Person Double Layers Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
2 Person Double Layers Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
$37.87
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Waterproof 3 4 Person Family Camping Tent Double layer Hiking Tent 4 Season USA
Waterproof 3 4 Person Family Camping Tent Double layer Hiking Tent 4 Season USA
$77.27
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Polyester Waterproof Camping Tent Hiking Tent Dome Dual Layer 2 3 Person MY8L
Polyester Waterproof Camping Tent Hiking Tent Dome Dual Layer 2 3 Person MY8L
$40.80
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3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
$44.99
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2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
$39.99
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3 Person Camping Tent Dome Dual Layer Polyester Tent 2 Fiberglass Poles GS8D 01
3 Person Camping Tent Dome Dual Layer Polyester Tent 2 Fiberglass Poles GS8D 01
$37.73
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New Polyester Summer Tent 2 3Person Camping Tent Dual Layer UV CLSV 01
New Polyester Summer Tent 2 3Person Camping Tent Dual Layer UV CLSV 01
$37.73
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Elite Double layer Outdoor 8 Person Camping Cabin Family Tent
Elite Double layer Outdoor 8 Person Camping Cabin Family Tent
$89.99
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 18m
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Waterproof Hydraulic Automatic Pop Up Camping Tent 3 4 Person Double Layer
Waterproof Hydraulic Automatic Pop Up Camping Tent 3 4 Person Double Layer
$52.99
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Instant Dome Camping Tent Automatic Double Layer Waterproof With Zippered Door
Instant Dome Camping Tent Automatic Double Layer Waterproof With Zippered Door
$64.70
Time Remaining: 13d 4h 38m
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3 4 Persons Portable Waterproof Camping Tent Folding Double Layer Family Hiking
3 4 Persons Portable Waterproof Camping Tent Folding Double Layer Family Hiking
$52.97
Time Remaining: 10d 15h 1m
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Outdoor Camping Hiking Double Layer Tent 4 Person 3 Season Travel Family Folding
Outdoor Camping Hiking Double Layer Tent 4 Person 3 Season Travel Family Folding
$68.11
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Waterproof Camping Hiking Tent Double Layer 3 4 Person Family Automatic Instant
Waterproof Camping Hiking Tent Double Layer 3 4 Person Family Automatic Instant
$47.98
Time Remaining: 16d 15h 38m
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3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
$41.99
Time Remaining: 22d 9h 56m
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Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Camping Tent Waterproof Hiking Travel Folding Tent
Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Camping Tent Waterproof Hiking Travel Folding Tent
$30.99
Time Remaining: 29d 16h 19m
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3 4 Person Double Layer Outdoor Camping Tent Hiking Travelling Exlporing Hunting
3 4 Person Double Layer Outdoor Camping Tent Hiking Travelling Exlporing Hunting
$67.86
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Camping Tent Horizon Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Instant Hiking Cam
Camping Tent Horizon Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Instant Hiking Cam
$35.32
Time Remaining: 11d 20h 42m
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Elite Waterproof Double layer Outdoor 8 Person Instant Camping Cabin Family Tent
Elite Waterproof Double layer Outdoor 8 Person Instant Camping Cabin Family Tent
$110.00
Time Remaining: 8d 7h 55m
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Instant Automatic Instant Pop Up Family Tent Camping Double Layer Hiking Tent
Instant Automatic Instant Pop Up Family Tent Camping Double Layer Hiking Tent
$42.99
Time Remaining: 18d 16h 21m
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3 4 Person Double layer Automatic Waterproof Family Camping Hiking Instant Tent
3 4 Person Double layer Automatic Waterproof Family Camping Hiking Instant Tent
$57.99
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 4m
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New outdoor sports camping single layer fiberglass pole polyester portable tents
New outdoor sports camping single layer fiberglass pole polyester portable tents
$51.99
Time Remaining: 15d 8h 43m
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Hasky Outdoors Double Layer Camping Tent 6 Person Aluminum Rod Beach Tent BA
Hasky Outdoors Double Layer Camping Tent 6 Person Aluminum Rod Beach Tent BA
$117.53
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 14m
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Outdoor Automatic Pop Up 4 Person Camping Tent Portable Polyester Double Layer
Outdoor Automatic Pop Up 4 Person Camping Tent Portable Polyester Double Layer
$69.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 41m
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New Wave Rod Polyester Pongee Single Layer Double People Camping Tent
New Wave Rod Polyester Pongee Single Layer Double People Camping Tent
$43.35
Time Remaining: 23d 20h 22m
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OuterEQ Instant Automatic Camping Tent 3 4 Person Tent Outdoor Double Layer Tent
OuterEQ Instant Automatic Camping Tent 3 4 Person Tent Outdoor Double Layer Tent
$149.99
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 29m
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Waterproof Hydraulic Rapid Self Pop Up Double Layer Camping Tent 3 4 Person Blue
Waterproof Hydraulic Rapid Self Pop Up Double Layer Camping Tent 3 4 Person Blue
$52.96
Time Remaining: 27d 5h 1m
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2 Person Double Layers Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
2 Person Double Layers Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpacking Tent w Rainfly
$35.99
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 21m
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Camping Tent 2 Person Single Layer Portable Polyester Beach Camouflage Trend Hot
Camping Tent 2 Person Single Layer Portable Polyester Beach Camouflage Trend Hot
$62.95
Time Remaining: 12d 4h 7m
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3 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double layer Instant Camping Family Tent
3 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double layer Instant Camping Family Tent
$39.54
Time Remaining: 26d 20h 46m
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3 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double layer Instant Camping Family Tent
3 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double layer Instant Camping Family Tent
$39.54
Time Remaining: 26d 20h 46m
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3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent DS
3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent DS
$60.99
Time Remaining: 8d 16h 28m
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Random Color Mix Single Layer 1 Person Instant Polyester Camping Tent Outdoor
Random Color Mix Single Layer 1 Person Instant Polyester Camping Tent Outdoor
$30.60
Time Remaining: 15d 18h 22m
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1 10 Person Outdoor Camping Hiking Tent Dual Layer Waterproof GS8D
1 10 Person Outdoor Camping Hiking Tent Dual Layer Waterproof GS8D
$183.94
Time Remaining: 24d 16h 35m
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Waterproof Camping Tent 3 4 Person Outdoor Hiking Double Layer Travel Storage
Waterproof Camping Tent 3 4 Person Outdoor Hiking Double Layer Travel Storage
$45.90
Time Remaining: 23d 4h 24m
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Waterproof Portable 3 4Person Two Layers Tent w Storage Bag Camping Backpacking
Waterproof Portable 3 4Person Two Layers Tent w Storage Bag Camping Backpacking
$54.99
Time Remaining: 7d 5h 41m
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3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent SG
3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent SG
$60.99
Time Remaining: 13d 17h 8m
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Outdoor 3 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Hiking Climb Backpacking Tent
Outdoor 3 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Hiking Climb Backpacking Tent
$39.01
Time Remaining: 21d 18h 8m
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Double Layer Camping Tent EZ Pop Up Aluminum Hiking Dome Backpack Red 2 person
Double Layer Camping Tent EZ Pop Up Aluminum Hiking Dome Backpack Red 2 person
$36.00
Time Remaining: 23h 16m
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Camping Tent Waterproof Double Layer Outdoor Skirt 2 3 Person 210T Polyester New
Camping Tent Waterproof Double Layer Outdoor Skirt 2 3 Person 210T Polyester New
$178.98
Time Remaining: 19d 4m
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3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Double Layer Family Hiking Automatic Instant
$45.03
Time Remaining: 10d 5h 13m
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Camping Tent 2 Person Outdoor PU1000mm Rainfly Single Layer Portable Polyester
Camping Tent 2 Person Outdoor PU1000mm Rainfly Single Layer Portable Polyester
$59.77
Time Remaining: 2h 21m
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Hydraulic Rapid Self Pop Up Double Layer Camping Tent 3 4 Persons Waterproof New
Hydraulic Rapid Self Pop Up Double Layer Camping Tent 3 4 Persons Waterproof New
$52.98
Time Remaining: 7d 17h 2m
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Vinqliq 2 3 Person Double Layer Water Wind Proof Camping Tent 3 Season Aluminum
Vinqliq 2 3 Person Double Layer Water Wind Proof Camping Tent 3 Season Aluminum
$99.99
Time Remaining: 19d 9h 20m
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Folding 2 Person Double Layer Outdoor Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpack Tent
Folding 2 Person Double Layer Outdoor Waterproof Camping Hiking Backpack Tent
$30.98
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 8m
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Camping Tent Polyester Fabric Ultralight 2 Person Double Layers Aluminum Rod New
Camping Tent Polyester Fabric Ultralight 2 Person Double Layers Aluminum Rod New
$175.99
Time Remaining: 18d 21h 17m
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3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Hydraulic Instant Auto Pop Up Double Layer
3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Hydraulic Instant Auto Pop Up Double Layer
$52.99
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 48m
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Double layer professional Outdoor Camping Tent 2 persons 4 Season 2 pole
Double layer professional Outdoor Camping Tent 2 persons 4 Season 2 pole
$48.19
Time Remaining: 9d 3h 42m
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Camping Outdoor 3 4 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Aluminum Pole Tent
Camping Outdoor 3 4 Person Double Layer Waterproof Camping Aluminum Pole Tent
$45.99
Time Remaining: 11d 16h 1m
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4 Person Double Layer Green Waterproof Camping Hiking Hunting Pop Up Tent Cover
4 Person Double Layer Green Waterproof Camping Hiking Hunting Pop Up Tent Cover
$74.49
Time Remaining: 7d 11h 14m
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3 4 Person Pop up EasyUp Double Layer Waterproof Family Beach Camping Hiking
3 4 Person Pop up EasyUp Double Layer Waterproof Family Beach Camping Hiking
$41.99
Time Remaining: 8d 6h 26m
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Camping Tent Outdoor Shelter 2 Person Hiking Waterproof Dual Layer Tent
Camping Tent Outdoor Shelter 2 Person Hiking Waterproof Dual Layer Tent
$49.01
Time Remaining: 17d 20h 48m
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3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent ZM
3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent ZM
$60.99
Time Remaining: 15d 21h 59m
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3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent OW
3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent OW
$60.99
Time Remaining: 15d 18h 18m
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3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent HL
3 4 Persons Large Waterproof Double Layer Hiking Camping Beach Picnic Tent HL
$60.99
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Double Layer 2 Person Tent Camping Hiking Windproof Waterproof Outdoor 2 Colors
Double Layer 2 Person Tent Camping Hiking Windproof Waterproof Outdoor 2 Colors
$47.28
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Hasky Outdoors Double Layer Camping Tent 6 Person Aluminum Rod Beach Tent EW
Hasky Outdoors Double Layer Camping Tent 6 Person Aluminum Rod Beach Tent EW
$105.25
Time Remaining: 29d 22h 16m
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Waterproof 2 Persons Camping Tent Double Layer Outdoor Travel Hiking Backpacking
Waterproof 2 Persons Camping Tent Double Layer Outdoor Travel Hiking Backpacking
$30.96
Time Remaining: 13d 6h 1m
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Camping Tent Aluminum Pop Up EZ Double Layer Hiking Fishing Dome Backpack Blue
Camping Tent Aluminum Pop Up EZ Double Layer Hiking Fishing Dome Backpack Blue
$36.00
Time Remaining: 23h 14m
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2 Person 4 Season layer Outdoor Waterproof Light Backpack Camping Tent with bag
2 Person 4 Season layer Outdoor Waterproof Light Backpack Camping Tent with bag
$27.03
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Dual Layer Waterproof Large Camping Tent Family Cabin 2 Room Sealed person 01
Dual Layer Waterproof Large Camping Tent Family Cabin 2 Room Sealed person 01
$160.72
Time Remaining: 20d 1h 3m
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Outdoor Camping Beach Tent 2 Persons Single Layer Portable Polyester Camouflage
Outdoor Camping Beach Tent 2 Persons Single Layer Portable Polyester Camouflage
$85.10
Time Remaining: 12d 22h 24m
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REDCAMP 2 3 Persons backpacking Tent for campingDouble Layer Waterproof Tent
REDCAMP 2 3 Persons backpacking Tent for campingDouble Layer Waterproof Tent
$87.90
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3 4 Person Camping Tent Double Layers 2 Doors 2 Rooms Family Outdoor Hiking Tent
3 4 Person Camping Tent Double Layers 2 Doors 2 Rooms Family Outdoor Hiking Tent
$168.90
Time Remaining: 27d 22h 38m
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Family Camping Outdoor Freestanding Dual Layer Tent 2 Person Hiking
Family Camping Outdoor Freestanding Dual Layer Tent 2 Person Hiking
$49.20
Time Remaining: 3d 2h 33m
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3 4 Persons Family Outdoor Camping Tent Automatic Pop Up Double Layer Waterproof
3 4 Persons Family Outdoor Camping Tent Automatic Pop Up Double Layer Waterproof
$59.84
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 10m
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Double Layer Picnic Family Tents 2 Person Outdoor Waterproof for Camping Hiking
Double Layer Picnic Family Tents 2 Person Outdoor Waterproof for Camping Hiking
$99.99
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Outdoor Rainfly Camping Tent for 2 Person Single Layer Portable Polyester Beach
Outdoor Rainfly Camping Tent for 2 Person Single Layer Portable Polyester Beach
$51.92
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3 4 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double Layer Instant Camping Family Tent
3 4 Person Waterproof Automatic Outdoor Double Layer Instant Camping Family Tent
$47.98
Time Remaining: 25d 13h 13m
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Portable Waterproof Travel Camping Hiking Double Layer Outdoor Tent 10 People
Portable Waterproof Travel Camping Hiking Double Layer Outdoor Tent 10 People
$185.99
Time Remaining: 11d 22h 12m
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Ancheer 3 Person Camping Hiking Tent Contrast Color Dome Tent Dual Layer with
Ancheer 3 Person Camping Hiking Tent Contrast Color Dome Tent Dual Layer with
$61.15
Time Remaining: 14d 9h 34m
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Outdoor Automatic 3 4 Person Waterproof Double Layer Instant Family Camping Tent
Outdoor Automatic 3 4 Person Waterproof Double Layer Instant Family Camping Tent
$42.99
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8 10 Person Double layer Waterproof Family Camping Hiking Instant Tent US FAST
8 10 Person Double layer Waterproof Family Camping Hiking Instant Tent US FAST
$160.78
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Double Layer Camping Tent Waterproof 4 Person Outdoor Windproof Aluminum Rod Kit
Double Layer Camping Tent Waterproof 4 Person Outdoor Windproof Aluminum Rod Kit
$139.90
Time Remaining: 18h 54m
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Family Camping Outdoor Freestanding Dual Layer Tent 2 Person Hiking 01
Family Camping Outdoor Freestanding Dual Layer Tent 2 Person Hiking 01
$59.56
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 29m
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CLEYE Outdoor Fishing Camping One Layer Camouflage Tent PU 4 Person Rainproof
CLEYE Outdoor Fishing Camping One Layer Camouflage Tent PU 4 Person Rainproof
$31.88
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Naturehike 2 Person Tent Waterproof Double Layers Camping Outdoor Windproof UV
Naturehike 2 Person Tent Waterproof Double Layers Camping Outdoor Windproof UV
$89.99
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 37m
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3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Hydraulic Instant Auto Pop Up Double Layer
3 4 Person Waterproof Camping Tent Hydraulic Instant Auto Pop Up Double Layer
$88.99
Time Remaining: 10d 22h 40m
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Horizon Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Instant Hiking Camping Tent
Horizon Outdoor 2 Person Double Layer Waterproof Instant Hiking Camping Tent
$41.33
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Naturehike 3 Person Tent Waterproof Double Layers Camping Outdoor Windproof UV
Naturehike 3 Person Tent Waterproof Double Layers Camping Outdoor Windproof UV
$99.90
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Layer Polyester Camping

Sleeping Bag Advice - Which Sleeping Bag Should I Buy?

SLEEPING BAGS

About Sleeping Bags

Being comfortable and warm at night is crucial for enjoyment of the outdoors, so a good sleeping bag is a vital piece of camping equipment. It's hard to appreciate a beautiful dawn when you've spent most of the night shivering in an inadequate bag. So here's some advice on helping to choose a sleeping bag.

First and foremost, a sleeping bag must keep you warm. The sleeping bag filling is of importance here, but so is design. The closer fitting a sleeping bag, the warmer it will be so the best shape is a tapered one (or mummy style sleeping bag). An adjustable sleeping bag hood is needed too, as much heat is lost through the head. However, for comfort, you also need a sleeping bag you can stretch out and curl up in rather than one that feels like a strait-jacket. The big decision to be reached is about the filling. There are three choices: waterfowl down, polyester fill and fibre-pile. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Down Sleeping Bags Vs Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Down sleeping bags have the best warmth for weight ratio, packs up smallest and is long lasting, but loses all warmth when soaked, is slow to dry, hard to clean and is quite expensive. Polyester sleeping bags using materials such as Hollowfil, Quallofil and Polarguard are quick drying, resistant to damp and reasonably priced but bulkier and heavier than down for equivalent warmth and are shorter lived. Fibre-pile is warm when wet, quick drying, long lasting and inexpensive, but again bulkier and heavier than down for equivalent warmth.

Where weight is critical, down is the best choice, For shorter trips or car camping, polyester is suitable, whilst for bivouacing or snowholing where your bag is likely to get damp, pile is worth considering. Whatever the fill, sleeping bags come in various weights with season or temperature ratings. Be warned, these are guidelines only. Cold sleepers may need an extra 'season' to ensure a warm night, whilst warm ones may be able to get away with a lighter bag than that suggested for the time of year. You can of course 'stretch' the warmth of a bag by wearing clothes in it, using a sleeping bag liner, and all sleeping bags will perform better if used with an insulating mat underneath. Sleeping bags are manufactured by most of the top outdoor manufacturers including: Snugpak, Cumulus Sleeping Bags, Mountain Equipment, RAB and The North Face.

Sleeping Bag Season Rating

This tells you, roughly, at what time of the year the sleeping bag can be used comfortably. However, the season rating cannot be too specific as toleration of cold varies from person to person.

1 season sleeping bag - use in summer

2 season sleeping bag - use from late spring to early autumn

3 season sleeping bag - use through spring, summer and autumn

4 season sleeping bag - low level use all year round

The above refers to general use, not high level mountain use, i.e. 4 season sleeping bags are sometimes not suitable for winter expeditions. Please call 01925 411 385 to speak with a member of the CheapTents.com's expert team for more information on which sleeping bag is most suited for your needs if you have any doubt.

Sleeping Bag Materials

The Filling: Its purpose is to trap air and prevent its circulation. The air is heated by your body and because it is retained around you, provides the warmth necessary to keep you comfortable whilst you sleep.

Down Sleeping Bags: Nature's own is still the best sleeping bag insulating material. It is lightweight with excellent loft (fluffs up well to trap air) and is extremely compressible to give a small pack size. Down has excellent "drape" properties, settling around the body and eliminating the drafty gaps sometimes left by stiffer synthetics. However, down is a poor performer when wet, unlike some polyester fibres which resist moisture well. Down sleeping bags also tend to be more expensive.

Synthetic Sleeping Bags: Heavier, bulkier and with a much shorter life-span than down, yet cheaper, easier to clean and the best choice for wet conditions where it still offers reasonable insulation. Synthetic fillings are made up of polyester fibres of various construction. The most common is 'hollowfibre' where short tubular fibres have a hollow centre for trapping air, giving good insulating properties and reducing weight.

'Kontrol', from the UK manufacturer John Cotton is a latest innovation giving small pack size but high loft capabilities for sleeping bags. NB: The weight of filling in a sleeping bag is not an accurate indicator of its thermal performance as the quality of fillings vary. A high-quality sleeping bag filling may cost a bit more but gives a better warmth to weight ratio.

Shell Fabrics: These hold the sleeping bags filling in place. A close weave on the outer helps repel water/wind penetration as well as keeping the filling in. Probably the most common fabric used today is a lightweight nylon which also offers low bulk. In some instances this will be Ripstop on the outer. This means it incorporates a reinforced, fiber mesh to prevent tearing and, because of the increased strength gained, an even lighter material can be used. Some nylon sleeping bag shells are coated to make them more water resistant, yet still allow the body to 'breath'. 'Pertex' fabric also does this. In addition it wicks moisture away from the body to keep you dry.

Occasionally cotton is used as a lining, as this is very comfortable to sleep in but the penalty is extra bulk and weight and it is slower to dry. In some bags, a metalised layer is incorporated between the filling and shell to reflect back body heat. This can improve the performance of a bag by up to 15%.

Sleeping Bag Construction

There are various methods of keeping the filling in place.

Stitched Through Sleeping Bags: Quilting holds the filling in channels or baffles. However, you get cold spots along the stitch lines so this method is unsuitable for cold weather bags.

Double Layer Offset: As above but using 2 layers. Offsetting the quilting helps eliminate the problem of cold spots in your sleeping bag.

Profile: A 'no stitch through' construction which produces 30% extra loft. Special resins enable the insulating fibres to support themselves inside the sleeping bag, without the need for any quilting. This means no stitch lines, and hence, no cold spots.

Sleeping Bag Features

Sleeping Bag Zips: Allow for easy access and, as all our zips are of the '2-way' type, there is an option to open the foot of the bag for ventilation on warm nights giving more flexibility to the upper temperature rating. As a zip creates a cold spot, all of them have a zip baffle - a tube of insulation that backs the zip and ensures you stay warm inside. All of our zipped bags are available with either left or right hand zips. If you wish to zip 2 bags together, get one of each. Otherwise, we recommend a left hand zip for right hand users and a right hand zip for left hand users. Our zips have an anti-snagging feature to prevent them 'catching' either the baffle or the bag edges.

Sleeping Bag Hoods: All our sleeping bags have tailored hoods adjusted by drawcord.

Neck Baffles: This insulated collar is to be found on most of our sleeping bags. A drawcord brings this snugly around you ensuring no cold drafts down the back of the neck.

Box Foot: Here, the foot section is created by a circular piece of insulated fabric, creating a 'mummy' shape which gives plenty of room for the feet.

Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks: Most sleeping bags come with a stuff sac for easy transport. Most incorporate compression straps to reduce pack size.

IMPORTANT: Storage

When not in use, your sleeping bag should be stored loose. Continual compression is bad for the filling and will reduce the life of your sleeping bag. Cumulus down sleeping bags are sold with a storage sack as well as a compression sack.

About the Author

CheapTents.com - Camping Equipment Shop
Ben McKay, CheapTents.com Marketing Dept.
Tel: (UK) 01925 411 385, Email: tents@cheaptents.com

Online Camping Equipment Shop, selling tents, rucksacks, outdoor clothing, sleeping bags, walking boots, climbing equipment, and providing advice to outdoor sports and camping enthusiasts for almost 20 years.



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