Building a business is a learning experience and in my short time as a filmmaker, I have learned a lot of lessons and made a lot of mistakes. The goal of this website is to help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made along the way by giving you a behind-the-scenes look into some of our productions.

Shelter & Sleeping

At the base of any good camp is a solid tent to keep not only your gear dry but also yourself. I have went through a variety of tents in my time in the outdoors and each time I realize the importance of buying quality products. Further to this, because I travel extensively and enjoy backpacking, I have looked for new, lightweight solutions. Here are my current go-to tents.

Big Anges UL2

ul2Comments:  My first introduction to lightweight tenting was the UL2. The UL2 is insanely light at under 3 lbs. The build quality is top notch and makes this my go-to for any situation when not needing a larger tent.

Buy from REI | $430

Description: With a trail weight of 2 lbs. 12 oz., the updated Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent lets you and a friend enjoy a gossamer-light load and plenty of living space on your 3-season adventures. Two doors and two vestibules provide private entrances and gear storage for each person; stormflaps protect vestibule zippers.

Light yet strong, DAC Featherlite® NSL poles are anodized without the use of harmful acids. Double hub/pole design and DAC Twist Clips makes setup quick and easy; DAC H clip attaches tent body to cross pole. Crossover pole provides roominess up high. Lightweight fabric has a high thread count and double twisted thread for strength and durability. Opposing mesh doors provide good cross ventilation. Rainfly and floor are made from extremely light silicone-treated ripstop nylon with a waterproof polyurethane coating. All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape.

Reflective guy-line and reflective webbing on tent corners enhance nighttime visibility. Interior mesh pockets keep your gear organized and up off the tent floor; includes gear loft loops. Includes stuff sacks and eight super-light aluminum J-stakes. For a lightweight setup during nice weather leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes. Footprint (sold separately) extends the life of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear.

Big Agnes UL2 Footprint

ul2 footprintComments: Footprints keep your tent protected from the elements. Although a bit pricer, it is critical to protect your tent investment.

Buy from REI | $70

Description: Protect your Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 tent’s floor from wear and abrasion with this nylon taffeta footprint. Sized to fit so that it prevents pooling of water under tent during wet weather. Webbing stake-outs at tent corners provide easy attachment.

Big Agnes UL3

ul3Comments: The UL3 is a great tent when you need a bit more room when camping. With the same light-weight footprint as the UL2, it makes it the perfect backpacking shelter option.

Buy from REI | $500

Description: With a trail weight of 3 lbs. 10 oz., the updated Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 tent lets 3 friends enjoy a gossamer-light load and plenty of living space on 3-season adventures. Two doors and two vestibules provide easy access and shared storage areas; storm-flaps protect vestibule zippers. Light yet strong, DAC Featherlite® NSL poles are anodized without the use of harmful acids. Double hub/pole design and DAC Twist Clips makes setup quick and easy; DAC H clip attaches tent body to cross pole. Crossover pole provides roominess up high.

Lightweight fabric has a high thread count and double twisted thread for strength and durability. Opposing mesh doors provide good cross ventilation. Rainfly and floor are made from extremely light silicone-treated ripstop nylon with a waterproof polyurethane coating. All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape. Interior mesh pockets keep your gear organized and up off the tent floor; includes gear loft loops. Reflective guy-line and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility.

Includes stuff sacks and eight super-light aluminum J-stakes. For a lightweight setup during nice weather leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes. Footprint (sold separately) extends the life of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear.

Big Agnes UL3 Footprint

UL3 footprintComments: Footprints keep your tent protected from the elements. Although a bit pricer, it is critical to protect your tent investment.

Buy from REI | $80

Description: Use this coated nylon taffeta footprint underneath your Copper Spur UL 3 tent to protect its floor from wear and abrasion. Sized to fit so that it prevents pooling of water under tent during wet weather. Webbing stake-outs at tent corners provide easy attachment.

Sleeping Bags


Here are my go-to sleeping bags.

When it comes to sleeping bags, it isn’t a one size fits all. Based on the climate, you will want to make sure to pick the best bag for these conditions to not only stay warm but also to stay dry. Further to this, there are two types of bags you can buy – down filled and synthetic. The more you pay for a bag, the lighter it will be. When it comes to buying a bag, look at it as an investment. If you have any plans of backpacking, every ounce counts so the lighter the better.

North Face Furnace

furnaceComments: A cold-weather workhorse. Although not the lightest bag, this is a great solution for 4 season camping. If temperatures run below zero, this bag is great at keeping you warm. One tip to keep you warm when it dips below the -15C bag rating is to use a water bottle filled with hot water to keep you warm. Further to this, you can look to add a bag insert to add an additional -10C for those extreme situations.

Buy from Manufacturer | $259

Description: Tackle brutally cold winter camping conditions with a water-resistant 550- fill ProDown™ insulated mummy bag that’s designed to provide thermal warmth in sub-zero temperatures. An anti-compression layer of synthetic Heatseeker™ eco insulation creates an insulated buffer against the cold ground on the underside of the bag.

Rab Infinity 300

RabComments: When it isn’t frigid out, this bag is a great solution (up to 0C). Not only does this bag keep you warm but it is well built as well with a lightweight design. It packs down to virtually nothing which has been great when traveling.

Buy from Manufacturer | $520

Description: The Infinity 300 is an ultralight-weight down sleeping bag, offering maximum warmth for minimum weight, ideal for fast and light activities such as adventure racing and mountain marathons.

Using ultralight-weight Pertex® Quantum GL inner and outer fabrics, the Infinity 300 weighs just 656g and contains 300g of the highest quality 850FP European Goose Down. A redesigned, trapezoidal vertical baffle design with Flowgate™ Technology, unique customized for Rab®, provides the most efficient warmth and minimizes pack size. Key technical features include an angle foot box, anti-snag zipper webbing tape and an internal collar and hood drawcord.

Big Agnes Saddle Mountain SL 15


Saddle Mountain SL 2Comments: 
I recently had the chance to test out this lovely bag and can say I was extremely impressed. Not only is it very lightweight (lighter than two lightweight bags), it also was big enough for two and made the couple camping experience that much better. With zippers on both ends and when paired with the Big Agnes mats, it is without question, the most luxurious camping I have done. It feels as if we were sleeping on a regular mattress versus a blow up camping mat. Although a bit pricier, I highly recommended the combo.

Buy from Manufacturer | $650

Description: The Doublewide Series eliminates the need to zip two bags together so there’s nothing keeping you apart from your cuddle bug. Enough options here in multiple weights and temperatures to fit any adventuring style, budget and season. The King Salomon has been updated for 2015 with 600 fill power Downtek™ insulation and Insotect Flow™ vertical baffles which keep the body heat moving efficiently next to your body for an even more comfortable snooze-fest.

Sleeping Pads


Here are my go-to sleeping pads.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad


thermorestComments: 
I have been using this 4 season solution for 4 years now and have yet to be disappointed. It inflates quickly and keeps you warm. 

Buy from REI | $200

Description: The 4-season XTherm Sleeping Pad delivers superb warmth-to-weight ratio with a soft, textured no-slip fabric for excellent next-to-skin comfort and a quieter rest. Patent-pending reflective layer returns heat back to your body and creates air pockets that conserve warmth, all without the bulk and weight of down and synthetic fills. 2.5-in. thickness, soft-touch fabrics and baffled internal structure provide unrivaled comfort, stability and support. Free of bulky, conventional insulating materials, the XTherm sleeping pad packs to the size of a 1-liter water bottle. Advanced materials and a tapered design reduce weight without compromising warmth. Stuff sack and repair kit included.

 

Big Agnes Q-Core SL Sleeping Pad


big agnes padComments: 
This solution is the most comfortable solution I have ever used when camping. It feels very close to a regular mattress and works well when used in conjunction with the Big Agnes double sleeping bag. The only downfall is that it takes a bit longer to inflate.

Buy from REI | $200

Description: This Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL (Superlight) sleeping pad blends supportive construction, synthetic insulation and lightweight fabrics for a comfortable sleeping surface on the cold, hard ground. Made from superlight ripstop nylon, this 3.5 in. thick deluxe inflatable pad packs down small, and is light and durable enough for backpacking. X-Static® synthetic insulation provides superior warmth and comfort; X-Static has antimicrobial properties that help keep odors at bay and enhance thermal regulation. Internal heat reflective polyurethane coating returns heat back to your body for additional warmth. Integrating vertical and horizontal tubes in the construction, this seam-welded pad provides consistent airflow for stability, support and smooth feel. For quick inflation/deflation, Big Anges Insulated Q-Core SL pad features an airtight, nonbreakable brass valve with plastic coated mouthpiece. Comes with a stuff sack and a repair kit.

 

Hammock


Here are my go-to hammocks.

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock

grand trunkComments: When looking for an ultra-lightweight solution (when a lightweight tent is not an option), using a hammock is a great solution. What I like about this product is that it is easy to setup and is big enough for two. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are camping in colder conditions, you will want an insulator to protect you from the wind. The wind will keep you cold if you do not protect the bottom of your hammock from the conditions.

Buy from Manufacturer | $70

Description: The do-it-all, hang-anywhere hammock. Enjoy the freedom to relax anywhere with this easy to hang, super packable parachute nylon hammock. Light weight and compressible to the size of a softball, with super durable parachute nylon that won’t let you down whether hiking, backpacking, at camp, in the backyard, beach, or park.

 

Chairs


Here are my go-to chairs for sitting around that warm campfire :).

Helinox Camp Chair

helionoxComments: When this product was released, I was extremely excited to try it out, especially when shooting a timelapse for extended periods of time. The engineering of this product has sparked a new revolution in lightweight camping chairs and has sparked a new wave of products. Highly recommended.

Buy from REI | $120

Description: Enjoy this simple, lightweight chair for a seriously comfortable backcountry experience or nice evening on the patio. It sets up quickly and easily, and offers great back and neck support.

 

Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat Pad


matComments: 
Having a pad to keep you dry is nice when you have the room. This is a cheap and lightweight solution that is a new addition to my kit introduced via Kristina Frost.

Buy from REI | $15

Description: Relax on rough terrain with the lightweight, compact Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat! Pack this portable foam padding for a comfortable, dry seat anywhere. Aluminized coating adds warmth when resting on rocks, wet logs and snowbanks. Durable, superlight closed-cell foam with an accordion-style design allows seat to fold up compactly. Lies flat and resists curling. R-value is 2.2.

 

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