Choosing the right Down Quilt

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Nunatak has 2 principal lines of general backcountry down quilts: The Arc UL and the Arc Element.In short the Arc UL is lighter with more sizing options, utilizing top shelf materials.The Arc Element is less expensive and not as customizable.

Designing with Down

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Down is comprised of thousands of individual clusters. The expanded clusters cling loosely together and form a mat of insulation. The trapped air inside this mat is what keeps us warm. What can go wrong? Well, besides moisture infiltration, mishandling and age - there are also a few other things that needs to be in place for a quilt to be effective. Some of these are related to design.

Traction devices for ultralight backpackers

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Snow is back! Spectacular amounts fell this winter and spring in the Sierra. The hiking season, especially for PCT’ers and JMT’ers, will revolve around high country snowpack, swollen creeks and the difficulties inflicted on backpackers.What to do? First off, be careful. Steep snow takes experience to navigate. Steep hard snow, melted and refrozen thru the many warm sunny days and cold nights typical of California summers, takes even more

Quilt Comparison Chart

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Nunatak Quilt Comparison Chart

Thoughts on the practical application of UL gear

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Ultralight backpacking - a moniker defining, among other things, the upper weight limit of one's base equipment (everything carried minus food and water). As an example, some sources state a UL kit must be below 10 lbs.

Backpacking Route Project: Moab West Side Monster Loop

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For a while now I have toyed with the idea of a really big cross country loop starting and ending in or near Moab (where Nunatak HQ is located!).With inspiration from many shorter trips over the years, confirming water sources and sketchy passages, the pieces are now starting to fall in place. However there's still 'blank' spots on my map.

Nunatak Products Divided Into Performance Categories

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Customizing a Nunatak product to one's specific needs start with a simple choice of one of the performance categories. This article will briefly explain what this means.

Advanced Desert Travel, and Water Issues.

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Backcountry travel in the desert presents one with the unique, but serious issue of available water. Whether backpacking, ultra running or bikepacking the need to have adequate water to survive is ever-present.

Shelters, Sleeping Bags and Condensation

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The Ultralight revolution, now ages old and rapidly going mainstream, fostered a slew of innovations. One of these is the single wall shelter.

Down Filled Survival Blanket

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Nano: A tapered rectangular backcountry comforter made with gossamer light fabrics and high fill power goose down.
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