Although the trip to southern Sweden was not a success, I still learned a lot. One of the things I learned was about the gear that I brought. A couple of months ago I decided to get everything new. The last couple of weeks I decided not to that. Most important reason is that because I’m not that experienced, it’s hard to know what you really need.
I already head a number of things. A backpack (45 litres), walking shoes, socks, air mattress, sleeping bag, shorts and some small items. I still had to buy the rest of the gear. For a multiple day hike the most important thing I needed was a tent. I did some research and there are lot of tents. At the end of the search I ended up with a Sierra Designs Lightning 2 tent.
First of all, the design of this tent, and most of the SD tents is a bit different then other manufacturers. For this tent, the poles are on the outside, which also means it is a freestanding tent. It’s also very easy to setup your tent. You’re done in 5 minutes. This can be helpfull when you’re setting up the tent at a difficult place. I’m tall, almost 2 metres and this tent is a bit higher then normal, it’s about 110 cm. Other tents are 90 or 100 cm high. It’s not an expensive tent, which is also a positive thing. Check out the Sierra Designs website for more information.
The only disadvantage I found with the tent that the inner tent is only at the beginning. When you accidentally hit the outer tent at the end, your feet will get a bit wet. The 45 litre backpack was too small, so I will have to get a new one. Also, the air mattress I brought with me is too heavy and the sleeping bag was too big. So I learned I have to spend quite a bit of money to get the right gear.