Wild camping in the winter

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

Let’s be honest, camping in the winter isn’t for everyone. And that is exactly what is so joyous about it. Campsites are closed, fair-weather holidaymakers are snuggled up inside their centrally heated homes … and those of us who know the true wonders of being outdoors at this time of year have all the prime spots to ourselves. If you are one of the hardy bushcraft fans who isn’t put off by a spot of cold weather, this post is for you.

Equipment is king

The absolute key to wild camping in the winter is having the right gear. No one wants a miserable night spent wondering if you are about to lose your toes to frostbite. Take only the essentials and choose your kit wisely.

1. Small tent

This isn’t an occasion for your full family tent with the porch and a separate living area. Make sure you only go as big as you need so that your body heat will be enough to warm the space and give you a good night’s sleep, which means opting for a small tent as far as possible.

2. Other sleeping equipment

A good sleeping bag is a must-have for winter wild camping. Choose one that is both warm and lightweight – you burn extra calories when it is cold, so you don’t want to be carrying any unnecessary weight. A sleeping mat is a good idea too to raise you off the cold ground.

3. Good socks

Another vital piece of equipment? Socks. Remember the frost-bitten toes? Heavyweight merino wool socks are the way to go in the wintertime. Bring an extra pair for sleeping so that you have some that are dry and warm for the night.

4. Cooking equipment

You are going to want a hot meal, especially if you are foraging or fishing and want to cook your catch. Choose light, folding outdoor cooking equipment that won’t weigh you down or take up too much space in your pack.

5. Water bottle

Even in the cold, it is important to stay well-hydrated while exploring the great outdoors. Make sure you have a water bottle with a decent capacity.

6. Carrying equipment

It won’t matter how carefully you have chosen the rest of your gear if you don’t have the right bag to carry it all in. Choose a pack that fits everything you need but no more – you don’t want to be tempted into adding extra weight unnecessarily. A waterproof bag or two is useful to keep your valuables (and those spare socks) dry in wet weather.

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