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Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Tent Backpackers have similar needs as motorcyclists: gear that packs small, holds up and does its job. Colorado-based Big Agnes makes excellent backpacking gear, and if you like to travel ultra-light, its Fly Creek HV UL2 two-person tent ($389.95; packed weight: 2 lbs., 5 oz.) is a great choice. It's easy to set up and includes a rain fly (that actually works). As with any tent, we recommend buying one size bigger than you need; for example, one person would need a two-person tent, which allows you enough room inside to stash your riding gear. bigagnes.com Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm Max Sleeping Pad & NeoAir Mini Pump Therm-A-Rest has been specializing in backpacking air mattresses since 1972. Its NeoAir XTherm Max ($199.95) packs down to the size of a 1-liter water bottle, but inflates to offer 2.5 inches of plush comfort, and its ThermaCapture insulating layers keep you warm on the chilliest nights. You could blow it up manually, but why waste the energy when the tiny NeoAir Mini Pump ($39.95), which fits in the palm of your hand, can do the job for you? thermarest.com Katabatic Gear Palisade 30-Degree Sleeping Quilt We've struggled with sleeping bags that twist us into knots, but we found relief with the lightweight Palisade 30-degree down sleeping quilt. Its unique design has an enclosed footbox that opens up to wrap over and around your upper body, allowing for more freedom of movement than traditional bags. A patented cord system allows you to attach it to any sleeping pad, helping it stay in place even if you toss and turn. The Palisade is available in multiple sizes and fills, starting at $445. katabaticgear.com TOURING TIPS Motorcycle Camping Gear Guide www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 94 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02

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