2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Tents and Shelters

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types of shelters used, tent use with significant others and dogs, tarp sizes for hammocks and tarps alone, and the top brands and models of shelter systems. For the details, keep reading, or skip to the TL;DR at the end. 365 hikers participated in the survey, all of whom had walked a section or thru-hike of the AT in 2019. Almost three quarters (70%) were thru-hikers and the rest were section hikers. For more details on the hiker demographics, check out our post with general information from the survey. Per usual, the majority of hikers used tents, while about a tenth of hikers used hammocks. All other forms of shelters were only rarely used. Due to confusion in previous years about what we meant by “hybrid” tents, we included a category for “trekking pole tents” this year and left out the hybrid category. The vast majority of people who hiked with a significant other used tents (89.3%), including hybrid/trekking pole tents. (Keep in mind that more than one person from a couple might have completed the surve...

Kammok Introduces New Mantis™ and Mantis UL™ to Elevated Camping Gear Line

Austin, TX. (February 12, 2019) — Kammok, designer of high-performance outdoor gear for elevated camping, is excited to announce the newest addition to their lineup: the Mantis™ and Mantis UL™ all-in-one hammock systems. The Mantis™ all-in-one hammock includes a lightweight body, removable bug net and integrated rainfly for a lighter, more comfortable shelter on the trail. The Mantis™ and its ultralight twin, the Mantis UL™, bring the highest quality materials and hardware to the backcountry including Gravitas™ 40D nylon diamond ripstop, Levitas 20D nylon diamond ripstop, and Dragonet™ mesh for easy-pack protection from all the elements. The Mantis™ weighs less than 3 pounds and the Mantis UL™ weighs less than 2 pounds, making both lighter then most 1-person tents and offering backpackers a more comfortable sleep off the ground. Mantis™ $229 MSRP / $189 Kickstarter, Mantis UL™ $259 MSRP / $219 Kickstarter The Mantis™ and Mantis UL™ feature the highest weight-to-strength ratio of any in their category with generous weight capacities supported by secure suspension. The Mantis™ and Mantis UL™ feature knotless suspension systems that take camp setup from ten minutes to 60 seconds. T...