Kayaking in Greenland with Martin Rickard
"Two smaller bags took up about the same space as my old bag, but were considerably easier to pack … I was very impressed with the system. It’s now so obvious - I can't believe it's taken me 30 years to apply this layering principle to my sleeping system."
Technical Note: Kayakers really value compact gear, but the same applies to the rucksack on your back. Whether you're headed for an ultralight camp, a trek or a high peak, it doesn't always make sense to fill your pack with a big sleeping bag.
Martin Rickard on using a PHD Sleep System:
For the past eight years I have been guiding sea kayak expeditions on the east coast of Greenland ...
Previously I have used to good effect a 4 season expedition bag. However, its biggest shortcoming was that it required significant effort to stuff it into suitable dry bags. It also took up a considerable amount of space in the kayak's watertight compartment ...
So after discussions with Peter Elliott at PHD, I switched systems and this past summer used the PHD Minimus and PHD Minim Overbag sleeping bags.
Immediately the benefits became obvious. Two smaller bags took up about the same space as my old bag, but were considerably easier to pack into dry bags each morning. Stowing them in separate compartments reduced the chance of them both getting wet and made packing the kayak much easier with less wasted space.