I came across an article in the Sydney Morning Herald this week called "Natural choice for tough times". Full article can be found here .
One sentence jumped out at me in this article and it was ''For less than $100 you can get a tent, a sleeping bag and a mat that you can then use for years".
I would like to know where the author shops for his camping gear because I know quality costs (incidentally, the picture of the author that accompanies the article shows him outside a Black Wolf Tent - and that is definitely not under $100).
A good tent is an investment and its going to cost a little more than $100. Likewise, sleeping mats and sleeping bags need to be of a good quality. Skimp on these basics, and you might have a miserable time ahead of you should the weather become inclement.
Of course, everyone needs to start somewhere with their camping gear....and not for a minute, am I suggesting you go and buy the very best on the market, but when it comes to the basics - tent, sleeping bag and mats - cheaper items might just fail you when you need them most.