Just went on a 2 night backpacking trip, and got to fully test some more gear.
The D.light solar led lantern is a fantastic piece of equipment.
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It was developed through Stanford as a part of an effort to deliver super affordable alternative technologies to poor countries, such as artificial light. This super handy solar lantern provides 8 hours of light on about 8 hours of charging, and is very bright for the size of the led bulb. It's plenty of light to see around camp or for a small room. It weight next to nothing, but is pretty durable. It charges very efficiently from what I can tell, and I will be taking it with me on every camping/backpacking trip from now on instead of a flashlight (the bottom of the lantern focuses the light into a beam too).
I've also found a collapsible water container to be indispensably useful, like the 5 gallon ones they sell at walmart. I do believe it is prone to leaking small amounts of water, and I'm pretty sure it's from the opening, and not the container itself. However, I don't have confidence in how long the plastic will remain hole free, though it is very good in pliability and compactibility.
The kukri: it's an awesome chopper for live wood, not enough for dry dead wood though, at least not the kinds I found locally. It's also a really good hammer, particularly for driving tent stakes into the ground.
Survival blanket: I found this to be rather useful for retaining heat in my hammock. Hammocks have a known issue of allowing the surrounding air to rapidly sap heat away from your body by directly contacting the hammock (conduction). I found it doesn't really matter how many layers I have on, the compression still allows for heat to be conducted away from my body through the hammock, even when a "space technology" emergency blanket is placed in between. So, I improvised an alternative solution by attaching the blanket to the bottom of the hammock on the outside, thereby allowing body heat to be reflected back and helping to block wind/air flow without the body coming into direct contact with it.
It actually worked, and would work a lot better after tweaking it to properly fit the design of the hammock. The asymetrical shape and the bottom entry make fitting it to the bottom problematic, and so I ended up having only about 2/3 of the bottom covered. Lo and behold, that night my upper body was actually WARM, while my feet/legs (not getting the emergency blanket treatment) were just as frozen as the night before. I was impressed by how such a small adjustment with such a measly piece of equipment made such a big difference. I was using a $7 space age blanket from Sport's Authority, supposedly better than cheap walmart versions, reporting to reflect back 90% of bodyheat.