With a growing family, gear reporter Caitlin is looking for something to withstand the havoc of a 2 year old.

The Hotcore Mantis 2 tent was perfect for video reporter Brad's canoe trips. Even during the unsettled weather, he stayed dry and comfortable.

Deanna talks about the Roma 200, a womens-specific sleeping bag (although truth be told, shorter guys might want to check it out too!).


Just a quick note to compliment you on the Mantis 2 tent – I used it recently at a fairly high elevation with wet snow overnight and it held up really well. Then just last week I hiked with a friend and we used his (more expensive) tent, the difference was really noticeable, as we again had wet snow and the tent did not handle it well. Given the much larger dimensions of the Mantis in every aspect, I am happy to pack an extra few pounds. You have created a very good tent at an extremely reasonable price point.

~ Bernie, backpacking in Cathedral Park, BC


Let me start by saying I absolutely love your product, I’ve ranted about it to all my hiking friends! I have used my hotcore T-200 two times since I bought it last year, each time with great success. High quality product, and excellent customer service.

~ Marshall – Edmonton, Alberta


I am currently on my second Hotcore sleeping bag. I gave my last one to my significant other so we could zip up together. Yes Hotcore is a bit of a joke between us now.
Your product lives up to it’s temperature rating and the size/ weight ratio is outstanding. Basically I am taking a moment to say that you guys are doing such an outstanding job I felt the need to give you all an internet beer (B) because you deserve it.
Keep up the good work!

~ Neil – Vancouver, British Columbia


Hi guys! Just bought a sleeping bag yesterday – a -20C green rectangular one (R-300), and man am I pleased with it! I’m just under 6ft tall, 120 lbs, and as a tall, skinny, adventuresome woman, could not find a sleeping bag that fit my body anywhere! You guys rock; this is just what I’m looking for!

​~ Suzanne – Burnaby, British Columbia


I just return from a 2 week hunting adventure in Northern BC. I can’t say enough about my R-300 sleeping bag. It kept me warm on the coldest nights, even when the water bucket froze solid and comfortable / not too hot on the warmer nights. Outstanding value and as good an all-around sleeping bag as I have ever owned.

~ Neil, Salmon Arm, BC


Hey Guys! Just wanted to say I love the T-200 sleeping bag! I just used it on the West Coast Trail for 6 days and was warm for the whole trip.

~ Chandler, Victoria BC


Just thought I’d drop a note saying what an incredible product you’ve made. I bought a Fatboy 400 for a winter camp with my Scout troop. Got to camp and realized I’d forgotten my sleeping mat. So all I had was my old wool army blanket to put between me and the snow. I’ll admit it took about an hour, but it slept the night almost too warm for the -20C night. The ground was hard, no mistake, but I was warmer than I can remember being sleeping on what was basically a wool-covered sheet of ice.

As a fan of winter camping, I look forward to many warm and comfortable nights in the bush. Thank you for making such a great product.

~ Ian – Okotoks, Alberta

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Mantis 2

Mantis 2

This simple-setup, two-person tent offers a lot of bang for your buck: oodles of venting, multiple interior pockets, twin doors/vestibules and a mesh gear loft. Slim-packing and only 2.8 kilograms, it’s backpack- or kayak-ready. (And I love supporting Canadian companies.)

~ David Webb – Explore Magazine Summer 2016

T-100 Sleeping Bag


At a thrifty $80, the Hotcore T-100 sleeping bag punches well above its price weight. The quality of design and manufacturing is impressive from this Canadian company. The insulation is siliconized Trueloft microfibre and you get a double layer of it around the core area, between the neck and belt line. Unlike down sleeping bags, the T-100 is not afraid of wet environments. I think it is ideally suited for the shoulder-season boating and kayaking. The bag is rated to 0°C, weighs 1.2 kg and comes with a compression sack.

~ Arran Yates – Explore Magazine

Wingman Tarp


Tarps make campsites better-like this three-metre-area, seam-taped, waterproof­coated, 75D polyester unit from Canadian company Hotcore. It comes ready to hoist with six high-viz guy-lines and two grom­mets, and at just 600 grams it’s good for car-camping or backcountry excursions.

~ Explore Magazine

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This lightweight tent is a great buy at a great price offering room and versatility all while only taking a small space in your pack.

~ Evan Holt,


We purchased the bag this summer as a ‘test’ bag, and are so happy with it that we would like to replace a few more for next summer, and the Hotcore is a great size, particularly if air travel is also involved.

​~ Anne – Surrey, British Columbia


This last weekend I did some winter camping and I needed a sleeping bag. The temperature was still pretty high so I went with your Fatboy 200. I am 6 foot and 350 lbs. It is hard for me to find a sleeping bag that fits. I stumbled across this bag and thought I would give it a try. I have to say there was plenty of room inside this bag for me to sleep in any position. I am so glad I found your product.

~ Alan – Mississauga, Ontario

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