Episode 47 Making It Better with Outdoor Vitals

Outdoor Vitals was created by Tayson Whittaker with $500 and a mountain of passion.

On this episode of The By Land Podcast, I talk with Tayson about why he started an outdoor gear company and what makes his product offerings unique. We also dive into the world of hammock camping and root out all the misconceptions that might be out there about how valid choosing a hammock over a tent might be.

If you’re interested in learning about new brands, good people, and new ways to backpack, then this episode should satisfy that itch pretty good.




By Land,

Emory R. Wanger



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Show Notes

  • Introductions

  • Origin story of Outdoor Vitals

  • Sorting out outdoor products on Amazon

  • Fixing previous bad experiences with better gear

  • Sleep systems

  • What it’s like getting into ultra light gear

  • Design principles 

  • Intro to hammocking - everything explained

  • Pads versus under quilts

  • Pitch time

  • Hanging distances

  • Hammock camping for hunters

  • Advice to new backpackers

  • How to find Outdoor Vitals