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Old 07-21-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Laugh Your favorite tent?

Hey everyone! I've yet to invest in a good solid tent but plan on doing a lot of camping with my little Savage 650. I'm hoping for something small (1 to 2 persons), easy to put up at night and also packs away real tiny. There are a ton of options out there but if you guys could let me know your favorites from experience I'd be real happy for the recommendation! Thanks!
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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Be prepared for an onslaught of "this is what I use and I love it" answers.

Sierra designs make a good product, worth checking out. It's a hard compromise to get room, comfort and small packing in one item. You will have to sacrifice something.

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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I'm ready for the slaughter! Tell me what you love peoples! But please tell me at least a little bit about why.. I'm counting on your experience to help me make a good investment.

Growing up my family had Eureka tents but I have only owned cheapo creepo $30 walmart tents myself and I'm ready to spend some decent money for my first big girls tent! I just don't want to get it and realize its not what I needed at all
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:28 PM   #4
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http://www.rei.com/product/754769


This is what i use and love it...



My back-up is an eureka two person tent that i've had for about ten years. It has been on fire once and still waterproof!!

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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I've been using this tent from Eureka for over 10 years



My main reason for buying it is that the rain fly actually covers the entire tent. It can get a little warm at times, but I've yet to get wet inside.



I think this model was only sold in sporting goods stores, as I've never found it online



I saw a similar tent the other day at a store. It looks very much like my Eureka. The rain fly fabric did not look as good but the rest of the tent looked ok. It was about $110 cheaper than what I paid for my tent.
It was a Pacific Crest Rainier II
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:38 AM   #6
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I think this question couls have various answers depending on part of the country, and time of the year. You didn't give us much to go on.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:21 PM   #7
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http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/...0226_200368487

You set the criteria and the site shows the selections available.
Choices/categories down the leftside of the page.
This is the lead page for backpacking tents, which is what you want.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:02 PM   #8
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I think this question couls have various answers depending on part of the country, and time of the year. You didn't give us much to go on.
Well pardon me Mr Grumpy pants! I'm just looking for the bestest most well rounded tent. I would love something that could work in the early spring through the late fall and something that would work up in Northern Michigan or the Southwest. I know such different conditions could be better met with different tents but I would love to have something that would "work" decently for either situation AND something that travels well. My bike is small and I plan to travel as light as possible so something that packs up easily and small is ideal please. Are there any other specifications that would help with a good reco?
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/...0226_200368487

You set the criteria and the site shows the selections available.
Choices/categories down the leftside of the page.
This is the lead page for backpacking tents, which is what you want.
Thanks for the tip - I've been through a number of these sites and looked at about 1000 tents and I'm just hoping for some personal recommendations at this point. I've seen a few that look really good but what do I know? I've only had cheapo tents til now! What do I know of rain covers and what materials tears and break easily and what's hard to put up in the dark? I want your experience please!
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:34 AM   #10
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Thanks for the tip - I've been through a number of these sites and looked at about 1000 tents and I'm just hoping for some personal recommendations at this point. I've seen a few that look really good but what do I know? I've only had cheapo tents til now! What do I know of rain covers and what materials tears and break easily and what's hard to put up in the dark? I want your experience please!
You probably want a free-standing dome tent.
You probably want a tent with aluminum poles.
You probably want a 2-3 person size tent.

All of these tents listed will be high quality.
It's now simply person preferences.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:00 AM   #11
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I really enjoy my Eureka El Capitan AC 2. It's a good all around tent, durable and fairly inexpensive.

I posted some info and pics in another thread:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=45

Entire thread thread:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446106

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Old 07-23-2010, 08:07 AM   #12
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Lightweight, packable tent. Solid and easy to put up. For solo motorcycle trips or two person backpacking, this is the tent I use-
http://mountainhardwear.com/Product....2059&prod=3958

Currently cheap here:
http://www.o2gearshop.com/catalog/pr...=10853&cPath=1
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:13 AM   #13
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This one packs small for the room it offers. The weight isn't too bad either. The interior height is better than most in the price range.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:15 AM   #14
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+1 on the Sierra Designs tent. I've been using my SD dome for a long time and it is great. Only two poles so its easy to set up. My issue with tents is the heat, not the cold and my SD has really good ventalation--great for summer camping.

Oh yeah and of course I pack it on a bike. I wouldn't sweat about getting the smallest tent for motorcycle camping. After all, YOU don't have to carry it!!
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:01 AM   #15
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MSR Hubba one-man tent is easy to put up/take down and although snug, has enough room for me.
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