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Old 02-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #1696
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I want a tunnel tent. But see the advantages of a self standing tent too. I wanna stretch out when I sleep. And a small packed up size. I want cheap, but good quality. I guess I want it all.
We have a Hilleberg Keron 3 and it's an absolutely awesome tent when you are on longer trips where you can get foul weather. Even for hiking trips in harsh conditions it's great as long as you are okay with 2kg per person (you can fit three, but it better be a loving threesome ).

The good things about it are:

- long enough for tall people (2.2m without any slope at heads or feet)
- wide enough for two people plus motorcycle clothing
- two large vestibules (one for entry / exit, one for gear, two cases, boots)
- incredibly stable in foul weather
- very good ventilation
- rain fly (outer tent) can be set up first (important in hard rain)
- outer tent goes all the way to the ground (important in cold weather)
- incredibly tear resistent
- very well thought out
- inner tent can be pitched alone

Bad things are:

- incredibly expensive
- not self-standing

We use the Keron for motorcycle trips (two persons), hiking in unpredictable weather, longer camping trips (because of space).


We also have a MSR Hubba Hubba which has the following advantages:

- light (2kg)
- long enough for taller people (2.1m)
- inner tent can be easily pitched alone
- self standing
- two vestibules for backpacks, gear
- good ventilation (incredible with just inner tent - mesh)

Downsides:

- smallish for two
- mesh inner tent, therefore can be cold in cold nights
- some things are a bit cheap


We use this tent mainly for hiking or when we are in areas where the ground is much easier for a self standing tent. I'll use it when I'm on bike trips alone or when we are really space / weight constraint.

REI had a special for the MSR a few weeks back where it was sold for $169 (normally around $300). We got our's then.

I can really recommend the Hubba Hubba, great little tent, very lightweight and easy to set up. Still just enough room for two.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #1697
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Camping in a hack...

...this was for one night, but could've just as easily been for a week. All the room in the sidecar just makes it too damn easy

En route to camp:


Bailey:


Campsite on the Alabama River:


Campfire surfin':


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Old 02-07-2011, 05:53 PM   #1698
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Hey GSBS, I see two tents inthe pic of campsite, does you dog snore that bad?
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:22 PM   #1699
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...this was for one night, but could've just as easily been for a week. All the room in the sidecar just makes it too damn easy

En route to camp:


Bailey:


Campsite on the Alabama River:


Campfire surfin':


Campfire canine:

What make model is the tan colored tent? Saw one a few years ago at a rally and want one.

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:59 PM   #1700
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What make model is the tan colored tent? Saw one a few years ago at a rally and want one.

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thats an MSR Velo, long discontinued. Very expensive, even used. But totally awesome. The vestibule is just about, if not bigger (depending on the year of the tent) than the tent itself. Two people can sit in there on Kermit chairs with panniers or a table in between and be out of the weather.

A little big and heavy compared to to a lightweight tent but considering it's a bike thats carrying it who cares.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:33 PM   #1701
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Hey GSBS, I see two tents inthe pic of campsite, does you dog snore that bad?
Another (human) buddy was along. This was a first test run for Bailey camping. She did very well indeed! Only heard one sound from her... after setting up I started to the hack to get a load of wood for the fire and she cried a little bit. Guess she was scar't I was going to leave her.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:37 PM   #1702
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Can't beat the Velo, IMO

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What make model is the tan colored tent? Saw one a few years ago at a rally and want one.

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Yep... been using this one hard for over 4 years now. Nary a problem or a leak. I average camping about 3 nights a month year-round.

I stuff mine into a compression bag and pack stakes and poles separately. Tent and fly are around 8 pounds and compress to about the size of a volleyball.

And yes, these have been discontinued a couple of years now.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:39 AM   #1703
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4000 mile 12 day trip to The Smokey Mountains 2 years ago..heading there again in a few months...might pack lighter!!
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:01 AM   #1704
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4000 mile 12 day trip to The Smokey Mountains 2 years ago..heading there again in a few months...might pack lighter!!
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Get yourself some good straps and you can probably save about 5 pounds worth of bungee cords.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:56 AM   #1705
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4000 mile 12 day trip to The Smokey Mountains 2 years ago..heading there again in a few months...might pack lighter!!
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Get yourself some good straps and you can probably save about 5 pounds worth of bungee cords.[/QUOTE]
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #1706
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Get yourself some good straps and you can probably save about 5 pounds worth of bungee cords.
And maybe an eye too.

Rex, you're carrying way too much crap. did you do the battery "out" mod to get more storage under the seat? That gives you a helluva lot of room, by the looks I'd say around 20 or so liters.

Also, bungee on a zipper pull is not the best idea.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #1707
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Nice tent, did you set it up on those folks or did they crawl underneath?


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520kg, including driver and passenger.

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Old 02-09-2011, 06:26 AM   #1708
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And maybe an eye too.

Rex, you're carrying way too much crap. did you do the battery "out" mod to get more storage under the seat? That gives you a helluva lot of room, by the looks I'd say around 20 or so liters.

Also, bungee on a zipper pull is not the best idea.

It is called a Ted's battery out kit, and yes bike has it. This trip was 4,000 miles 12 states, and I camped every night. Nothing fell off, had everything I needed, and then some........did manage to melt by bags on the muffler though..
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:50 PM   #1709
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Helen 2 Wheels bags. Set up for a three day trip. The bags packed larger than I thought, however they strapped nicely to the bike and made a great backrest.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:20 PM   #1710
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Helen 2 Wheels bags. Set up for a three day trip. The bags packed larger than I thought, however they strapped nicely to the bike and made a great backrest.
Man, other people go on a three year trip with that amount of luggage ...

Looks nice and clean though.
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