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Old 02-23-2014, 03:26 PM   #13546
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So, yeah, 2008 690 Enduro with 979 miles. I bought it from the original owner who never registered it. I guess that will make me the original owner...



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Old 02-23-2014, 05:52 PM   #13547
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I have been toying with the idea of switching to a tarp instead of a tent for overnight rides. It just doesn't seem worthwhile for me to carry a tent to just lay down for the night, or sometimes just a few hours, when a tarp that will pack down to something the size of a softball will seem to do what I need. Questions: Has anyone else done this, will I hate not having a floor? Why in the hell do they cost as much as a tent? And is it worth the weight and space savings or should I stick with my tent. I can throw up my tent in about 5 minutes but packed its 2 feet long and 7-8 inches in diameter.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:28 PM   #13548
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It is the night you camp near water (like we did one night on the back side of the tetons) that the mosquitos will have you wishing you had a tent.

The damn things were so thick you couldn't stand outside without getting eaten alive.

Have you considered a bivvy? I have one that packs tiny a can keep me bug free.

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:32 PM   #13549
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The gear change I've been considering this year is one of those new zipperless sleeping bags.
This thing sure looks comfortable...

http://gearjunkie.com/sierra-designs...d-sleeping-bag



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Old 02-23-2014, 06:37 PM   #13550
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Hey Grub,
I've used just a tarp for shelter before and for a one-niter they're fine, they'll keep the dew/frost off in the morning. The ones Walli World has for $6 will work. comes in a 6"x6" stuff sack. Even a poncho would work. I wouldn't plan on useing one unless there's a good high pressure weather cycle going on though.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:54 PM   #13551
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Questions: Has anyone else done this, will I hate not having a floor? Why in the hell do they cost as much as a tent? And is it worth the weight and space savings or should I stick with my tent. I can throw up my tent in about 5 minutes but packed its 2 feet long and 7-8 inches in diameter.
When I was much younger, I wondered why anyone would want to mess with a tent.

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Old 02-23-2014, 07:02 PM   #13552
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GrizGirl got me hooked on a lightweight tent + fly + sleeping bag with pad that fit's into a backpack.

Visit REI or something like it and check out how small and light the stuff has become.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:10 PM   #13553
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The gear change I've been considering this year is one of those new zipperless sleeping bags.
This thing sure looks comfortable...
That does look pretty comfortable, I have been considering a Therma-Rest Alpine Down Blanket

I sleep pretty warm and I think this would work well for summer/fall trips. My sleeping bags are great for my late season elk camp but wow are they overkill for summer nights.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:15 PM   #13554
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Hey Grub,
I've used just a tarp for shelter before and for a one-niter they're fine, they'll keep the dew/frost off in the morning. The ones Walli World has for $6 will work. comes in a 6"x6" stuff sack. Even a poncho would work. I wouldn't plan on useing one unless there's a good high pressure weather cycle going on though.
Maybe I'll try one in Utah where there's no mosquitos

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When I was much younger, I wondered why anyone would want to mess with a tent.

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I've played the spider game and have woke up with a bag full of ants, hence the question about the floor

Thanks for the input guys, I guess if I packed my tent around on a couple different 650's I can probably do it on an 1100GS
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I don't like Bivys because I get claustrophobic but as Rick said, you can get an amazing ultralight single person tent these days that only takes a little more room than a Bivy packed, but gives you a fly and enough room to sit up inside the tent. It creeps me out to think that bugs could walk on me at night not to mention the damage mosquitos can do while you sleep so I've never been a fan of a tarp. Plus, with the ultralight tents they have a screen top so if it's a nice night you can still enjoy the stars but not be enjoyed by the bugs.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:27 PM   #13556
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I have a hammock I like when I can find a couple sturdy trees, and I am traveling light for say an overnight fishing trip. Then I put a rain fly above me just in case. I also have a 2 person slumber jack tent I got at Cabela's. For the cooler times I bought two small compression stuff sacks. I put the tent in one, the fly in the other. The poles are in a small PVC tube in my back pack. Sleeping bag, 2 compression bags and the munchies go in the tail bag. I have done the tarp also, as well as ground rolls and a bivy. I like my tent.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:33 PM   #13557
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I have a bivy that I actually usually carry in my backpack when I'm riding single track, it's great to hide under during a high country thunder boomer but I can't fit in the thing well enough to spend the night in any comfort. I'm a full sized human and when I get my bag and me in the bivy I feel like 12 pounds of sausage in a 6 pound casing
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:48 PM   #13558
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That does look pretty comfortable, I have been considering a Therma-Rest Alpine Down Blanket

I sleep pretty warm and I think this would work well for summer/fall trips. My sleeping bags are great for my late season elk camp but wow are they overkill for summer nights.
I've got a bag from Feathered Friends similar to the Thermarest, great for summer camping.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:00 PM   #13560
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I also have a 2 person slumber jack tent I got at Cabela's.
I bought a slumber jack DoubleLite sleeping bag (Gander Mtn I think), rated to 0*. That left me a big safety net. I thought. I was camping close to Swasey's Cabin, it was a chilly evening so I slipped into the sleeping bag with my socks, jeans and sweatshirt. I really hate being cold.
I fckin' near froze . Like many other OCD guys, I like numbers, including digital thermometers with memory. And I had one with me, and it had an indoor/outdoor pigtail. Thermo slept in the tent-cot with me and the tail laid on the ground outside. Both of them showed a low temp that night at 35*. WTF

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Tent-Cot, thermometer and pig-tail. Condensation was almost raining inside, it took an hour in the sun to dry everything out.



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