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Old 02-23-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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Moto camping tent suggestions?

Hi all, I'm looking to purchase a new tent and hoping for se advice... There seem to be a ton of very good 2-3 person options from big Agnes, marmot, rei, etc... However they're all designed for backpacking and from what Ive seen of them at rei they appear to make some serious compromises in durability to get very low weights. On the opposite side are hilleberg and redverz but they look like they'd be hotter than hell during the summer, not to mention they're very expensive. What's the best option? Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:29 AM   #2
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I like my Apex 2. http://store.eurekatent.com/apex-series-tents

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Old 02-23-2015, 11:46 AM   #3
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No best option... Bigger, heavier, smaller, lighter. It's what your personal thresold will take. 2,3,4 man, garage, 2 doors, 2 vestibules. etc

One thing I will note... Even though the lightweight tents that you saw may appear to compromise durability, they really don't.

Quality tents from BA, MSR, etc are well made, and many stories here of how their product was backed by the company many years later.

good luck

There are a few really good tent threads around here somewhere.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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i ended up with several tents and have to choose based on the ride/weather/bike. I dont think there's just one that would meet all of my needs.

I started by buying a cheapie from Walmart...that allowed me to get out and camp. Nothing quite like doing something to figure out what you want/need in your gear.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:05 PM   #5
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My vote goes to any of the Big Agnes Ultralight (UL) tents. Very lightweight, very compact. They are pricey, though.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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My vote goes to any of the Big Agnes Ultralight (UL) tents. Very lightweight, very compact. They are pricey, though.
+1 on BA stuff. I had their Seedhouse II and loved it (loved it so much I lost it...grrr). One of it's best features, apart from pack size, was the ability to erect only the mesh inner - perfect for those hot nights. By far the best tent I've ever had and, when I've got some spare dosh, I'll buy another one.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #7
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I love my 2011 MSR Hubba Hubba.

Above all I love that it is ultralite and packs so small and is so damn quick to put up thanks largely to the all-in-one 'hub-and-swivel' pole design, which is also very strong. I really appreciate the ventilation of the mesh inner, perfect for hot nights and star gazing when the rainfly isn’t on. It's technically a 2 person tent but I use it solo and there’s lots of room inside just for me. The interior is maximized with the pole configuration so you can also sit up in inside. If you want to go 2-up the mutha hubba would be better.

It has two vestibules with plenty of space to store gear and easily get in/out. I do prefer the green to the yellow rainfly but I admit I would prefer a slightly darker green if only to better suit my stealth/wild camping needs. It’s freestanding so it’s easy to move if needed and is pitchable even on hard ground. It comes ready to go but I also got some of the neat extras; gear loft, footprint, (base is very thin), vestibule footprint and some stronger MSR pegs. Needless to say its very waterproof.

They can be quite expensive but I got a bargain and have gad lots of use out if it and it's still going strong. I do prefer the green to the yellow but I admit I would prefer it slightly darker green if only to better suit my stealth camping needs. Guylines have to be purchased separately although they’re not needed even when its windy.



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Old 02-23-2015, 01:38 PM   #8
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Are you flexible or stiff? Can you dress while lying down or sitting? Or do you need to get on your knees or even partially stand? Do you camp in the heat and humidity of summer or more often in spring and fall? Do you camp even if it's raining or would you prefer to check into a room instead?

I'm flexible enough to dress while lying down although I want good sitting room in my tent. I can get into nearly any low tent by crouching with no need to crawl. While most of my camping is spring or fall, I still want excellent cross-ventilation -- I can cover up for a cool night, but a hot night can be uncomfortable. And I want a tent that I can get into and out of without letting rain fall on the tent floor.

So I have a REI Camp Dome. I had the 1989 REI Half Dome when it had a similar fly arrangement, but I don't deal well with the current "full cap" fly. I actually had 3 new tents in 2011 and early 2012 and the Camp Dome is the one that I kept.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:03 PM   #9
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Exped Gemini

I really like my Exped Gemini II. Good quality, packs fairly small, and I really like the overall design. I looked at a lot of tents and this one just kept calling my name...



One thing I noticed is that the price correlates quite well with pole length. Cheap tents often have 22" poles. Mid-priced have ~20" poles, and the more expensive tents have ~18" poles. I wanted the 18" poles so my tent wouldn't stick out the sides more than my gear bags. My tent is in the blue dry bag:



But decide for yourself what criteria is important to you, and then pick something that meets your needs.
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:09 PM   #10
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Hi all, I'm looking to purchase a new tent and hoping for se advice... There seem to be a ton of very good 2-3 person options from big Agnes, marmot, rei, etc... However they're all designed for backpacking and from what Ive seen of them at rei they appear to make some serious compromises in durability to get very low weights. On the opposite side are hilleberg and redverz but they look like they'd be hotter than hell during the summer, not to mention they're very expensive. What's the best option? Thanks in advance for the advice.
What kind of bike/where are you riding? (How important is weight?)

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Old 02-23-2015, 02:11 PM   #11
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I'm new to the camping off a bike scene but my dad uses one of these. http://shop.redverz.com/categories/MotorcycleTents/

he's been very happy with it to date. we will be camping out of it on the COBDR this summer.

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My bikes are light, so my bias is that of a backpacker. Within that world, there are the "perseverate over every gram super ultralight" who cut titanium toothbrushes in half and sleep under Cuben fiber tarps. That seems silly even for a guy who camps off a coverted dirt bike.

I use a Mountain Hardwear one man ultralight, but it's now 8 years old. I'm 8 years older too, and I want a bit more headroom. What I also require is quality AND durability and EASE of setup.

I am going with a Sierra Designs Flash inthe non ultralight option. It adds about 7 ounces but the fabric is more durable. Best for me, it is a double wall tent that integrates the fly and tent body ... putting up the tent us also putting up the fly.

I decided specifically against the Big Agnes, especially their UL offerings. They ARE quality gear, but their pursuit of light weight is achieved largely through the use of delicate fabrics. JMO
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:16 PM   #13
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Eureka's Apex 2XT and 3XT tents are nice and fairly inexpensive for a good tent at a reasonable price. I'm currently using a MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent due to size, durability, and easiness to set up; a lot more expensive, but caught mine on sale and with a big coupon for well under two Franklins.
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I'm new to the camping off a bike scene but my dad uses one of these. http://shop.redverz.com/categories/MotorcycleTents/

he's been very happy with it to date. we will be camping out of it on the COBDR this summer.

I'm glad you like it, but I won't lug around all that mass just so my scooter can sleep inside. That is definitely not for the minimalist.
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What kind of bike/where are you riding? (How important is weight?)

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Look at compactness of packed size. Perhaps more important than a one piund difference in weight.
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