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Old 02-24-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Tent, Sleeping Bag & Compact Air Mattress Advice

I am planning on a solo trip out west this year to check out some of the National Parks. I am going to be on a KLR and plan on camping in the parks some of the time. Any recommends on a compact tent, sleeping bag, and air mattress or sleeping pad for under the sleeping bag? Thanks
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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Big Agnes

I really think their sleeping bags/pads are top notch.
Tent I would either go cheap or go with REI as their warranty/return policy and available stores makes sense.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:04 AM   #3
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Big Agnes

I really think their sleeping bags/pads are top notch.
Tent I would either go cheap or go with REI as their warranty/return policy and available stores makes sense.
+1 on Big Agnes bag and pad combo. I use an REI tent as well.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:08 AM   #4
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I have a Mountain Hardware brand three person tent that I've been using since 2008, it's been well used and continues to stay water tight. It's been from Georgia to Alaska in it's life, all on the back of a motorcycle. My advise would be to spend a little extra to get a better quality tent as this will be your home while traveling. www.rei.com has good "house brand" tents at decent prices, and they are a good product with an excellent warranty should something happen. Feel free to send me a PM with any questions you might have as far as camping off the back of a bike, I'm no expert, but I really enjoy it!

I'm also a member over at www.motocampers.com They're a great bunch of folks on there that are willing to share their experiences. They have been over run by threads on pop up campers lately, but most of us there still camp with tents.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:14 AM   #5
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Parks Pass

Not related at all to your question, but be sure to buy a National Parks Pass before you leave on your trip. It will allow free entrance into all national parks and any other federal lands that have an entrance fee. (It doesn't give you a discount on campgrounds, though.)

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:17 AM   #6
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Big Agnes mattress for me, standard bag, I toss and turn, don't like the Agnes bag. I carry a compressor too, I used to sit there in the dirt and blow the thing up, but it takes too much effort after a long day.

I just got the new Camp Dome 2 from REI to replace a worn out Half Dome, it's half the price and packs smaller.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:31 AM   #7
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1 - Big agnes sleeping system (bag and mattress).
2 - 8x10 silnylon tarp.
3 - bug hut.

doesnt get any more compact
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Lots and lots of brilliant info on entire camping setups and how they are carried here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237723
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:51 AM   #9
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Big Anges, Seadhouse 2 tent, BA bag and pad.

The Seedhouse 2 packs up very small and is free standing which is nice. 2 man tent which has enough room for one and gear. For two people it would be tight.




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Old 02-24-2014, 12:20 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies.

I was already on the National Parks site and will purchase the pass before the trip.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:40 PM   #11
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consider a tent with small "porch" on front, if its rained in the day keeps your damp riding gear out of main tent, and hung up can hopefully help dry over night
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:59 PM   #12
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I'd recommend a two man tent rather than going for a one man. The extra space can be priceless in bad weather and for safe storage at night.

I've used a North Face Mountain 24 (discontinued) for years and it's proved bomb proof. Split into two good compression sacks with poles in a fly rod tube.

Not my pic but shows the inner tent without the outer cover and with the doors open exposing the fly screens.


The Mountain 25 seems to be the replacement but it's expensive. I see you own a KLR. A tarp sheet will work...

If you plan on going further and extending your range then buy a better tent now rather than having to upgrade later.

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Old 02-24-2014, 02:08 PM   #13
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Love my Big Agnes system bag... I have the 15 degree bag and insulated air core pad. Used it in temps from 15-65 degrees and it's very flexible temp wise.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:30 PM   #14
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All great suggestions so far. I use an exped down mat 9, it's by far the most comfortable mat I've ever used. It's very warm and allows me to pack a lighter sleeping bag. My bag is a yeti passion 3 down bag, which is great for all but the coldest nights in winter.

I'm a big fan of hilleberg (I think there's a thread on adv about them) I have a soulo which is great for just me or a nallo if I'm sharing.

The whole lot is pretty lightweight, about 3.5 kg or 8lbs.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:39 PM   #15
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I forgot to add a mattress...

I go with a 3/4 length Thermarest.

The top one is the 3/4...


No idea what bag to suggest. At the moment I've an Army one that's great. I go through them quite quickly.

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