Compact Tents for Camping in the oz

Discussion in 'Australia' started by semaja2, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. semaja2

    semaja2 Been here awhile

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    Following my last thread about cots/mattresses I would like to raise another question which is, what tents do people use? I was going to post this in the other thread but wanted to keep them separate :)

    I have been looking at the MSR hubba bubba but after doing some research and reviews all I seem to find is negative reviews? So was looking at the NEMO Morpho 2P, but it really is hard to understand how they can have 10-20 tents from one brand dont they all do the same thing?!?

    I am looking for a tent that will fit in a pannier, be reasonably light weight and suit the majority of the weather down here, from those -3 degree nights to the 40 degree nights, whilst also being able to with stand strong winds and heavy rain... Am I dreaming or does a tent exist for this? :p
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  2. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I don't know why you would be getting negative reviews about the Hubba, I've got one and can't really fault it. First used it at the Alpine with no problems from the cold. Roomy, light, freestanding. What more could you want?
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  3. Lc8grrr

    Lc8grrr Vtwin madness

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    I have a Hubba Hubba, Mutha Hubba and an Exped. Nothing wrong with the Hubba Hubba at all. Used it out in the Simpson and taking it to the Vic High Country next weekend. Fast, light, good quality. Full mesh inner so a bit cool and breazy in winter. Leave the fly off in summer and you have a full mesh bug dome. 1.6kg.
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  4. semaja2

    semaja2 Been here awhile

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    A lot of people were commenting on the water proof ability, the pole design wasn't as strong as the competition and over all design had a few down falls, that being said a lot of sites still put it reasonably high on the list

    I was hoping to get some real feed back from fellow riders as well as ideas on what other tents people use :)
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  5. AdventureDave

    AdventureDave MMMMM Bundy!

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    A huge benefit of the Exped is being able to set up in the rain with no water going into the tent as the inner hangs from the outer frame.

    Cheers

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  6. semaja2

    semaja2 Been here awhile

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    What model is the exped or is there only 1?
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  7. katoong

    katoong Been here awhile

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    Don't buy a Nemo tent!! Single wall = condensation = wet inside tent...

    I had a Nemo Morpho 2p, used it once in Tasmania and GAVE it away I was so disappointed with it..

    Get a cheap tent... expensive tents are not worth it... Rather use the extra money on a good mattres

    I now have this tent.. Eureka Spitfire, awesome tent for the money
    http://store.eurekatent.com/spitfire-1-tent
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  8. AdventureDave

    AdventureDave MMMMM Bundy!

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    http://www.exped.com/exped/web/exped_homepage_int.nsf

    I have a Venus 2 UL freestanding waterproof and very light. The Venus 3 and Orion and good as well.



    A lot to be said for this. Buy a cheap tent or borrow one for a few outings - theres a good chance that what you think you want wont be what you need and you wont know that until you have had a few outings. Some little things will drive you crazy and some big problems you may be able to overlook, its all so relative to the user.

    Cheers

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  9. semaja2

    semaja2 Been here awhile

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    I actually have a cheap 1P tent from Hi-Country that cost me $80 and I bought it quickly as I was flying to Sydney to pick my bike up, it's served me well over the last year but it is a bit small sometimes and I burned a hole in it :p
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  10. Tony T

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    FWIW I bought a Hi Country Dargo a few years ago and it's worked really well for me. I travel light, but I can generally fit everything inside except my boots. (They go outside under the fly cos they stink! )
    I reckon I paid 120 bucks from Aussie Disposals but they're 100 bucks now.

    [​IMG]

    I've also had a much more expensive MSR tent, but it was too small and as I get older I need a bit more space. :wink:
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  11. AdventureDave

    AdventureDave MMMMM Bundy!

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    I agree completely and my other tent is one of these

    http://redverz.com/

    I like to be able to stand up to get changed some days.

    Cheers

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  12. semaja2

    semaja2 Been here awhile

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    Now that's genius!! Screw my idea ill just get that and put it on the back! :p I would be a bit worried that my bike would melt the tent if I set it up after a long day of riding :p
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  13. Aussie Steve

    Aussie Steve Long timer

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    Reckon you're going to have to do your homework.

    Pitfalls I found, most tents arent made for people much above 6 foot, if you wear all the gear your probably going to want a fair bit of room to stick it inside your tent. Some tents are a pain to put up and take down, if your claustrophobic choose wisely as door position and whether you can leave doors open in a mild shower can make a huge difference, steep walls are another big bonus.
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  14. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Go cheap.....

    Wild Country 2 [about $37 from memory] from Ray's Outdoors.

    [​IMG]

    You probably won't find it as a current model as I bought it about three years ago, but you will find something similar for under $80 [prices vary and could be lower when on sale].

    Look for a two man so you have room to "spread out" a little, mine has a small vestibule so I can leave muddy boots outside the tent but still under cover from the weather.

    It can be used without the fly and then is just a mesh shelter from the insects while letting the air through for those really hot nights.

    A tent can only keep out so much cold, a really good sleeping bag rated between minus 5 and minus 12 is where you should be spending the extra money you save on the tent [when you tear/burn/wreck the tent you won't be stressed and you just go buy another cheap one].

    [​IMG]

    My tent, two self inflating mattresses, two sleeping bags, two tripod chairs, two self inflating pillows and a pair of Blundstone work boots are packed in the bag in this photo [for size comparison/reference, the top box is a Givi V46].

    The bag leaning against the bike contains a full size camp chair that was also strapped on the bike.
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  15. Tony T

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    Maybe I should clarify....... more space for me means that I can keep me and my gear out of the rain.
    There's no way you could stand up in a Hi Country Dargo. But it's light enough that I actually enjoy the ride as well as the camping bit. :lol3
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  16. mudmonster

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    You can buy reasonably priced tents from anaconda for less than 150 bucks that will fit in your panniers ,you don't have to spend 500 to get a waterproof and sturdy tent .
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  17. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    Don't buy a Blackwolf Mantis. :deal
    They seem like good idea but are a bit of a pain to put up, very small and the pegs are made of platicine.:lol3

    It packs nice and small and is light, but next time I'll be going for something that is basically free standing. :1drink
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  18. FreckledAvenger

    FreckledAvenger Trainee Stunt Double

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    I bought up a Marmot Limelight 2P when they were on sale in the US. It has been a great tent - it packs up small and is roomy enough inside for me and my gear. I have probably used it 60-70 times and it is still in excellent nick.

    I also have a Eureka Mountain Lite 2 - it is slightly bigger and has two vestibules but is slightly heavier and packs a bit larger than the Marmot. It has sat virtually unused since I got the Marmot though ...

    Mind you, I only just threw away my trusty "Big W" $32.98 2 man dome tent I bought in 1997 - it had not been used since buying the Mountain Lite 4-5 years ago. While I made a few "mods" to improve it but apart from getting some better tent pegs, no parts of it really failed. I must have used that tent 200+ times ...
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  19. willows

    willows Been here awhile

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    I use a OzTrail Backpacker, 2 man tent.
    Plenty of room for 1 plus gear.
    Sometimes throw a large fly tarp over it if I'm staying for a while.
    Has side or end entrances.
    Waterproof.
    Very light, fits in a hard pannier.
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  20. itsgunnahurt

    itsgunnahurt Gravity Enhanced!

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    Very good point... at 6'3", very few 2 person tents I found are long enough. Bought a Momentum2 from torpedo7(about $80-$90 at the time) which was good. Front vestibule is a usable size.
    However, due to it's shape (tapers off quite sharply) I needed a bit more space and bought a mckinley 2 person which is very light and has rectangular footprint, with front and rear vestibule areas. The down side is it's way too short for me. (oh the joys of buying off the internet!)
    In the end I got a tent Kathmandu (though it wasn't cheap) but I'm happy with it. It's reasonably light and internal length is 230cm so I can actually stretch out a bit.

    If both my wife and I are going away, then we'll take a 4man tent, so all our gear can go inside. However, this is a lot heavier, but we can split the gear between the 2 bikes.
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