Help with choosing tent

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mass-klr, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Good tent. You'll get even faster at setting up.
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  2. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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  3. StriderTB

    StriderTB Strudel

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    I picked up a Kelty Grand Mesa 2 on sale for about $75 from Dick's a few years ago. Aluminum poles, decent ventilation, and freestanding, so it pitches fast in bad weather. Newer versions have more mesh in the canopy, and they're only about $130. Weighs around 4lbs, and packs well on my SV. I slept through more than a few storms in it, and always woke up bone dry.

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    When I want even less space to myself, I have an MSR Zoid that packs up tiny. You can even pitch it with just the fly and ground cloth if you're tight on space.

    Here it is with my Kelty Weekender sleeping pad.
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    Rain fly and vestibule.
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    Ultralight mode.
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  4. seniorasi

    seniorasi Banned

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    I appreciate the report. Outward appearances suggest it would be perfect but is great to get an opinion from someone who has actually used one. Thank you!
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  5. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/sh...ight-2-Person-Tent_10118672_10208_10000001_-1_

    Send it to your door for $150.00
    Brand new, used one night.
    Went to the trees.................hammock camping.
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  6. hammerhoot

    hammerhoot dual season rider

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    I have had good luck with my 2 person dome tent from Bass Pro Shops
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  7. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Although I am new to adventure riding and even riding in general, a tent is like you castle and comfort is usually paramount if you will be spending any significant time inside. I have been doing outdoor activities requiring me to bring my own shelter since I was about 10 or 11. In the Marines I realized I could survive anywhere without comfortable shelter. After I got out I used a bivy for many years. Even in the snow in high alpine areas down to - degree F. But I was just surviving. There was no comfort other than being warm and dry. I switched from that mindset some years latter when my girlfriend wanted to get an actual tent. Once I got used to the comfort and function of the tent I would certainly never go back.

    All that said, I've used cheap, expensive, small, large and any other type of tent in just about every condition. My conclusions are as follows:


    1. Cheap tents work but not as good as quality tents and there are no quality cheap tents, period.
    2. Get a tent large enough to keep you, the people you will have in the tent, and all the gear you need to keep dry or safe.
    3. You will always appreciate extra room, realistically, and you will never appreciate less room while in the tent.
    4. If you will spend any amount of time in anything wet, and you likely will, get the best waterproof tent you can.
    5. Get a tent that can be set up while in a storm and will remain dry.
    6. Get a proven tent design that isn't to complicated to setup when you're tired, sick, frustrated, etc...
    7. You will likely need more than one tent if you have more than one type of main activity you want to use it for.
    There are any number of tent makers that make a quality tent for all types of different environments and uses. The tent maker I prefer for everything I have come across is Hilleberg. They cost, but it is a lifetime tent you can pass if you desire and it just simply won't let you down.


    http://hilleberg.com/
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  8. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Looks like a good choice, mass-klr.
    While your 2lbs won't affect your bike at all, the difference between a 5lb tent and a 7lb tent may be a 40% increase in packed volume. For me, reducing packed volume has been a great improvement even though my bulky gear hasn't weighed that much.

    The difference may also be a thicker floor that's more durable, packs to a similar size, and lets you carry a lighter footprint for underneath it.

    As for set-up volume, I bring in only some clothes, riding gear, and sleeping gear. All the rest stays on the bike no matter if I'm using hard luggage or soft. (The food and cook gear almost always go up a tree.)
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  9. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Been here awhile

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    Spoken like there is some experience to back it up. Well said.
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  10. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    Lots of good suggestions here. I did a two month motorcycle trip from Lake Tahoe to Alaska and back last summer. I spent 54 nights in my tent. Another consideration that I want to mention is the length of the poles. I had Aluminum panniers on my F800GS and wanted a tent that would fit across the seat and not prevent me from opening the lids of the boxes. Have a fun trip to VT.
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  11. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones AdventureDeficitDisorder

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    +1

    The other thing not mentioned in this thread is noise. A better quality tent will be much, much quieter in the wind.
    Nothing worse than a cheap tent flapping away all night and keeping you awake.

    As mentioned above, a quality pad and bag is mandatory.

    NOTHING on your trip will be fun if you aren't rested.
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  12. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    +2
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  13. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Here are my two favorite solo tents. This guy does a good job reviewing the pertinents. I like and own the Akto because its size and have used it in the absolute worst weather you can get. I mean two weeks of Washington downpour. I the snow up at high camp. Snowshoeing trip through the enchantments. That said, now that I'm on a bike I would buy the Soulo because it stands up on its own if your in a real hard pan location or on straight rock.

    http://youtu.be/yEfmzI1tO6I

    http://youtu.be/EP2OJVqz7rc
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  14. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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  15. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Just ordered a Marmont Astral 2 tent with foot print. $100 off from REi on sale. 3 season with dual vestibules and dual doors. Seemed like a great deal.:deal
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  16. DirtyBlackIrish

    DirtyBlackIrish Been here awhile

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    Looks nice! I just looked it up. Congrats! :clap
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