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MC Tents, why so much $$

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by BikeMan, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. O'B

    O'B Long timer

    Feb 19, 2011
    Passing By The Highway
    These are nice too. Another thing to remember
    about these tents is that when they say 20 inches long that is usally a reference about folded pole length. Think about it you could strap the poles literally anyplace on the bike and have an actual tent as big as a medium towel to pack away. These things are so much more versatile than a hammock or bivi sac jf you are moto camping. And in varying climates they really come into their own with the excellent ventilation. Also if the tent needs repairs which all tents that really get used do you have a place to get it fixed. Excellent warranty policy also. As you can see by the companies history timeline Tarptent was the original.
  2. Maxyb

    Maxyb Falling over slowly

    Dec 21, 2011
    I just happened to stumble upon DD hammocks at a local MC shop, when i was shopping for a helmet

    for $80, i couldn't go wrong. I was actually considering a Hennessey hammock, but these seem just as good for less than half the price. double walled bottom for insert of a mattress and a mosquito net with zips both sides. bloody comfortable (if you set it up properly) and easy to put up.

    best of all it only weighs 900 odd grams (just under 2 lb for the old world) and with a tarp it packs half the size of my 1 man swag.

    If there's no trees around i can use it as a bivvy if needs be, and with the sleeve it takes even less time to put up


    and for any aussies looking at them - the importer is based in ballina, i love supporting the local blokes :clap

  3. luckyjr

    luckyjr Adventurer

    Jul 16, 2012
    Sequndo Frente
    The Euraka Apex 2Xt is hard to beat for less than $100. Used them with boy s[​IMG]cout, dog and all and they are hard to kill.
  4. roostar

    roostar Been here awhile

    Aug 5, 2007
    SW Washington
    Looks like you scored a great deal. I dropped $150 for a Warbonnet Black Bird. It hasn't landed on my doorstep yet but it's my last shot at finding real comfort out on the road (or trails). I figure two nights in motel expenses covered the price and if I don't like it, I can sell it pretty easy on the hammock forums.
  5. duck

    duck Banned

    Mar 19, 2004
    Seattle (Berkeley with rain)
    The bottom line for any tent is whether it keeps you dry and keeps the bugs away. I bought my $20 on a lark and it has, surprisingly, met both of those requirements quite well. Sure, there's a weight penalty for the material used and fiberglass vs. aluminum poles but it's not material to me when moto camping. I have other brand name spendier tents that I use for backcountry hiking and such but the $20 tent works just fine for moto camping.
  6. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

    Sep 14, 2009
    All over, usually Wales or England
    RE: those Nemos that make use of trekking poles.

    It's a shame they don't have cord attached to the two 'peaks' to allow you to suspend them from things for when you don't have poles. I suppose in a pinch, you could put a small round stone in the peak on the inside and then tether paracord around that to make some. I wouldn't want to do that regularly though.

    The reason I suggest this is that I have one of their Gogo bivvys. One nice feature is a short length of cord built into the outside of the tent that allows you to suspend the 'head end' from a tree, or even the handlebars of your bike, if your airbeam gets punctured*. For those really obsessed with pack size/weight, you could do this all the time and remove the airbeam and pump and leave them at home.

    Someone on here a couple of years back posted their idea for an ultralight motorbike tent that hung the high point from the bars*. That's the direction of motorcycle-specific tents idea I'd personally like to see developed; using the bike itself to eliminate poles. Handlebars with guards on are ideal for this. In bivvy-type shelters, you can use your helmet to hold the foot end off your feet/legs.

    *The way you do it to avoid getting a bike in the head in high winds is pitch the tent so the head end it touching the nose of the bike from the front of the bike; not the side!
  7. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

    Aug 12, 2005
    Turning expensive metal into scrap
    I camp a lot so I spend a fair amount of time in a tent. I've owned a very nice kelty that was a world traveler but finally retired due to seam seal letting go on fly.

    I picked up a mountain hardware on sale for $150 and I like it but I wish it were a little bigger.

    After a major month long ride where I packed way too much shit, I've revised my packing philosophy. I do not run a tank bag, hate them. I do not run duffels strapped to every square inch of available space. If what I need for weeks on the road will not fit in my panniers, I don't need it. I like seat space and an uncluttered look. And I'm a cook too so when I camp I usually have a full cookset.

    Tents can easily creep up in size and weight. I heard one guy saying his tent was 14#. Seriously why? Mine weighs four and more importantly packs small. I bought my current tent because the packed size was 18" long so it would fit in my panniers.

    I don't care about a roomy tent, thats what booze is for
  8. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Nov 11, 2005
    Gold Coast
    But some of us don't care :). I buy 'O.K.' tents from the large outlets when they are on special. Last trip a thunderstorm blew through, my 'el-cheapo' 3 person tent held up fine.

    They aren't as 'good' agreed, if I was doing multi-week trips relying on the tent I probably would spend more, but I camp a few times a year, couple of days max, and though it's never happened, if everything turned to shit I could always throw the tent away and find a motel to spend the night.

    And I have thrown a tent away, someone threw up on my tent, came back the next day, apologized and gave me $50. That $20 tent went in the campsite dumpster with zero regrets, I was headed home anyway.

  9. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

    Sep 14, 2009
    All over, usually Wales or England
    LOL, I once pitched my bivvy (extremely poorly) after coming back from the pub. It was hilarious how bad it was pitched when I got out in the morning. Slept fine though.
  10. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

    Jan 7, 2005
    southern England
    what is it?
  11. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

    Jun 12, 2003
    Gates of Moscow
    The only true 'mc' tent out there that I know of is this one:


    As has been said: You get what you pay for.

    Remember the Bell helmet ads from the 70's?

    "If you have a ten dollar head, buy a ten dollar helmet."

    Granted, we're talking tents here, but the principal rings true.

    If you're gonna use 3 times a year, go to walmart. If you're gonna use it more, head to REI or MEC.

    Eureka site has blems for sale cheap from their site. Good deals.
  12. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

    Mar 25, 2009
    north florida

    I TOSS AND TURN ALL NIGHT~! IN my hammock that i amde myself (double layer 11.5 x 6 wide) i can lay anyn way i want. i turn over just like in a bed. but, i sleep, so sound that i don't need as much sleep. many mornings, imlay wide awaka and mut my finger to the ground and make myself swing. i always carry a hammock and REDVS EXPEDITION 2. it depends on trees adn campspots as to what i sleep in.
  13. pyoungbl

    pyoungbl Colonel Blood

    Apr 20, 2007
    Portsmouth, Virginia
    Lots of talk about tents: weight, poles, and cost. With about 40 years of camping experience my biggest bitch with every tent is the cheap pegs that come with the tent. After years of watching those crappy aluminum noodles bend at the hint of hard ground I finally bit the bullet and bought something more substantial. The same (very expensive) set of 8 pegs has served me through about half a dozen tents. In terms of cost per use they are damn near free now. I'll avoid giving a plug for a brand but just say that upgrading the pegs on any tent is a critical step if you want to use the tent over and over. I prefer tubular pegs because they won't nick other stuff that is packed nearby.
  14. koorbloh

    koorbloh Been here awhile

    Sep 30, 2010
    Monroe, WA
  15. seniorasi

    seniorasi Banned

    Mar 23, 2009
    Edge of the light
    I'd like to see photos of it. The flexibility in my back has all but disappeared, wakes me up at night...
  16. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

    Sep 8, 2007
    Good point on the pegs. I've got a full set of MSR groundhog stakes and their thinner ones meant for harder ground. They are titanium and I've beat the living hell out of the thin ones into ground I probably shouldn't have even been camping on an they keep on trucking with only 2 or 3 showing any signs of benson at all.

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  17. RogerWilco

    RogerWilco Been here awhile

    Oct 11, 2011
    There is no real reason not to "give a plug", if you have found a brand that works well. It might be a big help to people.
  18. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

    Aug 25, 2005
    San Diego
    The best tent for MC use depends on one primary variable......How old are you?
  19. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

    Apr 26, 2009
    I'm looking for a new set of pegs that others have tried.
    I'm getting too old and too broke to keep buying crap that don't work.
  20. BigDoc

    BigDoc Been here awhile

    Jan 26, 2011
    Leland, NC