Motorcycle camping tent?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by FireStrings85, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    For solo travel I like my Eureka Timberline 2.

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    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___40324

    It seems old school but when you look up the weight and compactness specs it compare real well with later designs.

    I have used it for maybe 8 nights. It is for sale. $100 shipped in the CONUS

    Seems I two up camp a lot more and just purchased a Eureka Apex 3XT.
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  2. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    Great comment - totally agree. Right tool for the job, although in my mind the right tool is always the lighter option but that's my riding style. Some people like setting up huge camps with every comfort but I heartily dislike that type of nomad adventure. Light and fast is easier and less to carry = more riding.

    Here's one of my tents, I generally ride solo and camp in weather down to 15F but ideally >30F at night. A 3 season tent is fine, I just layer up by wearing my down jacket inside my down bag and that negates the requirement for a 4 season tent in cold weather. If it's snowing, I'm not riding because I'm out skiing so again, 3 season tent is sufficient.

    Here's my 5-day setup, it all fits into a 30L backpack or side bags. Tent is a Marmot EOS-1p (http://marmot.com/products/eos_1p)

    Max Weight 2 lbs 13 oz / 1.3 kg
    Dimensions: 36x37x87in / 91x94x220cm
    Packed Size: 6 x 21.5 in / 16 x 55 cm

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  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    That's a whiney response. I HAVE camped in one, have a couple of riding buddies with them. They are on BIG bikes. Just about every one I've seen with one has a 1200GS. If you're happy with it, that's fine. If you re-read my comment I also said "they are nice". We do a different type of ride and camp - I wouldn't be sitting in a tent for 3 days.

    All I'm saying is while I agree people like them they're not panacea. A huge tent is no fun if it's blowing 40mph or more. A smaller aerodynamic tent is good there, even up to higher speeds. Folks that see off-season use, beach, and exposed areas with high winds understand this. Camped in the rain is a different deal. And I'll mention size and weight here too - not everyone wants to haul that kind of load.

    The money comment is just juvenile. Are you f'ing kidding me? My dad is tougher than your dad...i'm richer than you? :puke1 That shit doesn't belong here.
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  4. veriest1

    veriest1 Grand NOOBlet

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    Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar. Packs small, it's light, roomy for two, one trekking pole to set up (2 or stick or tree if you want an open side and the flick lock poles from Walmart pack smallest and use Black Diamond hardware), and it's 4 season capable. Plus it's under $200.

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    I don't seem to have a good shot of mine even though I've had it since mid-2011 so here's one from Google Images.

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  5. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Couldn't have said it better myself. That Marmot is almost identical to the Big Agnes Lynx Pass 1.

    Stats for the big agnes;

    3.5 lbs (wonder where the extra pound comes from? I guess probly just the little bit of extra room)
    6" x 19" packed
    Length 90" Width 42" tapering down to 30" @ foot
    and a peak height of 37"

    Best selling point of the big agnes is the price, $179. In my case there was 20% off too. Can't beat that. Love this tent.

    I use mine year round too. I knew somewhere there were other people as nuts as me. I was getting worried I might be the first fool to die in a blizzard in a freaking 3 season tent. In the rocky mountains, at 10,500 feet in December. :rofl

    Although I had a close call last winter @ Slaughterhouse Gulch. Made me look into buying a proper winter tent. I probably will before next season. My fiance wants me alive I guess? :deal

    I wanna check that marmot out for backpacking though, a pound is a lot when you're hoofin' it.

    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!
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  6. SpectreNCSU

    SpectreNCSU Adventurer

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    Eureka Solitaire. Runs $85 or so, weighs under 3 lbs. Well made.

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  7. PeterW

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    Ebay, you'll find replacement tent poles with shorter sections in aluminium (~400mm long) for around $25 each (including postage). Generally, you'll need to buy some of the spare joining tube and do some cutting, but it's an option. Considering it - but I just don't do enough camping to make it worth while.


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  8. FireStrings85

    FireStrings85 Adventurer

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    This seems like one of the better deals I'm seeing for a fairly sophisticated tent that has good reviews. Do you know the dimensions of what it packs down to? Thanx!

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  9. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    No question the Redverz is big in both space weight and packed size...I could careless if someone is snickering....that's their problem. Its tool like anything else, it works great for some jobs not so much for others. I find it very useful and comfortable whether I'm at a campground our out in the woods.

    I look at some of the bivy setups that many rave about and can't see myself sleeping in what looks like a coffin to me. A bit to claustrophobic for that.

    Anyway if someone makes themselves feel superior by ragging on the type of tent or the bike someone ownes I think they have the problem.....
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  10. veriest1

    veriest1 Grand NOOBlet

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    Do you sleep in a sleeping bag when you camp?

    A bivy is really just a waterproof bag cover. If you want to test the concept then good condition usgi gortex bivies can be had on eBay for under $30. I prefer to pair them with a small tarp like a 5x8 siltarp etc over the head area so I don't have to close it up all the way if I don't want to. Plus its a place to sit and store stuff nearby.

    With such a setup I feel like I'm on the opposite end of claustrophobia. It's very open and airy. Personally I feel claustrophobic in a traditional tent.


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  11. ELM0T0L0C0

    ELM0T0L0C0 Less Talk More Throttle

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    As many have said it all depends. I mostly am a rider first, camper seconds. Depending on where I am going and temperature it is either my nemo gogo or my Hennessey hammock.
    The gogo packs tiny, no poles because of the air beams and pitches in about 60 seconds. The hammock is so comfortable if the temp is above 40 or so packs a little bigger than the go go but you can camp anywhere there are a couple of trees.
    http://www.nemoequipment.com/wordpress/wp-content/themes/nemo/images/products/723_1_zoom.jpg

    http://www.bikepacking.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/hennessy_ultralight.jpg

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  12. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    I use a sleeping bag but not a mummy style....to confining...most of the time I open it up and use it like a blanket with my nemo pad underneath,,,
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  13. veriest1

    veriest1 Grand NOOBlet

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    I hear ya. Probably wouldn't work for you without a really big one. The usgi bivies are pretty roomy. I can fit my neo air in there with me comfortably.

    Since you use your bag as a blanket anyway have you tried dedicated backpacking quilts? They're pretty amazing and save weight/space. I'm using the old style golite ultra 20 from tears ago. It's a true 30 degree quilt that weighs 19 ounces.

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  14. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    SORRY...i mis represented! the goldwing would not fit in the tent in any direction. The vstrom is the current bike that fits in the tent.
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