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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Truetorch, Nov 7, 2012.
Lets see your tents or cot tents set up and in there compact form. Who has the best set up.
You might wanna try this in Equipment.
Springbar Outfitter 3 canvas tent, 7' x 8' x 68" tall.
Overall weight of tent, poles, stakes, ground-cloth, and hatchet is 40 pounds. Tent alone is 20 pounds, packs to 26" x 10". Poles pack to 33" x 4", if my mirrors clear, the poles have room to spare. Tent and poles pack on passenger seat, (with sleeping bag and Thermarest) everything else goes in the saddlebags.
This is not a backpacking tent, it's a very comfortable canvas tent with excellent rain and wind performance. Though it is not as tall as me, I can still stand, no crawling around tent on hands and knees. It is not an instant tent... takes me 20 minutes to make camp, 30 minutes to break camp and pack motorcycle.
No time to make camp... ground cloth, Thermarest, sleeping bag, and you are golden for a few hours sleep. This is not 50's canvas, it is double-fill cotton, marine-finish duck, with a dry-finish silicone treatment. 7' x 8' provides a generous amount of space for me and all my gear.
Hardly the best set-up, which I wasn't shooting for anyway. But it is affordable, comfortable and works well for me. Definitely no good for a smaller bike or two-up.
Another larger tent, which I use on a HD Dyna. REI Base Camp 6 I picked up for $163 a couple months ago at the REI Garage sale ... new and still with rubber bands around the poles and tissue in the rainfly. Weighs 20 lb's, peak height is 6' 2" with floor space at 10' 5" x 8' 4" ... a whopping 83 square feet. Comes with its own pack with compartments, which also fits my ground tarp, Exped 9 and my down sleeping bag. I throw all that in an 89L Ortlieb and Rok Strap it to the passenger seat. Perfect backrest.
Here's a recent pic from Charleston Marina and RV Park near Coos Bay, Oregon. I was crab fishing. (RR http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=832498)
All Packed up.
And some are bitching about the Redverz tent being bulky and heavy with its 13 lbs 6 oz.
To each his own but I can't understand the use of this kind of tent (man...it's what, around 32 lbs if you remove the hatchet and ground clothes?! And bulky as hell) on a bike trip.
Love the height though
Furnace, generator, wifi through the phone...
Plus the ability to haul two sleds and a few days worth of fuel/gear, or about a dozen motorcycles...