What's the go-to two person tent these days?

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  1. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    How tight would a 1P tent be? The beat up 2P tent I have now has plenty of room for myself. Being a bit smaller, wouldn't really be that big of a deal.

    I'm actually going to plan a day to head over to a bigger town in my area that has lots of ski, snow, camping, and hiking shops. I'd really like to see some of these in person.

    But the Marmot Tungesten is on my high list.
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  2. Janus9

    Janus9 Been here awhile

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    Single person tents usually have floors sized about 36-38”x88-90”. At least 1 person rectangle shaped tents and there are many like that. Some are tapered in towards the feet. Since the tent sides aren’t completely vertical, the floor space feels smaller.

    Personally, I have no problem sleeping with my stuff laying around me, packed in, touching my bag and the tent sides etc..... but some people hate it.

    1 person tents are cozy for sure.
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  3. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Big Agnes Blacktail 2P Tent Package. Bought it at a store. Guy price matched this random website. Got a smoking deal on it. The green is a bit brighter than I wanted, but it will be fine. Came with a ground tarp too. I fit in it fine, just have to see if it will fit in one of my side bags. I'm excited.
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  4. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    For me, the go-to 2 person tent is a 3 person tent. Someone on a camping forum once pointed out that: "if a given 2 person = a loaf of bread, then the same tent as a 3 person will pack up like that same loaf of bread, + 3 slices." It takes surprisingly little extra fabric to expand a tent's dimensions by a an extra few feet, but that extra space can add a lot of comfort & ease.

    Size aside, the features that I've found really useful:

    2 doors, vestibules for each
    Never fiberglass poles (don't ask!)
    Truely waterproof "bathtub" style floor
    Rain fly that reaches to within a few inches of the ground, with guy-out points away from the tent.
    Lots of ventilation, especially near the roof.
    sturdy ground cloth, sized properly (1-2 " smaller than the tent footprint)
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  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    some folks will argue with that...

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    Glad you found a tent bargain Smokel

    did BA copy the kelty TN series tents with the " convertible" fly?
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  6. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Convertible?
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    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    they call it "star gazer"


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    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    Pretty similar, yea. The BA one (mine), doesn't seem to roll up as "neat". But yea, I can roll it back half way.
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  9. Pavel+

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    After 8 Big Agnes tents, all of which I found lacking in several ways (except one model), two Henry Shires Tarp Tents (great stuff, with a few serious caveats), one awful Kelty, a disappointing Nova and five hammocks, I now buy either a Hilleberg or a Hilleberg. I'm tired of spending too much on junk, and am happy to spend a lot on top end quality. The way I think of it is that a good nights sleep, no matter the conditions, is worth not settling on second or third best.
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  10. Schmokel

    Schmokel Key to Happiness: Low Expectations

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    If I were camping out once a week or something, I could totally see something like that happening. But right now I'm looking at maybe two over nighters and my one week long trip a year. Right now spending $1000+ on a tent just really doesn't seem appropriate for the amount of times it would be used.
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  11. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Here's a deal I'm pretty sure two folk would fit well.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/redverz-solo-tent.1391431/#post-37865246
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    NorthIdaho800gsa Bad influence

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    The biggest problem with hillberg is lack of freestanding models. if it isn't freestanding, I'm not buying/using.
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  13. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    It is pretty hard to not laugh out loud at the Hilliberg tent suggestions at this point to me....
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  14. GSbyname

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    012B4ADD-38C9-4AF9-8E92-A8DAF16A8F00.jpeg Posted elsewhere, Exped Venus II: https://advrider.com/f/threads/tents.556376/page-14#post-37806577
    Just back from 3 weeks in chilly Tasmania, 2-up, camping in sub-zero temps, wind, rain. Tent performed perfectly. Last Tuesday at Triabunna, had to brush ice off outer layer with nylon brush, it was so cold! Black ice on roads until midday!
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    If you are a hardcore tent user,depending on it for shelter for long periods and use in more extreme conditions,I can see the benefit to Hilliberg and other high end tents.
    For the average rider out for a couple weekends a year,or a two week trip in the spring/summer/fall,not so much.
    I have been happy with MSR,Big Agnes and Marmot tents over the past 40 yrs.
    My current go to is the MSR Hubba Hubba(green version from 3-4 yrs ago).

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  16. Iceman68

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    I've been motocamping for about 7 years with a Eureka! Tetragon 2-person. Still going strong in all conditions.
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    GSbyname Adventurer

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    Even "fair-weather" camping can throw you a curveball bad-weather night. That's when a good tent shines. There's nothing worse than dressing in cold/wet/sandy/muddy gear 'cos your tent let you down. 7 years ago got caught in freak storm in desert South Australia that dumped 2 inches rain overnight in area whose rainfall is measured in "drops-per-year". Canvas tent designed for dry desert camping suffered badly, was a pain to pack up sopping wet.
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    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    right, but to think that ONLY a Hilliberg will survive bad weather is just , well, wrong.
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    Mountainsmith Morrison 2 here. Been using it since 2016, at the time was recommended here, packs fairly small, cost effective, and I like it. They have a newer version now, but I use it multiple times per year, even when we go as a couple :)

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    I'd buy it again :)
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  20. 6.5x47L

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    REI ASL or Half dome... super lightweight, easy to put up and waterproof.
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