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Old 02-27-07, 05:01 PM   #1
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Tent Recommendations?

Hello all,

I recently completed a supported trip on the ATA and C&O towpath from Pitt to DC. I'd like to do it again completely unsupported as a build up to a longer tour this fall. I thought I'd start the process by picking the major new items I'll need to pick up, starting with the tent. Any standouts to recommend? Any to avoid? I'm thinking 3 season/2 person but beyond that have no real idea. Any thanks would be appreciated!
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Old 02-27-07, 05:25 PM   #2
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Hilleberg The Tent Maker

www.hilleberg.com

I have the Hilleberg Una. Actually I haven't put mine into service yet, but I have erected it a few times and I'm impressed. These tents are quite expensive but wonderfully designed and made. They're worth your consideration.
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Old 02-27-07, 05:26 PM   #3
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Try this,a bit heavy but mine has withstood all the weather that long term living could throw at it

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I just bought a Kelty Crestone (one person) and when I set it up in the living room it seemed great. We'll see how it does on my April tour in Tx.
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MSR Hubba (One Person), MSR Hubba Hubba (Two Person), Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 (One Person)
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Old 02-27-07, 06:33 PM   #6
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http://www.bdel.com/gear/firstlight.php

Black Diamond (climbing gear) makes some tents out of silnylon, and epic fabric. They are really light for their size. I have the lighthouse, which was one of few models they offered a few years ago. Now they have maybe eight or so models, including a few one man (oops, I mean one mmm "person") models. My lighthouse made it through six weeks of really strong winds, and heavy rains in flying colors. Like all single wall tents, condensation can be a problem, especially in heavy rain or snow-"sheeting" occurs. Still, it wasn't much worse than a double wall tent under similar conditions. Check em out!

Here's all their tents.

http://www.bdel.com/gear/tents_overview.php

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Old 02-27-07, 06:43 PM   #7
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I am in the process of assembling touring gear. I have read good things about the REI two man half dome tent on this forum. I thought I would probabley go with that.
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Old 02-27-07, 07:06 PM   #8
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Don't buy the REI Half Dome
I had one, the MSR Hubba Hubba is much better if your looking for a two person tent
It's larger, better ventilation, and weighs less
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I looked over many tents before I bought (as I am sure others have done as well). I was looking for a 2 person tent to give me more room for stowing gear, a fly that offered outside storage area, good air flow, two doors for easy entry and exit, weighs less than 6 pounds, has aluminum poles (fiberglass breaks too easily from normal use), is tall enough for sitting upright for changing cloths, good solid tenting fabric for waterproofness, and all under $150.

I found the Kelty Gunnison 2 to be the one that best fit the criteria I sought. Here's a link from Campmor to this tent, and they now have it on sale for $120 (the 2007 version is $150). I would buy this tent again.


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I have a 3 person Nallo which is one fine tent, seems to be well rated. It has stood up to snow, loads of rain and general abuse with-out a glitch. These guys know how to make a good tough light tent, the nallo is available in a 2 man version. Post number 2 gave you the web site. The hilleberg tents seem to hold their value like none other.
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I second a vote for the BD lighthouse. got one, use it for a lot of sumer and 3 season touring, and it packs up almost as small as a one liter water bottle. its great lightweight tent. I also use tarps a lot.

a nice hoop tent with a little vestibule would serve you just fine.
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any big agnes-i,ve got a sarvis sl-1,it's actually almost a 2 man tent-superior quality and almost reasonable
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I forgot to mention that the Adventure Cycling Association sells some bike touring supplies (including tents) that are reported to be tested by seasoned tourists and among the best equipment out there for the price. (Not a commercial for them but, so far, I've been impressed with their stuff.)
http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm
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Stephenson Warmlite two person tent is worth a look. Weighs less than most one person tents, too.
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I have used Henry Shire's Tarptents with great success touring on and offroad including the Divide Ride. Very light weight with excellent ventilation, bug and rain protection and easy setup. Also reasonably priced.
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I just bought a Sierra Designs Baku 2. Its a 2 person, 2 door, 2 vestibule tent that is single/double wall hybrid. What i like about it most is the fly is attached to the tent so you can set it up in the rain and the inside won't get wet.
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atrail,

Go to a outdoor store and check them out in person. Outside of perhaps the very cheapest tents, quality isn't going to be an issue. Along the C&O (and probably almost anywhere else) you'll want a tent that can quickly be put up to get out of the mosquitoes and no see ums. Most of them will have this but make sure it has good air flow. I prefer a fly that is not attached because it will give you more uses for the fly, like rain protection for your gear when riding.

I used a bivy on my tour but on my next one, I will be carrying both a 2lb bivy and a 7x5 tent.
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Don't buy the REI Half Dome
I had one, the MSR Hubba Hubba is much better if your looking for a two person tent
It's larger, better ventilation, and weighs less

Are you sure about the larger part?

REI Half Dome floor 90"x54" min wt: 81oz $169
MSR 84"x50" min wt: 62oz $299

I'd have looked closer at the Hubba Hubba, but at my height, the extra 6" were key. That, and since my wife is usually withm the extra width was key, especially if we ever wanted to break out the 25" thermarests on a canoe or car camping trip. Are the REI dimensions overstated or is the MSR understated?
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I've decided on the Big Agnes SL1. Very light, it's as light a tent as I have found and it has a fly (essential to my way of thinking after years of backpacking). That and it's a beige color—which should blend in fairly well with the surroundings (stealth an' all). BA makes an SL2 as well.

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I've decided on the Big Agnes SL1. Very light, it's as light a tent as I have found and it has a fly (essential to my way of thinking after years of backpacking). That and it's a beige color—which should blend in fairly well with the surroundings (stealth an' all). BA makes an SL2 as well.
most excellent choice-i got mine at their "special" department,$137,great score-you'll be very happy with tnis product
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big agnes is selling new sarvis sl2,s in their special section-$227-that's $150 off retail
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That's what I got. Love it.
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Are you sure about the larger part?

REI Half Dome floor 90"x54" min wt: 81oz $169
MSR 84"x50" min wt: 62oz $299

I'd have looked closer at the Hubba Hubba, but at my height, the extra 6" were key. That, and since my wife is usually withm the extra width was key, especially if we ever wanted to break out the 25" thermarests on a canoe or car camping trip. Are the REI dimensions overstated or is the MSR understated?
I'm not sure about the length/width, but it is definitely larger in height
It just 'feels' larger

Don't get me wrong, the Half Dome is also a good tent with an excellent rainfly, but it's heavier and in my opinion not 'as good'
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+1 big agnes sl1. great tent!
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