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Old 12-30-05, 08:44 AM
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MSR Velo tent

Hi all,

Just FYI for those interested in purchasing a MSR Velo tent but are struggling with the $400 price tag. I went to an REI and asked about the tent. They searched all USA inventory and found me one in Salt Lake that was marked "discontinued" and marked down to $209. It arrived in perfect new condition. Some salesman samples on ebay recently went for $300. This 2 person tent has huge vestibules that will easily hold two bikes. Not bad for a ten pound tent.

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Wish I'd known that before buying my last tent, a GT Tunnel 3. I like it, very roomy, but it's definitely not as protective and sturdy as a MSR Velo.

Can I have yours? =)
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a ten-pound tent? even if it came with a shower, cooked dinner and had a hot cup of coffee ready for me in the morning i wouldn't carry something that heavy and bulky. i don't even bother looking at tents over 4 lbs, the one exception being my 4-season mountaineering tent which is, although it lacks a shower, pretty handy with a cup of jo.
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Old 12-31-05, 10:41 AM
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Sometimes going as light as possible is desirable, but sometimes comfort is more desirable. When I tour alone, I take my solo hanging-tent (Henn. hammock).

But, when I take my wife on a fully loaded comfort ride, I use my Bob yak, put everything in that, and use our GT3 Tunnel. It's huge inside, and feels so luxurious to be able to spread out so much. It's also very airy, nice breeze comes through.

Using the yak also means my wife doesn't have to carry a single thing. Reducing her effort and increasing mine means that our travel speeds are balanced out. She can take it easier, I get a workout, we travel at teh same speed, and everyone is happy.

I still would've loved to get a MSR Velo, but now I have three tents, so can't really justify getting another.

Tent 1: Hennessy hammock: for solo bike tours.
Tent 2: Smaller two person tent, 4-season, bomb-proof, for shorter trips.
Tent 3: Giant Tunnel tent, nice weather, touring with wife.
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Old 12-31-05, 07:23 PM
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The Velo makes sense for me because of all the reasons listed from becnal. In addition, I live in rainy Holland with bike theft an issue. I can sleep with the bike inside. There are no hills. An extra five lbs. is nothing compared to the comfort and security. The post was to alert others of a potential deal, but since you mention weight I also use a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 which gets the job done in the states. It is 3.5 with footprint and stuffs into a football size. I am also preparing to do some triathlons next year and ride to work each day with two kids in another trailer (125 lbs). Every ride for me must be a training run and since it is as flat as a pancake here, weight replaces hills (kind of).
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I bet you could get a Hilleberg with a large enough vestibule at about half the weight, but the price is much higher...

I was a gear tester for MSR when they introduced the Velo, and most testers thought it was heavy, but a great bigazz vestibule, HUGE!

I like my tents to be under six pounds, even the high altitude 4 season mountain variety. my 'summer' tent for two weighs in at under 4 pounds, is worthy of winter blizzards and packs up the size of about a six pack of bagels.

A big vestibule may be great for touring, but a ten pound tent packs up about the size of a pony keg- bigger than a cheap JCpenny sleeping bag. I couldn't see it on my bike, maybe in a Bob trailer. Of course, you've ALWAYS got to defer to the ladies sense of comfort while camping, fellas.....
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