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Old 04-04-10, 09:38 PM
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Is this tent too carry across the nation?

I am in the market to buy a reasonable priced tent that is also easy to set up (Im not much of a backpacker!). I found this tent that is really easy to set up but it looks a bit too big to haul (check out the video provided by one of the reviews).

Do you think this would be too cumbersome to carry cross country?

https://www.amazon.com/Three-Person-C...0438558&sr=8-1


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Old 04-04-10, 10:10 PM
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That tent is WAY to heavy >10 pounds and too big, and with such a high profile it will blow over in the first wind storm.

The tent should be described as a "3 season backpacking tent" (unless you are camping in winter, brr, then it's 4-season.) The word "Camping" usually denotes car camping, and are heavy, bulky and often not very wind tolerant.

You should look for less than 6 pounds packed weight, preferably around 4 pounds, the tent body should have at least some mesh (not solid nylon) for ventilation, and the fly should cover the entire tent, so if it rains and blows wind at the same time (common!) you will stay dry. If you are sharing the tent, two doors is a really nice feature, but not required.

Ones with clips rather than sleeves for the poles are a bit easier to set up, but don't worry too much about that, because once you do it for a few days it will be second nature.

It's worth spending some more money on a tent, and selecting carefully, because if you like it you'll use it for years, and if you hate it you'll really hate it and have to buy another one.

Here are some better examples. If you join REI as a member, you get 20% off any full priced item until 4/18.

https://www.rei.com/product/799116
https://www.rei.com/product/796127
https://www.rei.com/product/779037
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Old 04-04-10, 10:12 PM
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One more thing - used tents could be a possibility, or borrowing - lots of people buy tents and store them in their garage for a decade or two. try ebay or craigslist
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Old 04-04-10, 10:42 PM
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If you're going to be wild or stealth camping, best to avoid tents with brightly colored rain flys. The REI Mountain Hardware looks to me like it meets all the desired criteria for a serviceable cycling tent.
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Old 04-05-10, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by lembeh View Post
I am in the market to buy a reasonable priced tent that is also easy to set up (Im not much of a backpacker!). I found this tent that is really easy to set up but it looks a bit too big to haul (check out the video provided by one of the reviews).

Do you think this would be too cumbersome to carry cross country?

https://www.amazon.com/Three-Person-C...0438558&sr=8-1


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For one person? Definitely way more than I would consider carrying. I did carry a similar weight, slightly bigger tent on the Trans America, but that was for three people and I still cussed it for it's weight every day in the mountains.
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Old 04-05-10, 07:27 AM
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Yes I thought it looked a bit on the heavy + bulky side when I saw the video. I will be biking solo but was looking to buy a 2 person tent just in case if I went on a camping trip or another tour with someone else. Thanks a bunch for your input, I think Im going to go for something a lot more compact + lightweight.
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Old 04-05-10, 07:36 AM
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Do practice putting up your tent BEFORE your first evening on tour... 'cos more than likely it will be dark, raining and blowing up a storm!

...although I do wish you balmy evenings after days of tailwinds of course
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Old 04-05-10, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
If you're going to be wild or stealth camping, best to avoid tents with brightly colored rain flys. The REI Mountain Hardware looks to me like it meets all the desired criteria for a serviceable cycling tent.
Plus, it's a side entry. I have a side entry Sierra Designs tent and really prefer that over the more usual end entry. With a side entry you can lay out your sleeping bag across the back side and then have easy access to all your gear from the doorway. Also, you don't have to crawl in and do 180 degree turn.

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Old 04-05-10, 09:17 AM
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The more I look at that Mountain Hardware Drifter 2 tent, the better it looks. Especially for the sale price and free shipping. Wish I needed a new tent. Good find Valygrl.

Lembeh, a footprint for your new tent will protect it's floor and help prevent water seepage. Does add weight/bulk tho. Many use a footprint, many don't. I just use a light weight tarp cut to floor plan. Much cheaper than OEM.
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Old 04-05-10, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
Do practice putting up your tent BEFORE your first evening on tour... 'cos more than likely it will be dark, raining and blowing up a storm!
Yeah. Practice. Once you think you've got the hang of it, practice in the dark.

Most modern tents are so easy to set up, it's heavenly comparted to what they were even twenty years ago...
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Old 04-05-10, 12:42 PM
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Another REI lightweight (...tent)

I agree valygrl - Here's one more option from REI:

https://www.rei.com/product/779205

Basically the same price as the Mtn Drifter, but I noticed it's rated a bit higher (though only 5 raters on the Sierra vs. 17 for the Mtn Hardware). I'm considering the Sierra for my Mississippi River Trail tour this summer.
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Old 04-05-10, 01:18 PM
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^ I bought a Eureka Spitfire Solo tent that is the same design as that Sierra one. But mine only cost me $85. I love it. It's under 3 lbs, with ample space inside to store maybe 1 pannier's worth. Although the vestibule is quite small.

If you're considering a tent like that one, get this instead: https://www.amazon.com/Eureka-2628315...0495018&sr=8-1
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Old 04-05-10, 03:36 PM
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What about these 2? Anyone used the Kelty Gunnison or this Tarptent tent?

https://www.rei.com/product/796133
https://www.tarptent.com/products.html (look for cloudburst 2)
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^ I bought a Eureka Spitfire Solo tent that is the same design as that Sierra one. But mine only cost me $85. I love it. It's under 3 lbs, with ample space inside to store maybe 1 pannier's worth. Although the vestibule is quite small.
My experience with the Spitfire 1 has been very good and for the price. can't be beat. I also have the Spitfire 2. The 2 is about a pound lighter than the MH Drifter. But as the op wants the space of a two man, at the sale price, I think the Drifter is a better buy than the Spitfire 2. More usable headroom, free standing, and a good reputation.
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https://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Solo-Ba...ef=pd_sbs_sg_5
what do you guys think of that?

3 lbs, 14 oz. should I go with something a little lighter? Has anyone ever used this one before?
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Old 04-05-10, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by one-headedboy View Post
https://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Solo-Ba...ef=pd_sbs_sg_5
what do you guys think of that?

3 lbs, 14 oz. should I go with something a little lighter? Has anyone ever used this one before?
Nice, freestanding tent with generous floor space for a solo. Color and weight ok. Peak height barely. Not enough mesh for where I live where it's hot and humid 5 months out of the year. Many would find the lack of a vestibule unacceptable, but there's enough room inside for at least a couple of panniers.
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I picked the 4lb, 2person, Kelty Grand Mesa 2 for $90 at Academy - https://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Grand-Me.../dp/B000W9TSY8 (much cheaper then the REI counter parts)
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Another consideration: where is the zipper for the fly? Mine is out at the middle, farthest point from the door (Rock 22). I notice a few (REI Half Dome, https://www.rei.com/product/794294) have the zipper close to the tent and fly door rolls out to the farthest point. Makes getting in and out easier.

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Originally Posted by lembeh View Post
What about these 2? Anyone used the Kelty Gunnison or this Tarptent tent?

https://www.rei.com/product/796133
https://www.tarptent.com/products.html (look for cloudburst 2)
A member of my group used the Gunnison last year, worked out great! Easy setup and packs nice, not too heavy.
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I like the Wenzel StarLight: 3lbs, $25, fits me along with all of my gear.

It is cheaply constructed and performs badly in the rain. Both of these problems can be mitigated by skill, care, and your other gear choices.
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REI has a good one under $100, 2 man, 5lbs.
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Old 04-06-10, 04:35 PM
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Thanks awesomejack! Less price + less weight = fatter wallet
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Here is the one I use a lot.
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Thanks a lot for you input guys.

I decided to go with a Kelty Gunnison 2.1. I was veering towards purchasing a Kelty Grand Mesa 2 but after reading about it being slightly cramped for 6'0 and over I decided to go with the longer Gunnison 2.1
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Good choice I like my Kelty
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