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Old 10-10-10, 07:38 AM
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Dark colored tents for solo touring

I am wanting to do some stealth camping, and am looking for a tent.

It is easy for me to get some stuff on Taobao in China, but not everything. One tent I keep running into is the MSR Hubba Hubba. I have used one before, but they are *very* bright until they are a few years old.

Do you know of any popular brands that come with darker colors?

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Originally Posted by azesty
I am wanting to do some stealth camping, and am looking for a tent.

It is easy for me to get some stuff on Taobao in China, but not everything. One tent I keep running into is the MSR Hubba Hubba. I have used one before, but they are *very* bright until they are a few years old.

Do you know of any popular brands that come with darker colors?

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I love my Eureka Backcountry. It's olive green color renders it invisible at night. Even in daylight, it blends very well with the foliage, making it great for stealth camping. It's not the lightest tent, but it is very durable and keeps me dry in the worst weather. I've camped in mine over 250 times and the zippers still work perfectly and there are no tears in the fabric.
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This thread is useful for an idea of how to fix your, our, problem with flys that scream "here I am."
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Hilleberg Akto is very discreet green; I have trouble finding my own tent at times. The inner is yellow and gives a really nice colour light inside.
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The Sierra Designs Lightning xt 1 seems to fit all the requirements I'm, and maybe you're, looking for in a cycle touring tent. Haven't tried it yet, but has moved to the top of my wish list to replace my aged Eureka Spitfire 1. Esp like the large vestibule.

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A very inexpensive solution is a cover made of camo cloth or netting. Very cheap and can be lightweight too. Here's a source for the fabric
https://www.vtarmynavy.com/mossy-oak-break-up-fabric.htm

Apart from the ethics of it, watch out for your safety out there. Trespassing can get you shot in North Carolina.
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Eureka Backpacker
Forest Green
With a couple of options for fly color - stone grey or green

Here it is out in the open -
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Anyone ever lose their tent on a dark night?
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Never lost my tent, but once I got lost in the Tasmanian wilderness at the end of a long day. Was heading back to my tent and had wandered off the track and could find it again. In the last few minutes of light, when I was thinking I`d have to spend the night out in the cold with just shorts and T-shirt, I spotted a bright speck of blue about 500m down the valley. It was my tent. Wouldn`t have seen it if it was a stealth colour.

These days I`m needing a darkish tent, and noticed the MSR Hubba Hubba HP has a moss green fly. I don`t know if that`s available on Taobao, but something to keep in mind.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
Hilleberg Akto is very discreet green; I have trouble finding my own tent at times. The inner is yellow and gives a really nice colour light inside.
+1 on the Hilleberg colors. Although my "Soulo" poles are "golden" and would need to be painted matt black, aswell as a couple of reflective patches being taped over to be truly "ninja"

However on campsites it can be a very good thing to be a bit more visible so that huge mobile home doesn't back over you in the middle of the night! I often put my bike between my tent and the "road"
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I used the Eureka's Spitfire 1 on my tour. I have considered upgrading to a lighter tent but cant get myself to spend $100+ plus on a difference of 3-6 oz.

I had no problem stealthing but the rainfly is greyish. Not reflrective but not highly discreet either.
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Is there room in the Hilleberg Akto for sitting upright without touching it's top with ones head? I'm 6' 1" I have been considering the Akto.
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Stevenson is a Custom sewn tent, you pick the colors,(and features) when you order.
made in New Hampshire USA.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
Anyone ever lose their tent on a dark night?
Aye! Very humiliating indeed. Learned to lock the camp location on GPS the hard way (just in case).
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umph, when I was young, we didnt have GPS but would stick a bullrush out of the top of the cardboard box we slept in (any Python fans here?)
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 works for me for blending in. Light olive green color. Also comes in two and three man versions.
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I can sit upright in the Akto but Im 5'10. The height depends on the length of the chord which tensions the hoop in a bow and runs underneath the groundsheet. You can gain more height by shortening the chord a bit.
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generally Back pack tents are a Meter tall , solo tents a yard high.
for height look at single pole tepee tents like
The Mega Light Black diamond , sells or the GoLite Hex 3 ,
both offer a inner tent with a Mozzy canopy, and sewn in floor, to erect inside the outer fly ..

Snow campers don't worry about bugs , so the basic packaging is a floorless tent., bug screen /floor another item.
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REI Quarter Dome. Olive and silver. Shipping is $70 to Australia. Likely similar for China.
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Also, the Macpac Microlight in green is a good solo tent if you`re under 6'. Maybe you can get one locally as they are made in China now.
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