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Old 05-16-14, 03:24 PM
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affordable lightweight tents.

ok so i'm after a super dooper 3 season light weight tent that wont cost an arm and a leg to buy,say 150 to200 euro tops.must have's.
loads space 2 person.
storm proof
light not more than 2kg
pitch all in one
super easy to pitch
so yeah i'm living in dream land i know but is there any thing out there worth looking at,surly there must be.


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The Sierra Designs Lightning-2:
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 (2014) 3-Season Backpacking Tent | Reviews
looks like a pretty close fit to your specifications. When you say "loads space 2 person" does that mean lots of space with two pretty big people in it or that you want a nominal 2-person tent to have loads of space for yourself and gear? This one will fit two, but won't have all that much room left over.

I'm leaving on a bike tour in a couple days using my 21 year old Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. Haven't used the Lightning model personally, but have liked their tents in general (both mine and those of others).
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Thanks for that Prathmann well worth 200 bucks i should think.

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The Eureka Spitfire 2, easy on the wallet.
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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
The Sierra Designs Lightning-2:
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 (2014) 3-Season Backpacking Tent | Reviews
looks like a pretty close fit to your specifications. When you say "loads space 2 person" does that mean lots of space with two pretty big people in it or that you want a nominal 2-person tent to have loads of space for yourself and gear? This one will fit two, but won't have all that much room left over.

I'm leaving on a bike tour in a couple days using my 21 year old Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. Haven't used the Lightning model personally, but have liked their tents in general (both mine and those of others).
+1

I have both the Sierra Design Lightning 2 and the Clip Flashlight. The Clip Flashlight is pretty small for 2 people, but we have used it quite a bit. The new model Lightning is quite a bit different than our older model. I think I like the features of the older design better than their 2014 model.

The Lightning 2 is a great tent and it actually replaced the Clip Flashlight for bike tours about 8 years ago. The L2 is roomy and durable. It is a 3-season+ tent and we use it for bike touring, ski touring and backpacking. We also have a Sierra Designs 4 season tent that is bomb proof for winter and climbing trips.

The green tent is the Clip Flashlight, the yellow is the Lightning 2. We use both tents when my wife and I do our traditional annual tour with our 2 daughters. The L2 weighs right at 2 kg., is spacious enough for 2, and has a nice vestibule to cover gear etc.


Lightning 2 without rainfly.


With rainfly. We've used it a lot outside the "3-season" window.

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Old 05-17-14, 03:49 AM
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oh fantastic a picture paints a thousant words for sure
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The Eureka Spitfire 2, easy on the wallet.
Great tent at a great price.
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If you can manage a single wall shelter, look at Tarptent.com. Good quality and price, marketed mainly for long distance backpacking. Great for bike touring, too, I found. One drawback for many is managing condensation.
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Great deal on this tent right now: REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent - Free Shipping at REI.com
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But Anto is in Ireland.
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Originally Posted by andrewclaus View Post
If you can manage a single wall shelter, look at Tarptent.com. Good quality and price, marketed mainly for long distance backpacking. Great for bike touring, too, I found. One drawback for many is managing condensation.
For our purposes for a couple who likes room, that Tarptent Cloudburst 3 looks the ticket.

The only significant issue would be the condensation, as you say. But that exists in many double-wall tents anyway, and there seem to be some ways to help reduce its effect in this design.
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I just got myself a Nemo Morpho tent, which uses "airbeams" instead of poles for support. It comes with a foot pump to inflate the beams, which are extremely durable (not to mention cheap and easy to replace if they do somehow tear or fail), and the whole thing packs down very small and light. I'll be using it for the first time next week, but I got it after reading pretty much nothing but glowing reviews about Nemo's airbeam tents.
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Old 05-18-14, 03:22 AM
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[QUOTE @jason;16767029]Great deal on this tent right now: REI Quarter Dome 2 Tent - Free Shipping at REI.com[/QUOTE] @jason thanks for that looks a nice tent BUT been mostly mest inside is it going to make for a breezy tent even with the fly up.a friend of mine bought the wikiup tp tent with custom inner, he hated it said he might as well have slept outside,to breezy on inside.when i zip up my tent i want to be sealed inside if you get my meaning.
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Old 05-18-14, 02:48 PM
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Don't you need ventilation for hot temps and for reducing condensation? I have the QD 2 tent by the way but haven't taken it out yet.

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Old 05-18-14, 03:09 PM
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yes i imagine you would but if its all mesh its gonna be a cold tent,(not that tents are wrm ) but hey .
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If you're relying on the tent to keep you warm, you're doing it wrong. Use your sleeping bag to keep you warm, use the tent to keep you dry and bug free.

I have a quarter dome, and it's a great. It's just big enough for two people to share without being one on top of the other and it has huge vestibules for gear. It won't keep you warm, but neither will most tents (Except for the Stephenson Warmlight, maybe).
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If you're relying on the tent to keep you warm, you're doing it wrong. Use your sleeping bag to keep you warm, use the tent to keep you dry and bug free..
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I believe that this is the best approach. IMO-It is easier to stay warm in a tent with a lot of mesh than to stay cool in a tent with limited ventilation. Well designed tents allow the rain fly to be snugged down to help cut down unwanted breezes. There might be a tent that balances this, but for most bike touring situations, I'd take more mesh.

We were looking at the REI Quarter Dome last week, and it looks like a great tent. Besides having 2 doors, which are really handy; it also has REI's excellent return policy.

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I have Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5. It is not freestanding but it's a very good quality tent and economical- I paid about $100. With the fly, it is good wind resistant design. Also comes in two person size.

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There are a lot of really amazing Ultra lightweight tents out there. I just added a St Agnes Fly Creek UL2 at 2lbs 5oz, it is not the lightest, but is pretty good. It bests my St Agnes Seedhouse 2UL by nearly a pound, unfortunately the ultalights are not budget tents.
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I'm also a big fan of the Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. Mine has served me well for several seasons. Reasonably lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to set up. It does well in rain and packs fairly small.

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thanks everyone for the input but i'm not altogether impressed i'm sorry not trying to be a smart arse god forbid,
but last year i came across a guy with this ginormas Tpee tent,it must have weighed a ton but his argument was ,he could walk in and out of it get dressed standing up it was completly bomb proof except for the weight. so it just got me thinking why the hell cant a tent like that be made from the lightest materials and why should it cost the earth to buy.
i had the hilleberg akto tent man i hated it like sleeping in a coffin useless piece of kit and damn expensive,i then still have the Mountain Hardware spear gt2, much better i bought it used for 100 euro like new but its 2.5kg and a pain to pitch also the fly doesn't go all the way to the ground that cracke me up ,sorry i'm a geek i know but look its what i want in a tent,loads room easy pitch light loads of room.
ok so put me up against the wall a shoot me.
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I'm glad i stumbled into this thread. My wife and I are looking to do some bikepacking this year. Big question, On the above models discussed. What is the actual 'pack size'. I always seem to find on that seems to meet my requirements and then the actual pack size is ridiculous, as well as the weight. So with the models you mention. Are the specs the "actual pack size'? that's another annoying thing i find. A claimed pack size and unless you are lugging around a vacusealer kit, forget it...damn thing fit in the box, once.
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
What's the actual size on the
Nemo Morpho tent? And airbeams sound like a good idea!
The Sierra Designs Lightning-2? size?

I have a Eureka now that works great for our backpacking and state park hopping by car but it is a load even for backpacking, durable and heavily weatherproof. But it's not going anywhere on my bike unless i pull it in a trailer, and i would also prefer to go with a lighter weight as described above.

I should mention when i am by myself. I use a hammocks, slap straps, and mosquito net with a small tarp and rope to place over me. it works.

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I'm glad i stumbled into this thread. My wife and I are looking to do some bikepacking this year. Big question, On the above models discussed. What is the actual 'pack size'. I always seem to find on that seems to meet my requirements and then the actual pack size is ridiculous, as well as the weight. So with the models you mention. Are the specs the "actual pack size'? that's another annoying thing i find. A claimed pack size and unless you are lugging around a vacusealer kit, forget it...damn thing fit in the box, once.
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
What's the actual size on the
Nemo Morpho tent? And airbeams sound like a good idea!
The Sierra Designs Lightning-2? size?

I have a Eureka now that works great for our backpacking and state park hopping by car but it is a load even for backpacking, durable and heavily weatherproof. But it's not going anywhere on my bike unless i pull it in a trailer, and i would also prefer to go with a lighter weight as described above.


That is the tent and rainfly. Use a compression sack instead of the furnished stuff sack. Also just stuff it, don't try to roll or fold it.

Older model Lightning 2

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Originally Posted by antokelly View Post
thanks everyone for the input but i'm not altogether impressed i'm sorry not trying to be a smart arse god forbid,
but last year i came across a guy with this ginormas Tpee tent,it must have weighed a ton but his argument was ,he could walk in and out of it get dressed standing up it was completly bomb proof except for the weight. so it just got me thinking why the hell cant a tent like that be made from the lightest materials and why should it cost the earth to buy.
i had the hilleberg akto tent man i hated it like sleeping in a coffin useless piece of kit and damn expensive,i then still have the Mountain Hardware spear gt2, much better i bought it used for 100 euro like new but its 2.5kg and a pain to pitch also the fly doesn't go all the way to the ground that cracke me up ,sorry i'm a geek i know but look its what i want in a tent,loads room easy pitch light loads of room.
ok so put me up against the wall a shoot me.
unfortunately, with tents, you can't have it all...have to compromise somewhere
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