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Old 07-11-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Best one man adventure tent and sleeping bag?

Looking at doing some local adventure riding and need to find out what tent and sleeping bag performs best.

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Old 07-11-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Check the Gear forum.

Obviously it would also be a good idea if you give more info such as temperature range etc.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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I can't recommend a hammock strongly enough.
I sleep like a baby. Wake up without any aches and pains.
Best camping I've ever done. And very well suited to motorcycle adventures.

Warbonnet Blackbird is my current favorite. But I've tried several others.

So, there's an answer to a question you didn't ask.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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Any ideal on a budget for your tent? how often do you plan on using it? do you have a max pack size you want to stay with? temps you'll be camping in? might want to start out cheap, and see if you even enjoy Moto camping?



There are numerous tents out there from $50 to $500 and on, when I was looking for a tent, to do some moto camping on my ST1300 I had numerous folks recomend the Big Agnes tents, but they were out of my budget, I decided I wanted a 2 man tent, on the recomendations of most who moto camp, and my budget was $100-$200

My best advise is if you can carry a two or three man tent, do it, becasue realisticly, a two man fits one person comfortably, a 3 man fits two and so on. I have a 2 man, with full vestibules, it packs very small, I can leave my gear in the vestibule, and I can put a twin air mattress inside with a small bit of room on the side, but not much, I actually wish I would have bought a 3 man tent, for only a couple more inches of pack size, I'd have room enough to be very comfy. I may look into the ALPS Mountaineering 3 man tent on REI's outlet sight, or ya know honestly, the next time I moto camp on my ST1300 I'll probably just take the $28 dollar Rugged Exposuer tent I got on sale at Big 5 sports, we used it recently when we went car camping, it sets up quickly, still packs fairly small , it was under $30 bucks, and I really couldnt tell much differance between it and my expensive kelty tent, yes the quality is not the same, and in the rain, I'd rather have my Kelty, i jsut feel it might be better for rain, but the functionality of my $30 tent was the same as my expensive tent, many folks use Wall Mart Ozark trail tents and Big 5 Rugged Exposrue tents with no problems,



I had pretty much decided to go with a eureka Apex 2Xt tent, great little tent, inexpensive, full vestibule and just over $100 bucks, $104.95 delivered at time of posting, and if you dont want a full vestibule, that Apex model is about $75 bucks.
http://www.amazon.com/Eureka-Apex-Ad...8915615&sr=8-1

Also another then that comes highly recomended and seems to be a moto camping standard is the Half Dome 2 from REI still under $200 and if you get it during one of REI's big sales you can save another $50 bucks or so, and as with any REI product, you can return it at any time durig it's life if your not happy with it.
http://www.rei.com/product/794294

I like to search Amazon often, and some times it really pays off, I ended up getting a Kelty Pagosa 2 at the time it listed for about $260 bucks, I got it on sale for about $72 at Amazon, it was on sale for a few days, then went back up over $200, so it really pays to keep checking prices on products on Amazon,
A good sight for reviews of camping eqiipt.
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/kelty/pagosa-2/

Also REI outlet has several great deals on tents,http://www.rei.com/outlet/search?cat...&cat=22000022&


I know nothing about this tent, but it's $92 dollars off? might pack a bit big? but man for $61 might be worth a try.
http://www.amazon.com/High-Peak-Back...919826&sr=1-14

My Kelty without rain fly


My $30 Big 5 Sports tent

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Old 07-12-2010, 02:13 AM   #5
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Asking about camping gear here is like asking what's the best adventure motorcycle at these sites:

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=435

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...ght/index.html

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/

Tents are like riding gear....its all about compromises.
How much are you willing to pay?
How much weight are you willing to carry?
How much use will it get on your trip?

There's alot of great gear out there. Some of it made in the USA.

http://warbonnetoutdoors.com/

http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier....cat-tarps.html

http://www.gossamergear.com/cgi-bin/...l_Classic.html

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Old 07-12-2010, 07:48 AM   #6
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I can't recommend a hammock strongly enough.
I sleep like a baby. Wake up without any aches and pains.
Best camping I've ever done. And very well suited to motorcycle adventures.
x2. i carry a hennessy expedition assym hammock http://hennessyhammock.com/catalogue.html and LOVE it. as long as you have trees/sign posts to tie off to.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:57 AM   #7
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What temperature?

Does it matter how much weight you will carry?

How much space can you dedicate?

My choice on sleeping bags is Big Agness, hands down. These are made with a pocket sewn into the bottom for the air mattress.... it is impossible to roll off of your mat. The bottom also has no insulation since it doesn't do any good there anyway... that makes the bag smaller and lighted than others. I have 2... one summer, one winter... first rate stuff.

As for tents... lots to choose from. That REI one above is really good, especially for the money (OOP-it's a Kelty... REI has one just like). I have a Big Agness Lynx Pass 2 to take over for my well worn Bibler (which is really a spring, winter, fall tent). Do NOT buy a tent with sleeves for the poles.. PITA to set up.. go for clip on design unless you are planning on camping often in very high wind. Get FREE STANDING... no need for pegs.

I guess the other factors to consider are:

$$$$... the best stuff is spendy - but you will never be sorry you bought stuff that works and holds up.

usage - once/twice a year? Or are you going to live in it for weeks on end?

Where are you going? If you buy cheap & it shreds, what are the consequences.

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Old 07-12-2010, 10:51 AM   #8
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don't know if they're still around but Bibbler makes a killer one man. No fly IIRC and it's super light and packs down super small. i had a buddy who had one and he raved about it. It was pricey but top notch.

If you get a tent with a fly make sure the fly covers the ENTIRE tent, all the way to the ground (really not a foot less) or you will regret it.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:52 PM   #9
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Sorry for the lack of info. Currently on y 07 525 EXC for planned over nighters in the local deserts, or my 04 625 SMC also for local (within 300 miles) overnighters but in more road friendly type of adventures. I don't expect to be in any rain, over night temps will be in the 40 to 50 degree range. Traveling light without travel racks, probably just a dry bag strapped onto my bike.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:02 PM   #10
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2.5 lbs with stuff sack, good to 45f/7c or more if you wear fleece and drink
it pack about the size of a football if the ends didnt go to a point, 'bout 7" long x 4-5" wide compressed, ive used it with an uber light tent below freezing, with fleece & booze and was fine.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:03 PM   #11
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all subjective on temp & budget.
i use a lightweight 2 man tent. packs small, you sleep on 1 side room for inside gear storage on the other. rei makes some well built affordable tents. as for bags down packs smaller than synth fibers but is pricier.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:06 PM   #12
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Bibler also makes the I-tent(small 2 man) . It's expensive but it's a true emergency shelter and super easy to set up. Larger versions also available.

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don't know if they're still around but Bibbler makes a killer one man. No fly IIRC and it's super light and packs down super small. i had a buddy who had one and he raved about it. It was pricey but top notch.

If you get a tent with a fly make sure the fly covers the ENTIRE tent, all the way to the ground (really not a foot less) or you will regret it.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:05 PM   #13
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Hammock and a tarp.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:05 PM   #14
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--"planned over nighters in the local deserts"

Deserts... that's probably not a great place for hammocks.

I like this single man tent... it packs very, very small.
http://store.eurekatent.com/products...country_1_Tent

8'x3'... I'm 6' and can keep most of my gear down at the foot. Also recommend Synmat 9 (sleeping pad). Amazon has a pretty good deal on them.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:40 PM   #15
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My Bibler sucks in hot weather... no ventilation (newer ones are better) it's really a mountaineering tent & works best in cold. But... it packs small & is 4 1/2 pounds. Big Ag bag... lighter & smaller than any with similar temp rating due to the no floor design.
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