Oct 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm #1295427
It's been a while since I've been here. I don't hike a lot, but I'm planning to go hiking again. I've hiked using a Jack Wolfskin Gossamer tent before, it was what I could afford. Not super lightweight, but in terms of weight, good enough for me. However, I couldn't sit upright in the tent, which sort of annoyed me at times, when it rained every day :p
So I'm looking for a tent or tent setup with the following requirements:
– Being able to sit upright
– Weigh less than 1.5kg total (that's 3 pounds or so) preferably under 1 kg.
– Not too expensive
– Bug free
– Quite versatile (withstand long rains, but doesn't need to go to the north pole either)
– Can be bought in Europe (which can be a problem sometimes, sadly)
I do have a Golite poncho tarp, which I could use somehow in the setup, but I don't think going full tarping is the best plan for me. For one thing because I don't see how one could easily set it up to be both windproof and high enough to sit under. Perhaps I could make it adjustable or so. Anybody any tips?
But perhaps buying a tent is better. So far I was looking at the Golite Shangri-LA-1 but I can't find a reseller in Europe. And I was looking at the Six Moon Design Skyscapers, but surely there is a lot more out there.
Thanks a lot for any help you can provide. I'm not really into all of this so I hoped you could help. Any suggestions on tents/systems would be great.
T-RexOct 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm #1923580
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
I see the Shang-ri-la tents on Gear Swap all the time- perhaps you could get one of the sellers to ship to your location if you pay the difference in shipping costs?
The tent I currently use falls into your requirements (except I'm not sure if it's available for sale in Europe): I use the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. However, my most folks' standards here, that's a heavy tent.Oct 22, 2012 at 7:34 am #1923606
I'd look at some of the Mid designs, almost all can be had w/ a inner "tent" when you need bug protection- when you don't you can simply use the outer. Most are very weather (wind/rain/snow) resistant. Most are pretty darn light.
I have both a Duomid that is used when my wife comes along or solo winter camping and a Solo Trailstar (now called Cricket tarp)
the Mid design allows plenty of room to situp and something like a Duomid for 1 person is very spacious
as mentioned above these pop up frequently on Gear SwapOct 22, 2012 at 8:01 am #1923609
Look up the LightHeartGear Solo. Judy makes top notch tents, i believe the custom which comes in your color of choice is $275 and the standard is $245. I believe the weight is somewhere around 27oz and you can definitely sit up inside! You'll have to order the tent and have it shipped from the states though.Oct 22, 2012 at 9:07 am #1923627
@bookLocale: Northern California
I really like my fly creek ul1. It's barely over two lbs. I can sit up in it (5'8')to change clothes no problem. With a polycryo ground sheet it's pretty great.Oct 22, 2012 at 9:14 am #1923632
Re: sitting up, how tall are you?
Tarptent Moment is a good option.Oct 22, 2012 at 11:28 am #1923675
@hhopeLocale: East Bay
tarptent rainbow is huge inside, because it has the arch going the long way, almost all the space inside is usable. It's also very easy to pitch, and takes little room on the ground. However, cross winds are probably going to blow cold air through the tent because it is still basically a tarp-tent.
It actually feels sort of ridiculously huge to me.
I don't know if tarptents are easy to get in europe though.
I believe, based on that data provided by European tent companies, that the silnylon they are using is significantly more water resistant than the stuff being used in the USA, even the shield stuff. ie, 5000 mm hydrostatic head, and in heavy rain, that's a big deal, so you might want to verify those numbers, the US stuff seems to be around 1500 or so, not sure what the shield sil that Henry of tarptent sources is officially. Maybe 2000 I'm guessing?Oct 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm #1923720
@pda123Locale: Eastern Mass
Terra Nova have some really weight 1 person light tents. laser competition is under a kilo (but pricey) but they have a cheaper version, the zephyros 1 which is half the price but 1.5 kilos. Headroom is restricted, as in almost all single hoop pole tents. Tarptent is an exception, and the stratospire 1 is under a kilo (plus trekking poles) and has 48" headroom (about 1m4cm). Not sure if there is a distributor in europe, but a quite a few users in the UK (but they may buy direct).
Bacpackinglight.co.uk has two moderately priced, lightweight 1+ tents worth investigating. The lightwave, which is a single hoop, but with 1m 8cm height in the centre, and the Minipeak 2, which is a pyramid type.Oct 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm #1923734
If you want a 24 oz. Solo tent with bug protection and wind/rain protection, the SMD Skyscape series is very nice. Right at 1 kg is the Scout and it's only $125. For $225, you can get the Skyscape Trekker (24 oz. seam sealed with guy lines), and for $450 or so, the all cuben Skyscape X is 15 oz. These are very well made (i've owned the Scout and Skyscape and the X gets good reviews) and quite spacious for one. If you don't use/own trekking poles, you need the optional poles, but they are also very reasonably priced.Oct 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm #1923775
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I love my Tarptent Moment but they have six (!) other solo tents to choose from. I believe no other tent maker has as many solo tent designs. And Henry's designs are very clever and solid.
And as mentioned above, the Six Moon Design Skyscape silnylon tent is very good and their Cuben fabric Skyscape X is to die for – IF you can afford it.Oct 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm #1923925
How about the LightHeart Gear Solo?
– Solo – CHECK
– Being able to sit upright – CHECK, I'm 6'0 and have no problem at all.
– Weigh less than 1.5kg total (that's 3 pounds or so) preferably under 1 kg. – CHECK, 27 ounces
– Bug free – CHECK
– Quite versatile (withstand long rains, but doesn't need to go to the north pole either) – CHECK. Room enough room to bring gear inside. The awning option makes it even more versatile.
– Can be bought in Europe (which can be a problem sometimes, sadly) – CHECKOct 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm #1924042
Very nice double wall enclosure. Only four stakes. Go check it outOct 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm #1924044
@carpenhLocale: St. Vrain River Valley
+1 on the Notch. Easy to set up, roomy, well ventilated.
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