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The answer(s) to this question have probably not changed much since last time it was asked....and answered at excessive length. Some like cheap, some like expensive, some like tarps, some prefer domes, others tunnels.....
Try a search and see if you've still got unanswered questions.
I pers would sugggest a tent per person so if somthing go's wrong & split
or if somone wants to go to see somthing elswhere.
however i have always found a 1 man tent is not enough space for a biker & all the gear boots helmet etc.
I used to love MSR tent, even when they are so expensive. Untill I discovered Big Agnes tents. Have a look on their website. It's almost like they have the same designer working for them. But they sell them cheaper, and I can't tell where the difference in quality is.
I ended up with the Gore because it give more square boxed space. But they also do the Hubba Hubba design in several sizes.
If you can get a US seller that ships it to Europe, have a look for a shipping quote with Shipito.com.
Cheers peeps, I shall look into this Big Agnes. My main concerns are the size once packed and durability. I will be sleeping alone in it, but I need a three man as we shall use it as the main social tent for activities etc
Well I have had many tents not that one but it is a good tent. Thing is when you riding in some far off land getting a new tent sent to may not be as easy as you think. May take weeks or months and that is if they send you one at all. I go for cheaper tents and if I need a new I get one when I can. Most problems I have with tents are the floor and zippers after that a spark from a fire will put a hole in it faster than you can blink. Longest I have had a tent is 15 years shortest was a day.
Big Agnes makes good kit but most of there tents look a bit funny to me bit to much screen.
Take a tarp any way and some rope. Works for a floor, footprint, and a shelter if need be.
In the end it is up to you and your needs as if a tent is right for you.
First, there is no perfect tent for all applications. This is obvious, but I mention it again because apparently it's not so obvious as it seems to me.
Second, you can spend a lot of money and get a tent which is strong, well-made, spacious, and lightweight. This is my preference, having owned plenty of tents which were either strong and heavy, or light and crappy construction, or tiny, or in other respects compromises. I like having the whole package, and I like it to last a loooonnnnngggg time in heavy use. The last thing I want is a tent which fails me during the odd unexpected wind, snow, rain or other potentially catastrophic situation. I'm willing to pay double to prevent this, and I don't care if I need to spend extra time in setup and packing.
I now use Hilleberg tents--a little one and a big one. They function well, are ridiculously well-constructed, are as light as anything on the market, and don't break. In the States, they cost about as much as the prices I see quoted for far inferior tents purchased in England, but I don't know what this means if you're shopping locally.
In deep snow during winter I sometimes use a Megamid, but that's a different approach entirely. I wouldn't bring one of these if there was any chance of bugs, floods or other impediments to a good night's sleep.
My other tents I've long since given away to less picky folks.
I have just spent two weeks researching this as the last two tents I bought were disappointing - in the end I went for a Vango Force Ten Vortex 200, (3-man version is the Vortex 300). It's a four season expedition tent, RRP £350 but I got it for £245.
Vango are a Scottish company and a lot of their tents are DoE Recommended kit (Duke of Edinburgh Awards).
Plus points include:
Outer-first as-one pitching - ideal for fast pitching in bad weather
Flysheet has very high Hydrostatic Head of 5000mm
Ground sheet is 8000mm HH
Full geodesic design with 7 crossover points
Domed shape gives it lots of headoom
Doors at both ends - handly if the weather changes overnight
A few things I learned whilst researching:
Previously I had a North Face tent - almost all North Face tents have a very tiny hydrostatic head, even their £5000 expedition tents are 1500mm - not much use in Scotland.
The MSR tents I looked at could not be pitched outer-first. Same for the well respected Terra Nova Voyager. The Voyager has much less headroom too.
It's very hard to find tents that can be pitched flysheet first, and as-one, unless you're willing to spend lots of money (except with Vango Force Ten).
i would definately not share a tent, at some stage you will be sick of the sight of your mates and want your own space to chillax in. personally a 3 man tent is too small for me sometimes. i couldnt imagine sharing it with 2 others with all their stuff too dont forget bikers have much bulkier gear than hikers or leisure campers.
and if something happens to a tent (fire, bear attack, meteor shower, run over etc) you can share in an emergency instead of you all going cold and wet.
It's a very personal compromise between usable space, bad weather reliability, weight and bulk. For me, I have a Hilleberg Akto (one person) that I like.
- lots of space for gear
-lightweight (less than 3 pounds ) and low bulk
-Easy to set up
-very good weather protection
-well made, should last many years
-a downside for some is that it is not freestanding. It must be staked out to stand. No setting this one up in parking lot somewhere. That doesn't matter much to me, since so far I've never wanted to set up on asphalt.
Big tents can work well, too. I just can't justify the weight and space they take up.
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