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In my opinion, best tent is no tent. I try to sleep in beds. I did the military service and I had enough of wilderness sleeps. But sometimes there is no bed... Ok, I carry a tent just in case. But "Just In case" sometimes is really often when you are out.
What I hate most is wasting time setting up and keeping camping stuff. So at last I decided to carry one of the best and esasiest tent ever. Big enough, easy to set up, fast to keep. It is from an American company: Rei.
Whatever you get, bring a tarp. Preferably something intended for camping, not to cover a load on a truck. Extra protection from the elements for the tent or the bike (or both!) and it'll give you a bunch more livable space if you're stuck waiting out a storm some place.
I can't remember if I've ever slept well in a tent. Even with a proper insulated air pad under me I always wake up with a sore neck and back. So I stopped using a tent and got a hammock. I slept better in my Hennessey Hammock Expedition Asym than my bed at home on the 3 week trip I took last summer. Only thing that bugged me about it was the setup time (which is why I sold it), but there are some minor modifications that can be made to make setting up easy as can be. There are also other proper camping hammocks out there than just the Hennessey and while most of the shops are very small operations in the US I think most will ship internationally.
If I had to go back to ground dwelling, I'd probably end up with a simple monk tarp and superlight bivy from Mountain Laurel Designs (one of those tiny shops I mentioned). Total weight would be just over a pound and take up as much space as a soda bottle.
Whatever you do, don't skimp on the tent if you plan to spend a good number of nights sleeping rough. You can get by with inferior quality on a lot of kit, but your tent is your last refuge, and if it fails at the wrong time you'll be not just miserable, but possibly endangered. Sure, a lot of people have relied on a cheap tent and got away with it, but a lot more people wind up sorry.
I second the numerous references to Hilleberg here. Absolutely top quality and worth every penny. MSR tents are quite decent too, but Hilleberg uses a superior fly coating (silicone).
I like the Bibler tents, now owned by Black Diamond. Single wall with no fly, breathable, water proof and tough as nails! If i had to replace it, it would be with another Bibler hands down.
When it comes to tents for me this is my list of priorities:
2. Room for gear in the vestibules
3. free standing so I can pitch it on sand and rock easily
4. Mosquito netting is a must
5. Two entrances - when you store all your gear at one entrance it's easy to use the other when you need to go out in the middle of the night instead of going through your wet gear
6. Possibility of pitching the outer tent first
I have just purchased the Kyham Highlander 3 man tent, only put up the once in the back garden, only drawback I can see at present is packed width is 80cms.
I have an hammock that I have used once and find it a bit restrictive, also got a 2 pole tarp which I tried in the garden but gave up as I could not erect the poles properly!
for a good choice of tents with good build quality and durability, as well as a reasonable price, i would reccomend Wild Contry tents.
I personally would stay away from single wall tents in warmer weather.
If money isnt a problem and you want th eright tent, you could also try the Norwegian tent maker helsport. available through the excellent tamarack outdoors website. They also do excellent wilderness travel kit!
I personally would stay away from single wall tents in warmer weather.
I agree, and this is why I settled on Hilleberg instead of Bibler. The Biblers (formerly Todd Bibler's company, now owned by Black Diamond) are robust, high-quality, strong single-wall tents. Their original niche was alpine mountaineering, where absolute weatherproofness and strength are at a premium. Their breathability is ok, but not really suited to hot climates.
Hilleberg tents are double wall, and while they don't breath as well as netting tents, neither do they let in cold drafts or wind-driven snow and rain. You've got to make certain choices about how you'll be using your gear, and which features are more important.
Both these brands are lightweight compared to the competition. Both are expensive. Being designed for severe weather use, none of their original models are self-supporting (i.e., "domes")--you'd understand why if you ever had to chase a wind-driven, fully-erected dome tent down a steep glacier! Of course, I haven't checked their models recently, so maybe there are other designs by now.
Hope that helps.
(from the northern edge of the Pantanal, heading towards Chapada, then Brasilia)
I don't know what you guys really consider a (very) good tent.
As for me, I have this:
It really gives me all I need for a good price! Taped seams, free pitching, 4.3 kilogram weight, 7075 aluminum poles, 2 entrances, and so on, and so on (check this URL for more info Rejka Outgear). If you are looking for brand names, of course, you should get a NorthFace or something similar.
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