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Million Dollar Question - The tent for 1

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ok, I have searched searched and searched but there are so many possibilities that I can see. Most are always showing as 2/3 person tents.

I am looking for a 1 man tent, for my trip to Russia and Mongolia. I have looked at the Vango Banshee 200, but feel it is too small. The Vango Omega 350, maybe a bit big for 1 person. Or maybe the Mirage 200.

Gven that I am travelling alone, wondering what others make of these
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banshee 300?

vango hurricane 300

marmot limelight3

i have used all 3 tents as a solo traveler,i always need the extra room for the biking gear + the comfort
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If I goto the Banshee 300 would it be easier to get the Omega?
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I had an Omega but found it too big and droughty even for 2 people. Much happier now, on my own or with another sharing, with the Banshee 300. Far better in a strong wind.
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most tents for two are only for two if both are skinny midgets and have no luggage.

Helix 200

That 2 man tent will only just work for a solo biker with larger bulky jacket, pants and boots that have to be out of the weather as well as himself and his tankbag etc.

Nice n light (sub 2 kgs) and sub 5 mins to put up.

Thats what I would be looking for
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Ok thanks for that. Plenty to think about.
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I had an Omega but found it too big and droughty even for 2 people. Much happier now, on my own or with another sharing, with the Banshee 300. Far better in a strong wind.
was it the omega 250?

i was considering buying one of those,
other then the size would you recommend one?
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Have a look at this, i am travelling on my own next year and defiantly going for a 2 man, it gives you somewhere to put your kit, panniers etc if you take them off your bike
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big money wouldnt you say,the specs look good though
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For what it is worth I use one of these when I am travelling solo Vango Halo 200 Lightweight Tent I use the halo 300 for two up. Two entrances so you can open up both sides and air your tent out and two porches to store gear in. I should also mention I use a tarp over the tent which my bike fits under and means I can unpack and cook and pack away when it is raining. I think the extra weight of the tarp justifies being able to pack stuff away in relative dry conditions and ensure it is dry. A wet tent and wet clothes weigh more than a tarp!


Each to his own and only repeated practise and experience will get you the set up that is just right for you. What works well for one may be useless for some one else but after lots and lots of tents (read money just wasted) this is what works for me.


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This is what I use for both Motorcycling and Back Country backpacking. It is from Black Diamond. It is three tents in one set. You can use the Tarp by itself, the bug tent by itself, or by using them together, and tying it down well, it can be used in very severe weather. I have winter hiked and used this tent and it stood up to snow and wind. You have to have a set of hiking poles to go with it as that is how the Center is held up. What is nice about it is that by offsetting the bottom of the poles a bit, it gives more room for one person, and lots of room for gear on the other side of the tent. Excellent quality and has never let me down. It is the only tent I have now. Not cheap, about $375 US, but worth every penny, especially if you plan on a long distance trip.

The best part of the tent is that in a rain storm, the fly goes all the way to the ground so it will keep the inside dry. The height of the wall of the fly can be increased to give ventilation to keep dampness out if it is humid.
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The perfect tent for 1 is actually a small tent for 2! Absolutely. And make sure it's self-standing.

Eureka and REI offer some really nice versions.
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The perfect tent for 1 is actually a small tent for 2! Absolutely. And make sure it's self-standing.

Eureka and REI offer some really nice versions.
+1 to get a small two man tent, ideally one that will stand without guy ropes and can be moved about assembled. dome tent.
also get a bed, a 4 leg camp bed. that way you are off the floor so can sleep well anywhere.
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also get a bed, a 4 leg camp bed. that way you are off the floor so can sleep well anywhere.
Yup. This is the most important camping thing I have. ThermaRest Cot. Packs into a small bag and weights about 3 lbs. The only issue with it is that it breaths, so that if it is a cool night, then the part of you laying against the cot will compress the sleeping bag and could get cool. I have a very thin foam pad that keeps that from happening.
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