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Hey Ted, it's not the weight or price of the bags I'm on about it - it's the premium price people pay for superlight weight tents and other gear that goes in the bags. I'm debating it on ADV at present where my argument that spending $350 on a tent to save a kilo in weight doesn't make any sense when my elcheapo tent cost a tenth of the price and does the job just as well (for me at least).
I'm right there with you bro !! My £15 Tesco tent actually lasted longer than a £120 one which actually weighed more....

Cheap and disposable is the best way ever... There's nothing worse than carting around some expensive, bulky item that you hardly use or want to change, but can't ditch or give away because it cost too much..

I've done it too many times


When I finished my trip in South America, I ended up giving away an expensive riding suit and sleeping bag because I couldn't carry it home. I left a £200 tent in Buenos Aires because I got sick of carrying it too..

In Malawi I sold a £150 for £40 because I was bored of it and ended up ditching loads of other stuff that I was sick of carrying..

I'm like a rolling overland equipment charity...
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I'm like a rolling overland equipment charity...
so whats next mate? ditching the 15 quid tesco tent for a bag of jelly babies?
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so whats next mate? ditching the 15 quid tesco tent for £3?
The £15 is the only one I have left after leaving my others around the world lol...

I don't think i'm even going to carry camping and cooking stuff next time. Maybe just a tiny back packer tent for emergencies..

Hostels are bloody everywhere now and are often cheaper than camp sites.. Plus, you get to meet tons of great people.
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There's nothing worse than carting around some expensive, bulky item that you hardly use or want to change, but can't ditch or give away because it cost too much..
Like a 1200GSA ?
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Hey Ted, it's not the weight or price of the bags I'm on about it - it's the premium price people pay for superlight weight tents and other gear that goes in the bags. I'm debating it on ADV at present where my argument that spending $350 on a tent to save a kilo in weight doesn't make any sense when my elcheapo tent cost a tenth of the price and does the job just as well (for me at least).
$350.- for a tent... HA! ...try Euro 759.- or US$1,092.- (1.44 EX-RATE) for a 2-folks tent .

Not so much for the weight, but for good quality equipment. I don't buy into "elcheapo" doing an equally good job. But, we all have different expectations of our gear...
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$350.- for a tent... HA! ...try Euro 759.- or US$1,092.- (1.44 EX-RATE) for a 2-folks tent .

Not so much for the weight, but for good quality equipment. I don't buy into "elcheapo" doing an equally good job. But, we all have different expectations of our gear...
Although off the topic of the initial thread I agree with T.REX63 I bought a coleman tent which the perfect size, packed and up, weight the whole deal. Then I spent at least 30mins at every second site repairing snapped poles. Then the zipps started to fail...I think I will be buying quality this time..unless i can buy the same tent alone the way..maybe Touring Ted has the idea about hostels...
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I don't think i'm even going to carry camping and cooking stuff next time. Maybe just a tiny back packer tent for emergencies..

Hostels are bloody everywhere now and are often cheaper than camp sites.. Plus, you get to meet tons of great people.
Depends where you go I think, like if you were in Australia or the USA you wouldn't want to be paying $80 a night for a crappy motel room in between the cities.
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All of the best places I've spend the night have been camping. Heaps better than a feral guesthouse with sagged beds and 200 year old pillows.
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All of the best places I've spend the night have been camping. Heaps better than a feral guesthouse with sagged beds and 200 year old pillows.
Have to agree with that, we have a Hilliberg Kieron GT4 and we have used it through Europe etc, taking it next year on our American trip for 2 years or so
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Have to agree with that, we have a Hilliberg Kieron GT4 and we have used it through Europe etc, taking it next year on our American trip for 2 years or so
Hostels have their place and are good for certain things like getting tinea and bed bugs and having 18yo teenagers waking you up at 3am when they get back from partaying and leave the light on and then start to snore.

Personally if I'm going to meet people then I'd rather it be locals and not acne faced tourists on a RTW backpacking drinking binge.

I've met and kept in contact with more people especially locals by setting up my tent in someones farm, paddock or back yard then I have by staying the night in a cheap smelly dirty hostel. Not to mention the free food and beverage that we regularly get when camping at campsites. But I do agree that less is more, and if the tent space is so precious then hostels might be a better dryer, warmer option (especially since you're with soft luggage ) but for us riding 2up, it's cheaper to camp then to pay for 2x bunk beds in a hostel. And it's even more expensive if we want privacy!

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I think peoples idea of hostels are rather biast.. They're not all full of 18 year old ravers....

It really depends where you are. If you're on bondi beach then yeah, if you're in Swaziland, no !!

There are many hostels which are very civilized as well as being chilled out melting pots..

You really have to do your research....

Rule 1...... Don't go to the first three hostels at the top of the list in the lonely planet !
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And there's the problem... planning stops. Cant be arsed

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teds right on the hostels there is some real ok places with great people
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