For sale: Exped Venus III tent £340 UK
I spent a long time evaluating all the alternatives and I think the Exped Venus III is the best tent for two-up camping.
The picture above is a little misleading--the tent is much bigger than it seems. It's rated at three person plus dog (the dog being in one of the large vestibules) which means there's ample room inside for two bikers and panniers and all their gear with space in the vestibules for wet gear, cooking etc. There's a gear loft in one of the vestibules. The interior floor area is 3.8 m2 and the two vestibules total 2.6 m2. As you can see from the diagram below there's tons of head room for getting out of/into biking gear without having to lie horizontal!
You can exit through either vestibule and best of all--despite 6.4 m2 of interior space--is the small packed size (48x19cm) and low weight (4.4kg). Exped reckon just two and a half minutes to set the tent up but I think you'd need to be on speed to achieve this, four minutes is probably more realistic.
Exped is a real quality brand and the Venus III is 'tent porn' with beautifully crafted poles slipping into colour coded, continuous sleeves. You can see more info at the Exped site
and at Travel-Dri
The tent has been used for a total of only four nights
. The reason I'm selling it is that the vast majority of my touring is solo and I've decided to get a minimalist small/lightweight setup. The cheapest I can find this on the Internet is £460, so the price of just £340 (plus £15 p&p or pickup from Putney, SW London) represents a huge saving.
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Last edited by Tim Cullis; 13 Aug 2010 at 04:14.