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tent that fits in top/side case

i'm planning for a long trip and am looking for a good quality tent that is compact enough to fit in my luggage. found a few on amazon, but does anyone have any recommendations? thanks!

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-17-2011, 07:34 PM
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It depends on how soon you want to leave, but if you have a little bit of time, keep your eye on steepandcheap.com It's backcountry.com's discount site and they have good deals on camping gear. Check the interior dimensions of your luggage and then shop around. Most outdoor gear sites (moosejaw.com, rei.com, backcounry.com, etc) will have full dimensions listed for each tent.

For a recommendation, I just got an Alps Mountaineering Extreme 2 man tent and love it (Amazon.com: Alps Mountaineering® Extreme 2 - Person Tent: Sports & Outdoors) but not sure if it'd fit in luggage...

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Take a look at the Eureka! Solitaire tent: small, light, no sophisticated frills, packs well, and is relatively inexpensive...user can barely sit up in it, but you get used to it and justify the minimalist interior volume as a cost of small pack size and light weight. This originally came with fiberglass poles which eventually fatigued and broke..aluminum poles are available, and are bullet-proof. I am not saying it is the best money can buy, but I have used it extensively on bike trips and it has functioned well while saving pack space.

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I have a Eureka Zephyr backpacking tent, fairly light, packs small and has the aluminum poles. It is a small tent, just enough room for me and my sleeping bag but it is well made and durable.
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Definitely interested in this topic. I'm also planning a trip this summer with some camping along the way. I thought about taking a hammock designed for camping because it is compressible and has no poles. I already have the hammock but haven't given it a test run yet.

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Depending on your personal threshold for awesome/cost, have a look at Kifaru's stuff...perhaps their Paratarp would suit your needs?

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If your open to ideas, I would recommend getting a hammock instead. I used to use tents when hiking on the app trail and all they did was weigh me down and were not very comfortable. I switched over to a Hennessey Hammock a few years back and the thing weighs at most 4 pounds. It fits inside a bag that is about the size of a cereal box. And it is one of the best nights sleep I've ever had outdoors.



It keeps the rain out with a tarp it has attached on top. Also keeps the bugs out, as it has a built in bug net system. You don't have to worry about rolling around and falling out, I toss and turn quite a bit when I sleep and never had issues. There are downsides though, when colder weather hits... it won't work as well as a tent for keeping warm as there is nothing solid underneath you. You can buy an underquilt for it to remedy this a little bit, but I've never bought one. I've used it before at 28 Deg F with a down sleeping back rated for -10 and made it through the night with minimal discomfort. Other downside is, if there are no trees or anything to latch onto around, then you'll have to sleep on the ground anyways. You can use it as a bivysack though. When you get proficient at it, it takes around 3-4 minutes to setup. If you want to go light and still have comfort, I'd defanitley recommend going the hammock route. Hennesy Hammock is what I use. There is also a thread on them over at ADVRiders if I'm not mistaken.

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There is also a thread on them over at ADVRiders if I'm not mistaken.
There are several...a plethora of information. I have always liked the idea of the Hammock systems like this, but it sounds like the reality is that you end up needing the underquilt and an overquilt to stay warm...and all this stuff takes up space, so you might as well have a freestanding tent. I have camped on the bike before using just a tarp before, along with a sleeping bag, and that has worked well for me.

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There are several...a plethora of information. I have always liked the idea of the Hammock systems like this, but it sounds like the reality is that you end up needing the underquilt and an overquilt to stay warm...and all this stuff takes up space, so you might as well have a freestanding tent. I have camped on the bike before using just a tarp before, along with a sleeping bag, and that has worked well for me.
I just put down a lightweight sleeping pad to lie on and I've been comfortable down to 40-45 degrees. Any colder than that and I'd line it with one of those cheap emergency blankets under and over me. I've had my best sleep in the woods in a hammock. In all honesty if it's below 40 degrees I'm not very likely to be on the bike in the first place.

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I have an escort 2-man. It fits in my givi trunk, it was $29.99, and after waterproofing has lasted three years and still looks like new.

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I have the Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1 person tent. It is only 6" by 16" and 3lb 11oz packed with the optional tarp make it 4lbs. It is nice. I like the idea of a hammock but I just would freak out if an animal came walking under it and brushed up against me. Also with bears and Mountain Lions around I dont want to be hanging from a tree asleep.

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Yeah, being a pinata for a black bear doesn't sound appealing, but they do look comfy, maybe I need one in my living room


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Almost any 1 or 2 man tent will fit in a moto top box. It's usually the poles that require some ingenuity and forethought of how/where to secure them. In our western escapades a few years back, I had the poles in a separate bag and lashed to the soft luggage with straps.

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What environment will you be camping in? Will you need a double wall tent or will a single suffice? I would assume one on the east coast would want a double walled tent to ease the condensation problems that are associated with tents on the eastern coast. This is one of my all time favorites for a reasonable priced tent.

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eureka backcountry 2, packs very small 15 x 6. i have used this tent for both motorcycle and backpacking trips for 3 years. it's bulletproof for low cost

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I knew I'd seen a link to a tent that had room for a motorcycle inside it


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