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Touring question (pertaining to tent)(7 posts)

Touring question (pertaining to tent)Bernie
Dec 26, 2001 3:38 PM
I've been doing a tour a year for the past two years. I've been sleeping in a Eureka Solitaire tent. It's minimum weight is 2.8lbs. For christmas this year I requested a larger more storm worthy tent. It's mimimum weight is 4.8 lbs. Looking at the new tent and it's size, I'm feeling a bit hesitant about taking it on a tour. Does anyone have any opinions on tents pertaining to bike touring?
Depends on destinationKerry Irons
Dec 26, 2001 4:09 PM
If you're touring by tent in Ireland (or Iceland!), you might be more interested in a storm worthy tent than would be needed or appropriate for a trip to the desert southwest. My own tendency is to go lighter. I lived two summers in something more like your Solitaire. It kept me dry enough, though cramped, and I appreciated the savings of weight when crossing the mountains or riding lots of hills.
Not much to add to Kerry's, but that won't stop me...cory
Dec 26, 2001 4:19 PM
It really does depend on your tastes and where you are. I have an allegedly two-man Kelty that's very light (2.3 lbs., something like that) but won't even sleep ME comfortably unless I leave my shoes outside. I carry it when I'm going to Arizona in September, and it keeps the dew and flies away. But if I'm on the California coast, or anyplace where I might have to spend several hours awake in the thing, I carry an old Eureka Timberline. It weighs probably twice as much, but it's comfortable for two (sleeps three in a pinch) and well worth the space when you want to spread out and read or play a game until the rain passes. My tendency is also to go light, but I've occasionally regretted it.
Damn! You're damned if you do and damned if you don'tBernie
Dec 26, 2001 7:36 PM
I'm planning on riding from Vancouver up to Juneau Alaska. It's a series of Islands and ferrys. Then I'm planning on going down the west coast. I feel as though I've been pretty lucky so far. And I know it really sucks to be carrying gear that you either don't need or never use. I guess I'll just have to give the new tent a try.
With that tripMel Erickson
Dec 26, 2001 8:15 PM
I'd opt for comfort any day. You WILL encounter rain and will need to spend time in the tent, even if by yourself, a one man tent like the Solitaire will seem mighty cramped. Besides, two pounds, when carrying 50 will hardly be noticed.
Dec 27, 2001 7:42 AM
You're either traveling light or your not.
I toured through Canada and back (from CA) at age 18 and kept my load down to 25 lbs., even leaving a camera at home. It was a blessing in disguise, as I enjoyed the experience rather than trying to record it constantly.
If you're more into comforts than lightness then consider a trailer like the Bob and go whole hawg!
Dec 27, 2001 1:07 PM
Thanks. I will try to use 25lbs as a target zone for my load. It's no fun doing 2000 foot climb with a huge load.