|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 destination||Kerry 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't||Bernie|
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 trip||Mel 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.|| |