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Old 05-03-2009, 10:49 PM
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nexus nexus is offline
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Just to chime in on the SierraDesign tents... My reverse combi has been an utter delight for the past few years. At about 5lbs its no lightweight but it affords some deluxe accommodations in a pretty small (packed) package. Quality has been nothing short of superb. Maybe I got lucky? This was the 1st/only SD tent I've owned. No tent pole problems here.
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:29 AM
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Debkirk Debkirk is offline
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Backpack: Camelback HAWG
Sleeping Gear: Big Agnes Lost Ranger
Shelter: REI Hoodoo 3
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Going it alone leaves you lots of one person/ two person options. Most full size guys like me find one person tents a little cramped. We use an REI Hoodoo 3, a 3 person rig. I can carry the tent, the wife can carry the rain fly, and poles fit an bungees on the pack rack. Both the tent and the fly compress into a sack about the size of an oatmeal can. Or you can go the pannier route. Regardless, I'd really consider going a little larger than you imagine you need.
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:02 PM
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GWyble GWyble is offline
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Backpack: Mariposa Plus / REI Flash 65
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Originally Posted by dsuursoo
it doesn't sound like you're on a tight budget, but if you happen to be, the wenzel starlite is actually an alright tent for the price. it could use improvements over what you get in the box, more guy-line points on the sides, swap the framing out for some aluminum, use better stakes(i use groundhogs, myself).

the real selling point of the wenzel is that it's only about three pounds and a little, pack-weight, and it's fairly small when it's stuffed down. it's billed as a two person, but i find it's a one-person+gear.

I bought a lot of inexpensive gear when I got into backpacking and the Starlite was one such piece of gear. I later switched to a poncho and now I have a Squall 2. For short solo trips I still get out the Starlite sometimes. I leave the tent bag and poles at home. I replace the tent poles with trekking poles. Instead of an A-frame arrangement in the front I use a single trekking pole angled slightly to the right to match the front guyline also angled to the right. I plan to replace the original guylines with triptease in the near future. Despite replacing the tent poles the tent is stable with room for me and gear. I can crawl in past the pole on the left side.

It is hard to beat the price if you want to give solo hiking a try.Starlite.jpg
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:02 PM
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AlanBaljeu AlanBaljeu is offline
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Backpack: Jack Wolfskin
Sleeping Gear: orange down hooded bag
Shelter: North Face 3person 2door tent
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For a different option, the Trans Canada Trailer Company offers a 100lb bicycle trailer with all the bells and whistles. It's basically a compact tent-trailer which sleeps one or two.
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