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Pitboot

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Tent
« on: 22:44:02, 14/04/19 »
Could I please get a few views or advice?


My wife and I want to do some wild camping up here in the Lakes. No problem with locations etc, we are spoilt for choice.
I have a Terra Nova Laser from 2008, but I think it's too small for two of us and our gear for comfort.


I am looking to buy a tent that will be good for us, and ideally it would have the following features:
Double skin
Three season.
Two door
Free standing
Able to be split between us reasonably equally.
Weight when shared between us no more than 1.5 kg each.
Price not a big issue but I am not a rich man.


I've done lots of searches on the web only to be thoroughly confused by the sheer choice available.
I understand all about condensation, footprints, and various other factors that effect a good tent design, and I am not worried about the thing being a tunnel, dome, or what ever.
I know there is a vast amount of experience on here so over to you!


taxino8

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Re: Tent
« Reply #1 on: 07:24:55, 15/04/19 »
A Vango Banshee Pro 300 would do except itís not free standing.
Supposed to be a three man tent but actually works well for two, three would be a squeeze.

beefy

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Re: Tent
« Reply #2 on: 07:28:15, 15/04/19 »
We use an MSR Elixir and were very happy with it,
Nice headroom, two doors, and almost free standing apart from pegging out the vestibules, and the price is a steal,
Never had any problems with this tent, comes with a free footprint, so you can pitch just the fly sheet if you want, and it comes in handy as a sun shade, weve sat under it too in a downpour to keep dry,
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richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #3 on: 08:38:40, 15/04/19 »

They do a 3 person Elixir, don't they Beefy? I imagine that the 2 man would be big enough though.

richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #4 on: 08:42:00, 15/04/19 »
@ pitboot

Do you want to pitch fly first, 'all in one'  or are you happy to pitch inner first (inner getting wet when pitching and breaking camp in the rain)?


I've owned all three types, and I love pitching 'all in one' when wild camping - a boon when you are tired, the weather is deteriorating and darkness is not far away.


edit - Another thing to consider is ventilation  - I would tend to go for a tent with adjustable ventilation - a mesh door that has a solid panel that can be zipped up if it is cold and windy. Not many tents have this nowadays, a false economy when it comes to weight saving, in my opinion, as if you are cold in a draughty tent, then you will need a heavier sleeping bag or more clothes!
« Last Edit: 08:51:33, 15/04/19 by richardh1905 »

richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #5 on: 08:48:46, 15/04/19 »
Tunnel tents seem to be a bit out of fashion of late, but they are strong and light. They are not free standing, of course, and will flap in the wind, although this can be minimised by good pitching and tensioning of the fly. Tunnel tents do tend to be single ended though.

I use a small 2 man tunnel tent for wild camping; would be tiny for two but is generously sized for one, tough, easy to pitch, and it only cost £60!
« Last Edit: 09:05:10, 15/04/19 by richardh1905 »

beefy

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Re: Tent
« Reply #6 on: 08:50:34, 15/04/19 »
They do a 3 person Elixir, don't they Beefy? I imagine that the 2 man would be big enough though.
They do Richard,
We have pitched ours outer first itís not that difficult  O0
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richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #7 on: 08:53:55, 15/04/19 »
They do Richard,
We have pitched ours outer first itís not that difficult  O0



Yes, very adaptable that they can be pitched fly first with the footprint. I would be tempted by the MSR Access 1 if the inner ventilation were not so limited.

beefy

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« Reply #8 on: 09:00:38, 15/04/19 »

Yes, very adaptable that they can be pitched fly first with the footprint. I would be tempted by the MSR Access 1 if the inner ventilation were not so limited.
I was looking at the access 2 but the headroom looks less than the elixir,
I watched a YouTube vid about the access 1, they said thereís lots of condensation
Although as we know, its not a problem if it doesnít get inside the inner
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richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #9 on: 09:04:00, 15/04/19 »

Although as we know, its not a problem if it doesnít get inside the inner



Indeed, who would want to sleep in a Drip Coffin  :D

beefy

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Re: Tent
« Reply #10 on: 09:06:35, 15/04/19 »

Indeed, who would want to sleep in a Drip Coffin  :D
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Rajboy

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« Reply #11 on: 15:00:41, 15/04/19 »
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.......And I am selling a brand new and unused MSR Elixir 2, same as what Beefy and April have used all year.
Whats not to like... O0 ;)

beefy

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« Reply #12 on: 15:16:08, 15/04/19 »
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.......And I am selling a brand new and unused MSR Elixir 2, same as what Beefy and April have used all year.
Whats not to like... O0 ;)
Iíll give ya £50 for it  :D
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Rajboy

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Re: Tent
« Reply #13 on: 15:46:56, 15/04/19 »
Cheeky

richardh1905

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Re: Tent
« Reply #14 on: 17:07:01, 15/04/19 »
Take a look at the Wild Country Helm 3, pitboot. No experience of them personally, but it looks like a well designed tent, and it's a good brand.