I'm currently in the market for a one-person tent, if we have any resident experts in the Fediverse?
I'm 6'1" and looking to spend around £100 but can go slightly more for a particularly good one.
I cheekily wild camp in places I'm not really supposed to, so want one that will blend in a bit. Also, bonus points for it packing light and small.
Update: I've ordered the Grand Canyon Richmond 1 as it's sub-£70 on Amazon at the moment. Hopefully they'll send me the green one instead of the blue!
If it's not suitable for my purposes, I'm probably going to go with the Alpkit Polestar 🙂
I use the slightly older version of this one. Many years, up to 80km/h wind, and 40 liters rain per night. No problems, dry and stable.
I also bought the bigger version, but I sleep better in this small one, the climate is better. The bigger one remains unused and collects dust.
And no it is not for two people unless for sex.
Don't let the low price distract you, it is really good.
@rudolf Thanks! I've got a 2-man tent that I'm happy with, but it's too big / heavy for when I go by myself :)
I'm looking for tents around 1.5kg which can pack down to 45cm on the longest side (or less)
@dajbelshaw @rudolf I was lucky to find a Terra Nova Laser Competition in a massive sale a few years back, think it was £140. They're great, if you can find one cheap. If I was going for something new right now, I'd seriously consider this Alpkit Polestar... small, less than 1kg, pitches with your walking pole, and just a smidge under £140. I love Alpkit - I'm becoming a bit of an unofficial ambassador!! 🤣 https://alpkit.com/products/polestar-trekking-pole-tent
Dimensions packed are:
54 × 16 × 16 cm,
8 Liter, 2,4 kg
I find it well worth that one extra kilo more as I sleep well in it, and it withstands the ugliest weather.
If you can afford the £30 "extra" to give it a try, do it. I have tried a few other tents and in no other have I slept that well.
I often like the stuff they have on https://www.backpackinglight.co.uk
I love tarps too, but would probably choose tent if I had to pick one option. I like using both together actually :)
maybe secondhand could be good? or camping gear sharing community (might have to create it though... I'm thinking of doing that locally here...).
@dajbelshaw I also have a https://hilleberg.com/eng/tent/red-label-tents/nallo-2-gt/ from when I used to have excess money.
I also love that, especially for winter/bad weather trips (can sit and cook inside it). but couldn't justify the price now.
plus the zip broke now :( (10 years old, maybe 1.5 years of camping nights)
@dajbelshaw I liked the tarptent company, small company, made in seattle with presumably non exploitative labour, and more affordable than hilleberg, etc.
... also a range of creative designs, I always get ones which are winter suitable, but if you don't need that there are lighter, more open options there.
downside is tarptent don't (or at least didn't) have UK/EU distributor, so import tax too :/
as for tent+tarp setup, here is one from last year --> https://social.coop/@nicksellen/104578791142063836
People have said nice things here and on my Mountain Leader course about Alpkit stuff. I've been looking at the Polestar (as I usually walk with poles anyway)
@dajbelshaw yup, I like the vibe of alpkit, although only got small things from them so far.
I get the sense their products can be hit or miss. at least one of their camping mats was a bit crap, and they stopped making it.
that polestar tent looks a bit small for my liking, I like to be able to sit up at least, but depends on your use case / preference. so many variables.
Oh for sure, Team Belshaw has camped around Europe a couple of times when the kids were younger: https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2016/09/01/were-back/
@dajbelshaw Vango have one man tents at around that price. Never had a problem with any that I’ve bought from them.
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