Lightweight tent recommendations?

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  • That was always my joke about builders (frame or otherwise).

    Whenever you ask, when will you be done? The answer is always "4 weeks".

    #neverendingstory

  • That said, there's a DCF Phreeranger on ebay for £700.

    £780RRP listed as £700 with a hole in it?

    "I do not accept offers so please do not ask!" but lists it with Offers option. Um.

  • As per usual I didn't actually read the listing, just came up on a saved search. People are strange.

    The hole is in the pole sleeve by the looks of it.

  • Yeah, I think they said they stuck the pole through it. Still no way I'd pay near retail for something like this. I don't give a crap how rare they are. I'd rather pay full RRP and deal with the maker.

  • True.

    Just to contrast communication differences, I sent a query to Tarptent this morning, and just got a response from Henry Shires asking for more info.

  • I bought (and returned) a tent from him just when he was getting going. When the tent didn’t work in my circumstances he was probably one of the best people I’ve ever dealt with in manufacturing/retail.

  • Interested to see reviews on this air beam alpkit tent. Small pack size due to no poles (which is what I'm after)
    but nothing on the inner dimensions that I can see

    https://alpkit.com/products/aeronaut-1

    Finally a chance to use the Schrader end of my pump.

  • Im into this inflatable idea. I think it should work great but does it?

    Thats a lot cheaper than the Vango F10 Hydrogen anyway.

    The 2 man version packs the same as the 1 man Big Agnes Copper Spur and is negligibly heavier (120g according to spec sheet)

  • Yeah, looks interesting. I'd be interested to read some usage reports.

  • Im not in any rush. Alpkit store opening in Edinburgh soon apparently, will try see one in the flesh.

    Maybe even pump it.

  • Ah man, that was my first choice but the other one came up so I grabbed it instead because you know, it's a bike forum and I should be doing something productive :D

    This was second choice because it starts with "pump it"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfbgRBaE­sfo

  • Looks like 60~cm wide at foot, then it says 220 long, 90cm at widest point, and 90cm internal height. Pretty steep drop at the head end though.

  • Yeah it's not clear of that's internal usable space or not. There other tents have it listed out separately pretty nicely.

    I know they've just released the soloist XL so I'm wary of being stung if they've designed it too short again. My matt is pretty plush aswell limits usable space for the long legged.

    Figure the air beam is as good as a pole for the kind of camping I'm intending to use it for. 2 person trips I'll keep using the hubba hubba, but the poles are a pita for solo trips.

  • People seem to be pretty pleased with the Nemo Gogo Elite that has an inflatable beam too, though it is tiny. I read some used it in SRMR without problems.
    https://bikepacking.com/gear/nemo-gogo-e­lite/

  • Is that the same one Mike Hall used for his Round the World Record ride?

    EDIT: Probs

    Mike camped out a lot and was delighted with the tent choice that he made.

    “The tent was one of the best pieces of equipment I’ve ever used,” he says. “It was a Nemo Gogo Elite which is pretty much a bivvy bag with an inflatable hoop. It uses an air beam with an integrated pump.

    “You blow into this bag and then squeeze the bag and it amplifies the pressure you can get, so you can blow it up in 20secs. It’s almost as light as a bivvy bag and you get fully enclosed to keep the rain and midges out.

    "I took a Rab sleeping bag that had down on only one side to make it superlight and packable, the thinking being that you squash the down you are lying on anyway and you use a good air mat. I used Nemo's Zor mat."

    https://road.cc/content/news/59716-inter­view-round-world-record-holder-mike-hall­-talks-round-world-record-kit

  • “The tent was one of the best pieces of equipment I’ve ever used,” he
    says. “It was a Nemo Gogo Elite which is pretty much a bivvy bag with
    an inflatable hoop. It uses an air beam with an integrated pump.

    “You blow into this bag and then squeeze the bag and it amplifies the
    pressure you can get, so you can blow it up in 20secs. It’s almost as
    light as a bivvy bag and you get fully enclosed to keep the rain and
    midges out.

    https://road.cc/content/news/59716-inter­view-round-world-record-holder-mike-hall­-talks-round-world-record-kit

  • His sleeping bag was Rab apparently.

  • Had a Nemo gogo elite and now a Gogo which is slightly larger and has side and top entrance. I love it. Don't pretend it's a tent tho.

    Never had a problem with the air bit. Works great and yeh packability is excellent.

  • Also my concern with the alpkit would be durability and airtightness having seen a few people with nothing but issues when it came to their mats

  • sorry to be blunt but if anyone thinks a blowup tent is a good idea, given that

    • it has precisely no advantages over a proven great technology (poles) - it's not lighter, it's not more durable, it's not more packable if you have sensible pole dimensions
    • you can get an ultralight carbon pole handmade for any tent for less than £30

    they need to have another think.

    special hate for alpkit, whose warranty isn't worth the piece of paper it's written on, and who make the leakiest inflatable sleeping mats known to man

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