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Old 02-06-17, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by francoisnewtown View Post
Hi all, thanks for all your answer, very interresting.

I read Jonathan Hanson's web page about best tent description : amazing ! Jonathan is there good siliconed both side fly and floor coated tent made in north america ??
Tarptent?

Just be aware, silnylon isn't magic. It's pretty damn nice, don't get me wrong. The siliconizing process that strengthens the fabric allows for a very light base fabric, so you can end up with some very light shelters. Tarptent makes some shelters that are a hair over a two pounds for two people, for a fully enclosed, bugproof, storm worthy shelter.

However, it also stretches a fair bit, making it somewhat more difficult to pitch tightly, and worse, it can stretch even more when wet. This means that I've set up my silnylon tarp nice and tight, gone to bed, only to be woken up by a late night rainstorm, and a loose, flapping tarp. It's not a deal breaker, and there are certainly ways to mitigate it, but it's something to be aware of.

Some manufacturers are using new fabrics that seem to have a lot of potential. If you want to go down the rabbit hole, look into silpoly (silicone impregnated polyester, just as light and strong as silnylon, but doesn't stretch) or Cuben fiber (incredibly light and strong non-woven waterproof fabric).
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Old 02-07-17, 10:21 AM
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All of this really depends on where you are going.
Use it in Europa and you will realize why most people opt for the Hillebergs; fairly lightweight, roomy and very durable.
Most of the prime cycling places in Europe are closer to the sea or ocean so horizontal rain and wind are more of an issue. Campsites are readily available and even mandatory in most countries. Hence less problems finding good soil... but it does happen, especially around the mediteranian.

Most freestanding tents are not an option for me because the inner tents are too short if I lay on my back. Tunnel tents are usually a bit more forgiving or a bit taller in that regard.
If you are average in height however, you can't really go wrong with a regular 2-person freestanding tent like an MSR Elixer or BA Copper Spur.

Don't forget some brands such as Helsport, Nigor, Cause and Eureka.
I love their Wicki Up 3 and would buy a Didis 2 if I had the money.
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Old 02-07-17, 11:26 AM
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I like the freestanding tents.

One of the things I do in the mornings is after everything is emptied out, I pick up the tent by the poles and shake out anything I've managed to track inside. I suppose it would be possible with other tent types, but different.

I rarely take tent stakes with me, and would improvise if I ever needed any.

HOWEVER, I'm going to work on lightening my load this coming summer, so perhaps things will change.
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Old 06-08-19, 10:38 AM
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I'm a fan of freestanding. I can't count how many times I've set up then realized there's a bit of slope or bump, and had to remove the tent, then again and again. (More evidence against the flat earthers...)
Putting stakes in dodgy ground is never fun. I only use them on my freestander if it's blowing hard. Tunnels need them all the time, of course.
It also makes drying wonderful. Turn it to face the sun, put it on its side to dry the bottom, hang it from a tree wholesale to let it dry in a breeze.
The light, comfort, and convenience (getting in and out) are superior. Who wants to sit in a tunnel, usually pretty blind - no view. Sucks.
I said feck weight, and am going with a 3 man Hilleberg Allak 3 even though I travel solo most of the time. Only another 400g over 2 man and 5cm more inner height. Heavenly feeling so roomy, and 2 man tents are barely big enough for two anyway, when I do have a lass along.
Biker here, so the weight isn't so critical. Just piss more often.

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Old 06-08-19, 11:23 AM
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I could put up my tent [23] on hard ground with a bag of rocks, instead of a tent stake..

Down filled thick air mattress FTW ..
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Old 06-08-19, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I could put up my tent [23] on hard ground with a bag of rocks, instead of a tent stake..

Down filled thick air mattress FTW ..
Ja, I have an xtherm, but who wants to travel with bags of rocks, fer feck sake?
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Old 06-08-19, 12:36 PM
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IQ test fail..

the bag weighs virtually nothing just a sewn nylon bag with a cord on 1 side ,,,

the rocks were there when you get there and you leave them there the next morning..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
IQ test fail..

the bag weighs virtually nothing just a sewn nylon bag with a cord on 1 side ,,,

the rocks were there when you get there and you leave them there the next morning..
Mayhaps the IQ test failed is your own, and/or you have no sense of irony, haha.
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Old 06-08-19, 01:55 PM
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forgot your ironic emoji..
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Old 06-08-19, 11:04 PM
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100% true, Hilleberg was worst tent I ever had. Plus the seams cannot be taped. Ours leaked like mad. They said it was condensation! I said there were no humans in the tent and it LEAKED. They gave us a refund. You need to get out of the tent in the rain and tighten everything up because of the stretching wet fabric. Next morning when the sun shines it becaomes so tight is will stretch the seams and create stich holes letting even more rain in.
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Old 06-10-19, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by francoisnewtown View Post
...is there good siliconed both side fly and floor coated tent made in north america ??
There are likely dozens of NA tent makers utilizing silnylon. Here's one that started the transition to silnylon construction:

https://www.tarptent.com/
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Old 06-10-19, 05:04 PM
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given that the fellow was asking this 2 1/2 years ago, I would hope that he made up his mind by now.
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Old 06-10-19, 05:28 PM
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Yeah. Funny when one tries to answer and realizes I already answered it eons ago.

here is an alternative view. HMG Mid with half insert. We sleep dry in the insert (or without it) and we cook on the bare ground inside the tent not afraid of spills. Both bikes actually fit inside the tent if necessary. Crazy expensive though and somewhat niche.

Last weekend tour around Lake Champlain :







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given that the fellow was asking this 2 1/2 years ago, I would hope that he made up his mind by now.
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Old 06-10-19, 07:13 PM
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no floor or insert with meshing? Or is that an option when setting up?

saw your photo with the lake in background behind old house, lovely place to bike in Vermont isnt it?
Hope bugs were ok.
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Old 06-11-19, 03:12 AM
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We left the insert at home accidentally 😀 . It was ok, just had to pitch the sides low


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no floor or insert with meshing? Or is that an option when setting up?

saw your photo with the lake in background behind old house, lovely place to bike in Vermont isnt it?
Hope bugs were ok.
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Old 06-11-19, 04:11 AM
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Well, to be positive in that sort of situation, if you're going to forget some part of it, that certainly was the best half to forget!
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Well, to be positive in that sort of situation, if you're going to forget some part of it, that certainly was the best half to forget!
I did bring my "better half" with me ;-)
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Old 06-11-19, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
I did bring my "better half" with me ;-)
very cute, ha.
if it was this weekend past, it was pretty darn hot here in Montreal, 29-30c, so I imagine it was similar down there.
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