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For those people that actually ride their bikes and have the nerve to sleep on the ground, sit beside me and the campfire. I'm gonna share some of my tent research.

I have a space issue on the bike I use for one of my annual trips. The crappy 1-person tent at walmart is way bulky. Even a relatively small one will take up room. Good luck carrying it and all the other stuff on a sportbike with no luggage or a bike like this:


Last year I bought a 1-person tent for about $80. It was OK but the pack size was something like 16"x6". Very small for the under $100 stuff but way big when you put it on a bike. Add a sleeping bag, light rain gear, minimal clothing, and you have no room. Even if you throw out clothes at the mid trip point and buy new stuff along the way (not that I've done that...), you will run out of storage quick.

There are ultralight tents that are typically used by backpackers, bicyclist and the like. They tend to be very light and more importantly, small when stuffed in a bag. Most of the small packed size tents have no poles. Some use air and other attach to a tree, handle bar and such.

Here's the top three from my research. I'll probably end up buying something in a week or so.
Chase Harper Pocket Tent

Topeak Bikamper


NEMO Gogo One Person. 7" x 5 1/2" packed size!



Some other good links:

http://www.thefind.com/sports/info-ultralight-1-person-tent#sess[search.pagesize.base]=28&settings[search.pagesize.multiplier]=2&price=$56-$470&page=1

http://www.onepersontent.com/

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Nice. I have a small Coleman eXponent, not as small as those but still works...

Some others, Bivi sacks might be the way to go...
http://www.rei.com/search?cat=8000&c...light+Shelters


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For those people that actually ride their bikes and have the nerve to sleep on the ground, sit beside me and the campfire. I'm gonna share some of my tent research.

I have a space issue on the bike I use for one of my annual trips. The crappy 1-person tent at walmart is way bulky. Even a relatively small one will take up room. Good luck carrying it and all the other stuff on a sportbike with no luggage or a bike like this:


Last year I bought a 1-person tent for about $80. It was OK but the pack size was something like 16"x6". Very small for the under $100 stuff but way big when you put it on a bike. Add a sleeping bag, light rain gear, minimal clothing, and you have no room. Even if you throw out clothes at the mid trip point and buy new stuff along the way (not that I've done that...), you will run out of storage quick.

There are ultralight tents that are typically used by backpackers, bicyclist and the like. They tend to be very light and more importantly, small when stuffed in a bag. Most of the small packed size tents have no poles. Some use air and other attach to a tree, handle bar and such.

Here's the top three from my research. I'll probably end up buying something in a week or so.
Chase Harper Pocket Tent

Topeak Bikamper


NEMO Gogo One Person. 7" x 5 1/2" packed size!



Some other good links:

http://www.thefind.com/sports/info-ultralight-1-person-tent#sess[search.pagesize.base]=28&settings[search.pagesize.multiplier]=2&price=$56-$470&page=1

http://www.onepersontent.com/

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16X6 is big for a bivi.

Here you can see 2 for my 2 person tents are not much bigger


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Nice work. I'd love to downsize that giant pos dick's sporting goods tent I haul around.


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Ordered the green version of this:
Not cheap but Amazon had it on sale for $100 less than most places.

Now that my tent has been upgraded I treated myself to a new flashlight:


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Ordered the green version of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlSZYk236QM
Not cheap but Amazon had it on sale for $100 less than most places.

Now that my tent has been upgraded I treated myself to a new flashlight:


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link for best price on the flashlight?


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Light stuff:
http://www.flashlightreviews.com

With free shipping from Amazon the price was just about what I found from hong kong eBay sellers.
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Nice. I always wanted to pick up one of these hammocks. Course they don't work if you don't have trees around.
http://hennessyhammock.com/


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http://www.4sevens.com/
has good flashlights. They're popular on http://www.candlepowerforums.com
Try using coupon code CPF8 for 8% off. It worked a while back.

I have the Fenix HL20 (F.HL20) headlamp:
http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....oducts_id=2142





If you're worried about pack size of your tent: stuff it!
Get a compression stuff sack. It's actually better for your tent that folding on the seams.
My REI camp dome 2 tent:
http://www.rei.com/product/731378
which fits 2 people (but not really, just 1 person + some gear), is in the bottom of the photo, in the white compression bag. This includes the rainfly! It's slightly smaller than a soccer ball.
So what I'm saying is get a good 2 person tent (go 1 up for comfort) and just stuff your tent.
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Nice. I always wanted to pick up one of these hammocks. Course they don't work if you don't have trees around.
http://hennessyhammock.com/
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nunyadambusiness, we call all read the specs on REI.com.

Report back after you actually try any of these things! haha.
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http://www.4sevens.com/
has good flashlights. They're popular on http://www.candlepowerforums.com
Try using coupon code CPF8 for 8% off. It worked a while back.

I have the Fenix HL20 (F.HL20) headlamp:
http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....oducts_id=2142





If you're worried about pack size of your tent: stuff it!
Get a compression stuff sack. It's actually better for your tent that folding on the seams.
My REI camp dome 2 tent:
http://www.rei.com/product/731378
which fits 2 people (but not really, just 1 person + some gear), is in the bottom of the photo, in the white compression bag. This includes the rainfly! It's slightly smaller than a soccer ball.
So what I'm saying is get a good 2 person tent (go 1 up for comfort) and just stuff your tent.
After reading Backpacker Mag., I got this Princeton Tec Remix light and it work very well for me, the single "ultra bright" LED is great as a spot light (~45m) and the 3LED group works really good aroung a campsite.


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nunyadambusiness, we call all read the specs on REI.com.

Report back after you actually try any of these things! haha.
I don't understand what you're saying.

Wanted to buy the tent at a local REI store but I paid $179 at Amazon with free shipping instead of $299 at REI.
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Now I'm seriously considering one of those hennesey hammocks. I like the idea of sleeping off the ground in a mosquito proof enclosure.


Then again... That's just me.

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