Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

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tmac100
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Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

Postby tmac100 » 15 May 2016, 2:51am

Everybody has an opinion an often it is based on personal experience. I have done a lot of long distance touring in Australia and for 2 major tours of 4 to 6 weeks I used a Hennessy Hammock. It was great but in the cool Australian winter it was cold underneath. Once there were no trees to support it so I used fence posts to support it and the fly and slept on the ground.An "AH HA!" moment. I was warm that night.

For my next Australian tour (this past July-August), I remembered the warmth and decided to buy a Hilleberg Akto single person tent with a footprint to keep things clean in the vestibule. In spite of it getting down to just above freezing several nights on the area just west of the Nullabore flat section, I was warm each and every night. The tent had enough room for my gear and footwear and the shoes were dry by morning even when there was plenty of dew. I am 6'5" and the tent was a bit cramped, but compact and easy to set up - even when almost dark.

Ialso have a Hilleberg Nallo 2GT which is also excellent but a bit heavier for a 1-person tour. BUT, man alive is it spacious :D

mattfen
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Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

Postby mattfen » 16 May 2016, 10:57am

tbessie wrote:3) Pitching the tent as a single unit like that meant that event if I was dry enough during the rain, when it came time to break camp, I had to roll up a big, floppy wet tent to pack it up. Water could easily get into the inner tent from the wet fly. With a tent that has separate tent and fly, I can at least roll up the fly separately before wrapping the inner tent around it .


Hillebergs are prone to getting higher levels of condensation (those models that have outers to the ground for snow protection) than other options. When I did LeJog I had the big floppy wet tent issue most days due to dew and condensation. I just made sure I dried it out the next evening before sleeping - fortunately the weather was good for me and I could do that !

There is no such thing as the perfect tent but Hilleberg (Nallo 2) is darn close - those that say otherwise can't admit they bought the wrong tent !! :D :D

tbessie
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Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

Postby tbessie » 17 May 2016, 1:18am

mattfen wrote:
tbessie wrote:3) Pitching the tent as a single unit like that meant that event if I was dry enough during the rain, when it came time to break camp, I had to roll up a big, floppy wet tent to pack it up. Water could easily get into the inner tent from the wet fly. With a tent that has separate tent and fly, I can at least roll up the fly separately before wrapping the inner tent around it .


Hillebergs are prone to getting higher levels of condensation (those models that have outers to the ground for snow protection) than other options. When I did LeJog I had the big floppy wet tent issue most days due to dew and condensation. I just made sure I dried it out the next evening before sleeping - fortunately the weather was good for me and I could do that !

There is no such thing as the perfect tent but Hilleberg (Nallo 2) is darn close - those that say otherwise can't admit they bought the wrong tent !! :D :D


One of my requirements was that the tent be fully freestanding, which most of the Hillebergs are not. I don't always feel like staking or guying my tent (especially if the weather is nice and the went has enough space inside without it). One of my requirements was that I didn't HAVE to do either, which is why I chose the Unna. Though that Nallo 2 looks good. :-)

- Tim

4wils
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Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

Postby 4wils » 11 Jun 2016, 7:01am

I would think twice about selecting a Big Agnes tent for British conditions.
We have one, great for France, light and well ventilated.
However, my son has used it as a three season tent in this country and found the mesh inner too well ventilated, particularly given that there is quite a gap between fly and ground. This resulted in some cold, draughty nights.

Shuggie
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Re: Tent recommendations - is what I have overkill?

Postby Shuggie » 11 Jun 2016, 7:55am

+1 re Big Agnes in the UK. I've a Copper Spur, lovely tent for hot places, too airy for here. I'm a Terra Nova for the UK man myself. Shuggie