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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:54 am 
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I have a wild hair up my ass to go bikepacking... Built a new bike to handle it (the El Mariachi), bought a frame bag, gonna buy a seatpack...

For shelter I decided to try a tent first. I've been shopping around and was going to buy a mid-level tent ~$200. But, i found a ridiculous deal on a No Limits Pack and Pedal tent (left, gray) and a No Limits Blackwell Peak tent (right, yellow).

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The Pack and Pedal tent is a one person tent with a huge vestibule (pics show a bike stored in it) weighing in less than 4.5#. The Blackwell Peak is a two person tent with a smaller vestibule and weighs in just under 5#. I set both up in the yard tonight and was going to leave them out during the rain to see if they leaked. Unfortunately a Tornado Watch was issued so I took them down...

Ignore the ratty fence in the background. We're getting a new one in the next month or two. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tents
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:28 am 
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I've been using Eureka Timberlines since the 80's, they handle big wind and heavy rain very well.
Your Blackwell peak is lighter and looks like a similar but more modern design therefore I surmise it will do at least as well and most likely better.

May I ask how good was the ridiculous deal ?


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 1:38 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:12 pm 
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At 6'2" I do not fit well in solo tents. Have a Eureka 2 man with dual vestibules that vents nicely, weighs under 5#. It's been very reliable, and the dual doors are great to keep gear sheltered.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 2:55 pm 
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crashburn wrote:
I've been using Eureka Timberlines since the 80's

I've looked at a few Eureka tents and really liked the quality. They seem like a solid value tent.

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May I ask how good was the ridiculous deal ?

Pack and Pedal was $27.98 (http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1440526/)
Blackwell Peak was $39.98 (http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1440527/)
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At 6'2" I do not fit well in solo tents.

I'm 6'1" and have the same concern. I didn't get a chance to lay in the Pack and Pedal tent before I took it down (storms rolling in and I couldn't get the kids out of it). :D

I couldn't find much info on either tent so I'll do a more proper write up of each when time allows.

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"Gunnison" was +/- $140

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:27 am 
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Pitch a tent"

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That fence, btw, looks like it has a good decade of life left in it.
Don't let the neighbors try to tell you otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 12:36 pm 
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Ray Dolor wrote:
That fence, btw, looks like it has a good decade of life left in it.
Don't let the neighbors try to tell you otherwise.

It just looks to me as if it's just suffering from a patina of mildew. Some oxygen bleach and water - 1C to 1gal and a stiff bristled brush could have it looking good as new. If it's still substantially mottled, throw on a coat of semitransparent stain to even it out. But that's just me, I'm cheap.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 12:47 pm 
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Nice tents at a great price. If you were trying to pick, I would go for the larger one. It will be slightly cooler, it will give you a bit more space inside on the floor (less chance to touch the walls with your gear), and it might be much easier to dress in.

Can't wait to hear about the adventure.


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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:29 pm 
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Heyyall wrote:
Nice tents at a great price. If you were trying to pick, I would go for the larger one. It will be slightly cooler, it will give you a bit more space inside on the floor (less chance to touch the walls with your gear), and it might be much easier to dress in.

Can't wait to hear about the adventure.



Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.


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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 3:53 am 
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Mookie wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)

I'll be on a bicycle so an extra pound won't kill me. ;)

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marpilli wrote:
Mookie wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)

I'll be on a bicycle so an extra pound won't kill me. ;)

I'm sure having a few extra cubic feet will be a welcome feature while on your trip.


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Ah, tents! Me and tents are not best friends... here's an extract of a story I wrote many years ago on a bike trip in France...

," I scrabbled in the darkness for my torch with one hand, and fumbled for the zipper on my sleeping bag with the other. With visions of giant-toothed slavering insect-beasts gorging themselves on my flesh, I managed to rip open the bag, and mercifully found the torch immediately. I shone the weak beam of light down at my middle, and was horrified to see what seemed to be a huge bee crawling up my stomach, beady little eyes glinting in the torchlight.

How I wish that I could have been someone else standing outside my tent, watching the ensuing pandemonium! It must have looked hilarious, as I frantically tried to extricate myself from the sleeping bag, shine the torch, and open the tent flap all at the same time. By the time I had managed to almost bring down the whole tent about me, and push my way out through the entrance, the bee was nowhere to be seen, and I was a gibbering mess. Everything was in total disarray, the tent was unrecognisable as such, and a couple of late night revellers returning to their plots were gazing in absolute wonderment at the sight of a half-naked, 13 stone biker bursting from this billowing scrap of green nylon in the dead of night. I hardly noticed them as I struggled to my feet and shrugged off the cloying folds of my sleeping bag. I hopped from the purple cloth puddle at my feet, and played the beam of the torch all around to try and locate the offending bee. It was nowhere to be found. I shook out the bag, still nothing. I pushed the bag out of the way, and knelt down to search the tent. Carefully I removed each article one at a time from inside the tent, examined it minutely for bees, shook it, and placed it carefully to one side. Then the next, and so on. Eventually, with the torch battery fading, and no replacement at hand, I was left with an empty tent, albeit rather sorry-looking, and a seemingly bee-less pile of belongings stacked outside. By this time, the watchers had wandered off, muttering and shaking their heads, and I searched inside as best I could in the weak light.

Still nothing. I would have felt much happier if I had found it, as I am sure you can understand, and, needless to say, once I had replaced my kit inside the tent, and myself inside the sleeping bag, inside the tent, there was not too much more sleep to be had.


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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:34 pm 
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DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Heyyall wrote:
Nice tents at a great price. If you were trying to pick, I would go for the larger one. It will be slightly cooler, it will give you a bit more space inside on the floor (less chance to touch the walls with your gear), and it might be much easier to dress in.

Can't wait to hear about the adventure.



Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.


Mookie wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)


marpilli wrote:
Mookie wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)

I'll be on a bicycle so an extra pound won't kill me. ;)


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marpilli wrote:
Mookie wrote:
DIRTJUNKIE wrote:
Yep, bigger is always better, even in the tent world.

Unless you're backpacking. ;)

I'll be on a bicycle so an extra pound won't kill me. ;)

I'm sure having a few extra cubic feet will be a welcome feature while on your trip.



As soon as I hit submit with that post I expected such behavior. ;) :laughing-rolling:


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