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Title: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: Macbeth on December 03, 2010, 10:08:50 pm

 Hey Guys,

 Just seeking some opinions on tent options.....

 Planning a year+ long trip with my girlfriend, and my VERY cosy, but very light 2 person tent we have used for smaller trips just isn't going to cut it.

 I figure I won't mind something a little heavier as we'll be sharing the load this time around (instead of me carrying the bulk of stuff) so I dont need to go CRAZY light.... I also have the ability to get MSR tents at trade price through work. So.....

 http://cascadedesigns.com/en/msr/tents/basecamp-tents/mo-room-3p/product

 or

 http://cascadedesigns.com/en/msr/tents/fast-and-light-tents/carbon-reflex-3/product

 Or any other ideas you have......

 Never been on a longer-than-a-month trip before and would be interested to hear opinions on the 'liveability' of lighter tents long term....

 Thanks,

 Adam
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: BrianW on December 04, 2010, 12:16:32 am
The MSR Mutha Hubba might be a good choice, especially if you get pro-deal pricing. Plenty roomy for two people + gear (it's a 3p tent).
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: ezdoesit on December 04, 2010, 11:56:55 am
The MSR Mutha Hubba might be a good choice, especially if you get pro-deal pricing. Plenty roomy for two people + gear (it's a 3p tent).

I second that especially with two people. :)
You will both have your own entrance/exit and won't have to bother each other in the middle of the night. ;D The two vestibules are good for extra storage. I have the Hubba and love it.
It is a very weather tight tent. :)
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: Pat Lamb on December 04, 2010, 03:44:04 pm
FWIW, I always add one to the number of people who will use a tent before looking for the tent.  One person, two man tent.  Two people, three man tent.  When we took the girls camping, the four of us used a six man tent, and there wasn't much extra room.

Kind of like cars, if you think about it.  Six people in a six person sedan works well if four are short and slim, and the other two are children just out of car seats.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: Paul A on December 04, 2010, 10:25:20 pm
Go to Tarptent.com and look at the Rainshadow, that's what my wife and I use.
It's light, it packs small, and it's got plenty of room for 2 people since it's a 3 person tent.
The only down side is it's not free standing, you have to stake it out.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: JayH on December 05, 2010, 09:55:47 am
Yeah, if you want a LOOOOONNNGG two person tent, those tarptents from henry shires certainly fit the bill. I had an older Cloudburst that was long enough to fit me and my backpack end to end easily...  Of course, I'm only 5'5" but still, had lots of space, not much of a vestibule though.

Jay
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: valygrl on December 05, 2010, 10:53:06 am
I'd do 2 tents, one the 2 person tent you already have, the other either another 2 person or a 1 person tent.

Sometimes you'll need a break from each other.  With 2 tents you can split up for a day or two.  I did my first tour with a boyfriend with one tent for the two of us, there were times it would have been nice to have my own space.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: MrBent on December 05, 2010, 11:20:17 am
We have been using this tent with success, light and roomy!

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/CopperSpurUL3 (http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/CopperSpurUL3)

We tour with a 55+ lb dog, so this is a palace.

Scott
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: rvklassen on December 06, 2010, 08:05:01 am
I don't know what you mean by long.  We have an MSR Hubba Hubba.  While MSR has a lighter version, the gossamer-thin fabric only saves a few ounces and feels like it could be gone in a storm.  And, as I recall it was a hundred bucks more expensive.

I'm 6'3".  This works for us.  It also has two doors with vestibules.  Not as cavernous as the Mutha Hubba, but not as much weight either.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: staehpj1 on December 06, 2010, 08:34:59 am
I don't know what you mean by long.  We have an MSR Hubba Hubba.  While MSR has a lighter version, the gossamer-thin fabric only saves a few ounces and feels like it could be gone in a storm.  And, as I recall it was a hundred bucks more expensive.

I'm 6'3".  This works for us.  It also has two doors with vestibules.  Not as cavernous as the Mutha Hubba, but not as much weight either.
That would be my choice as well.

BTW, I like my MSR Fling for touring with someone that I can tolerate in close quarters.  My adult daughter and I used one for a month.  It gives the feeling of roominess in a smallish tent by having more width and height at the head end.  It is no longer made though.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: CyclesafeSr on December 06, 2010, 08:55:28 am
I'd do 2 tents, one the 2 person tent you already have, the other either another 2 person or a 1 person tent.

Sometimes you'll need a break from each other.  With 2 tents you can split up for a day or two.  I did my first tour with a boyfriend with one tent for the two of us, there were times it would have been nice to have my own space.

I haven't thought about this before.  It's not like you'll be in another room or anything...

You can also rig a tarp between the two tent entrances creating a large sheltered space ideal for cooking, storing gear  etc.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: johnno on February 08, 2011, 02:09:19 pm
Procratinating by trawling this forum so maybe this issue is resolved!  Check out the REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus. Most hiking tents are pretty much the same dimension but this is longer, wider and a bit higher. I'm 6ft 2 and it works well for me.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: sprocketman on February 09, 2011, 12:15:14 am
Think color. If you will be in warm area, a light colored tent will be cooler. Good ventilation is a must. Whatever you choice, test it out in the yard. Pick the worst weather and sleep out in it. Also, loops and pockets inside help keep things organized. Searching for TP in the middle of the night is never fun. A loop at the high point of the dome is a good place to hang a light. Over time, if you tent looses its water repellencey, use a product called Nikwax. That stuff is great.   
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: mucknort on February 09, 2011, 02:15:58 pm
I'll second (3rd? 8th?) the thought to get a good sized 3 person tent.

My wife, 12 year old son, and I rode from Boston to Seattle this summer/fall. Before going I agonized/researched whether to get a 3 or 4 person tent for the 3 of us. After many phone calls to tent companies/retailers and asking friends I chose a 4 person tent (Nemo Asashi) and at the end of the trip we all felt it was the right choice. Although it weighed more, having the extra space in the tent for that long a period of time (4 months) made a 4 person the right choice for us. There was plenty of room for each pad/sleeping bag, extra gear, plus wiggle room. We never felt any dread regarding having to crawl into the tent as a family at night.
I also recommend a tent that has steep sidewalls and high headroom (as our tent did) so that it feels roomy for sitting up and for changing clothes.

Nemo makes a 3 person version of our tent called the Nemo Losi 3P. It has been highly recommended by Outside and Backpacker magazines. http://www.nemoequipment.com/nemo2010-losi3p-tent

http://www.amazon.com/Nemo-Equipment-Losi-3-Person-Tent/dp/B0035ENPIM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=

Another one I'd recommend with similar qualities (and is on sale for almost half price here) is the Sierra Designs Lightning xt3:

http://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Designs-Lightning-Three-Person-Ultralight/dp/B001LNNIIG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1297279629&sr=1-2

Later edit: I forgot to mention that setup/takedown was incredibly fast/easy with our Nemo tent.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: Tourista829 on February 10, 2011, 08:20:17 am
Hubba Hubba Baby!!!!! 3 person or 4 person. We have a two person Sierra Designs and four person tent Coleman. We share the weight and like to be able to stand up and have the extra room. We sacrifice 4 pounds for the extra comfort. :)
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: EnduroDoug on February 12, 2011, 09:27:34 pm
For short trips we use my 14 year old Siera Designs Clip Flashlight -- cheap and relatively stout for 3 seasons (though the old model I have isn't quite vented as well as I'd like).

We're going the Hilleberg Nallo GT route for our extended touring. It's pricey as hell, but very light for the space, and the extended vestibule will allow cooking out of the elements, not to mention plenty of "front porch" space for our panniers.

MSR used to make a great looking bike touring tent that had a massive vestibule big enough to park the bikes. Alas, it's been discontinued and even seems impossible to track down online.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: dombrosk on February 20, 2011, 09:13:49 am
Based on MrBent's suggestion my wife and I went out to our locally owned outdoor store yesterday and set up the Big Agnes Copper Dome 3.

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/CopperSpurUL3
 (http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/CopperSpurUL3)

Our immediate reaction was "wow" ---- what a nice tent.  Easy to set up, freaky light weight, two doors, easy sit up height.

We're in the market for a bigger tent because after about 10 years of solo touring my wife is ready to join in for a self-contained tour, and my little MSR Zoid 2 is really a one-person tent.  The amazing thing to me was that the Copper Spur weighs the same as my oversize bivvy Zoid.

Now for the price: $499 list.  Amazon has it at 20% off, and our local store had a 20% off Presidents Day sale coupon, so I'd look for paying about $400.  You'll have to look at your finances and how long you plan to use it--- but for us it was definitely worth it.

Thanks for the tip, MrBent!
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: Tourista829 on February 20, 2011, 11:30:59 am
Have you looked at the Big Agnes Big House Four Tent. Certainly not a lightweight at 12 pounds, if you share the load not too bad. Amazon has it at between $270-$300 new and free shipping. (not sure if you pay sales tax) I like the height at 68" and that for about $109 more you can add a huge vestibule that you can store your bikes in or have some privacy if kids come along. You can also get a matching foot print. I sometimes like to have lots of room and at 65 sq feet huge!  :o http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Accessory/TentVestibules/option/46
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: James on February 23, 2011, 01:17:58 am
Looks like some great advice from others.  Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth.  I can tell you this for sure, if you find yourself ( and you will if you are out for long) on a day when you are tired, and its raining, and getting dark, you will appreciate a tent that is 1 easy to set up, and 2 has enough room for you and some of your stuff. 

Look for a roomy tent, that has a simple easy to set up design.  You won't care about a few extra ounces when you are cold and tired.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: staehpj1 on February 23, 2011, 07:06:41 am
Look for a roomy tent, that has a simple easy to set up design.  You won't care about a few extra ounces when you are cold and tired.

Every one has different preferences in this regard.  Personally I find light weight to be much more important than sprawling space or space to bring in much gear.  When I carried a larger heavier tent I regretted the extra weight every day.  When I am in the tent I am either reading or sleeping and neither require much space.  I just don't find a roomy tent to be a big plus.  When I am cold and tired I just want to climb into my sleeping bag and go to sleep.  Not much space is required for that.

As far as gear goes I only bring in what I need to sleep, clothes for the morning, and my handlebar bag.  The rest stays in the bags on the bike.
Title: Re: Long Two-Person Trip Tent
Post by: DebKirk on March 01, 2011, 06:13:04 am
REI Halfdome 2 Plus is the BOMB. This tent is a 2 person rig, but it has added length and girth, hence the Plus. The tent has a screen roof and two screen entry points on either side of the tent, so nocturnal potty trips do not disturb your partner. I think the tent was about $225.00 or so. We have slept in ours 3X and love it.