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Thread: Tents - 2 man - lightweight - compact - TOP Quality

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    Tents - 2 man - lightweight - compact - TOP Quality

    Interested in feedback on what you experts out there recommend as the best for lightweight Tents
    What you would take into Fiordland or West Coast and feel comfortable and secure of dryness/stability etc.

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    Low weight
    Strength
    Easy quick assembly
    Insect proof
    Water proof
    Withstand rough conditions Re wind/rain

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    Macpac Olympus is the best tent out there, but it is heavy (3-4kg). The newer lighter tents like MSR NX series are a lot lighter (half the weight or less) but are not as sturdy, you need to be careful picking a campsite out of the wind if high winds are forecast.
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    Macpac minaret is a good tent , agree with stug ,olympus is a wicked tent
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    Fly in trips I take the olympus and have a wee exped mira for walk in.

    Have had no issues with either. The mac pack olympus is an awesome tent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munsey View Post
    Macpac minaret is a good tent , agree with stug ,olympus is a wicked tent
    Iv tryed the minaret yes it’s light but if you have 2 hunters with gear there’s not enough room to keep your gear from weather and keas
    Hubba hubba or its copy’s has 2 areas to store gear
    Also not that much more weight
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    My MSR Access2 tent has served me well. 4 season tent approx 2kg. not hard to put up/take down
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    If you want quality then look at the likes of Big Agnes, Terra Nova, Hilleberg

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    Top priority for me is to be able to pitch the fly first, or even better the fly and inner connected. Anything that is pitched inner first then the fly has been terrible in wet cold conditions. There are always trade-offs between weight/size/strength. It is a matter of picking what best suits you, with your mode of transport, with your destinations. I have a selection and pick the best for the job at hand.
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    Cheers guys
    Some Brands I never heard of "Big Agnes+Hilleberg" for example

    Was a huge Macpac fan b4 they went offshore - I imagine the up top end still passes the Q test ??

    I was leaning towards the MSR Hubba 2 man - for weight and compactness and undercover storage etc
    @gadgetman - can you elaborate on what you mean Re "able to pitch the fly first, or even better the fly and inner connected" please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    Cheers guys
    Some Brands I never heard of "Big Agnes+Hilleberg" for example

    Was a huge Macpac fan b4 they went offshore - I imagine the up top end still passes the Q test ??

    I was leaning towards the MSR Hubba 2 man - for weight and compactness and undercover storage etc
    @gadgetman - can you elaborate on what you mean Re "able to pitch the fly first, or even better the fly and inner connected" please
    A lot of tents you can pitch the outer first so you can keep the inner dry and set it up once the outer is done, also good for quick and light trips where you can leave the inner behind fullstop and just camp under the outer.

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    @Sarvo I have seen a few MSR Hubba/Hubba Hubba tents get wrecked real easy in a bit of wind on the tops, and heard of quite a few more. How light do you think is acceptable?

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    If price is a limiting factor, the Salewa Micra 2 is a great tent for the money, I have had one about 6 years now and used to use it for all my trips but now use it only for fly in stuff as it's a bit heavier than my main tent, absolutely bombproof, really good stitching and components, they weigh around 2.2kg, have had MSR users crammed inside with me twice after their tents were flattened on the tops and the wee Salewa took it all in it's stride no worries. I use a Terra Nova Solar competition as my main tent now it's really only a 1 person tent but I can fit my pack and boots etc in the vestibule, it weighs 1kg ready to go and less if I leave the inner behind, has taken on a few good storms on the tops too and comes out the other side no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    @Sarvo I have seen a few MSR Hubba/Hubba Hubba tents get wrecked real easy in a bit of wind on the tops, and heard of quite a few more. How light do you think is acceptable?
    Cheers Ryan
    Preff less than 3 - circa 2Kg better
    Understand the pitching method now - makes sense for sure and to be able to use just fly in some circumstance be perfect.

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    Hilleberg are probably the last word in tents, awesome gear, but pricy.

    Salewa are good for the money, but my walk in tent is a Vaude power lizard. Weighs nothing, and pretty strong as long as you pitch it right, they’re a little finicky until you get use to them. The 1.5 is great for one person, but they make a 2ish model as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7x64 View Post
    Hilleberg are probably the last word in tents, awesome gear, but pricy.

    Salewa are good for the money, but my walk in tent is a Vaude power lizard. Weighs nothing, and pretty strong as long as you pitch it right, they’re a little finicky until you get use to them. The 1.5 is great for one person, but they make a 2ish model as well.
    Like the look of the Vaude Tents

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