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    lightweight camping gear

    Hello everyone,

    So, I can't carry a whole lot of extra weight on my bike, so I'm looking for some lighter weight camping gear.
    I have an extralight sleeping bag.

    But, I'm looking for a sleeping pad and a tent (2 person)

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
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    I like the Thermarest Pro-Lite 4 for a sleeping pad and Nemo Morpho AR tent--it's rated two person, but works well as 1+gear. Reviewed in last month's ON. There are lighter tents out there, though. Depends on your needs.
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    Hey Theo,
    I'd recommend Coleman's 2 person Sundome tent (7' x 5'). It packs up very compactly in a provided carrying case. I think the packed weight is @ 6 lbs.

    I'd purchased one en route to the West Bend rally at a Dick's Sporting Goods for @ $32 and have been so happy with it, I haven't even used my LL Bean 3-person tent at all this season. I've used it in the rain and have stayed dry as a bone. Great value for the price.

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    Lightweight Camping Gear

    I would recommend the Mountain Hardware Lightpath series of tents. I bought mine on sale last fall for $120. More money, yes. But its great! I was camping in the middle of a wicked thunderstorm and never a drop of water came in the tent. Packs down really small too.

    As far as a camping mat is concerned, I haven't been able to find a good one that is comfortable that will pack small like I want. Sorry, no help there.

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    A company named Catoma makes small tents for the military and fire services. They have tents from a small 1 person (around 3 pounds) to larger 4-6 person tents. Their web site breaks down the tents into backpacking, firefighting, tactical and motorcycle. They can be expensive, but no more than REI or similiar companies. I have a couple of their tents and they have out-lasted Coleman and similiar tents by several seasons. Well worth a look.

    Their web side is www.catomaoutdoor.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by GDWallace View Post
    A company named Catoma makes small tents for the military and fire services. They have tents from a small 1 person (around 3 pounds) to larger 4-6 person tents. Their web site breaks down the tents into backpacking, firefighting, tactical and motorcycle. They can be expensive, but no more than REI or similiar companies. I have a couple of their tents and they have out-lasted Coleman and similiar tents by several seasons. Well worth a look.

    Their web side is www.catomaoutdoor.com

    That Switchback tent looks very nice. Can you comment on their set-up system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by atlbmw View Post
    Any suggestions?

    Just check out the lightweight backpacking gear section of your outdoor store.
    Or check out web stores like Campmor, REI, MEI, etc.

    Most all of it translates nicely to packing and storing for motorcyle camping. Just remember you can usually make some trades for comfort since you don't have to carry it on your back.

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    Big Agnes

    Check out the big agnes pads and bags, maybe not the cheapest but quality and the pad is really SMALL AND COMPACT. When combined witha BA bag super comfy, if one can be so while on the ground.

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    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. The Catoma tents can be set up in 2-3 mins. I can set up the combat vehicle crew tent solo,(Got it in a previous life, that is prior to retirement.) solo, in about 5 mins. It's an external frame, that you snap the tent to, then cover with the rain fly.

    I also have the stealth, which I can set up in about 1-2 mins. Very low profile and light weight to carry.

    I've been in the combat crew vehicle tent in 45-60 mph winds in the high desert. As long as you run out the guy lines properly, it stays in place. So I would bet the smaller tents, with lower their profiles would be pretty secure in the wind also.

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    If you are looking to save a little money and still get some good gear. Try out these sites; www.sierratradingpost.com & backcountry.com.

    If you want a decent tent try Kelty Gunnison but if you don't mind throwing down $250 to $300 on a tent try the Big Agnes SL-2 Seedhouse.

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    Smile Light weight Camp Gear

    I do a lot of solo camping. I have an REI Polifil Mummy bag, a Sieria Design Sirius 2 (3 season 2 man tent) and a Hightech Cot found in the Aerostitch or Cabela's Catalog. The Cot is expensive but very light and comfortable & adjustable.

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    This link is to the Zeus 3 which is the largest of the three sizes. If you want one smaller (and cheaper) they also have the Zeus 1 and 2. They pack small and set up easy.

    http://www.moontrail.com/eureka-zeus3.php

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    Go to your local REI, EMS, or equivalent. Avoid the cheap crap at Wally-World and other discount retailers. High quality = low weight = high prices = durability. If it's designed to be back-packed, you can be sure it's light weight. Go with name brands like MSR, Mountain Hardware, The North Face, REI's house brand, Big Agnes, Black Diamond, etc.

    Do you want to spend $100 each year for a new Wal-Mart tent, or do you want to spend $200 for a tent that lasts a decade or more?

    I never understand why people don't factor replacements cost into their decision matrix when buying cheap crap at Wally-World or equivalent. I do a lot of camping at music festivals, and I see people who fly into town for the event, hit Wal-Mart for some gear on their way to the show, and then spend the long weekend watching their cheap stuff disintegrate over just a couple of days.
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