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    In June I am riding to Idaho from Iowa. We are going to camp . Can anyone recommend a decent two person tent that goes up fast and wont break the bank. nothing to big .I dont want junk . I am turning to all of you for advice. Thanks Steve from Iowa

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    Do you plan on putting gear in the tent with you? If so you will need a 3 or 4 person tent (depending on ya'll's sizes). I'm a Kelty fan personally. They build quality gear that won't break your wallet in half.

    This is the tent I currently use

    http://www.rei.com/product/819973/kelty-salida-2-tent

    Below are some links to two of the best online retailers for outdoor gear out there with a search for 2,3 and 4 person tents. You pretty much can't go wrong with any tent these places sell so just pick one in your price range and read the reviews.

    http://www.rei.com/search?cat=450000...ity%2C4-person

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/...0&colorFilter=

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/...=&colorFilter=

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/...=&colorFilter=

    And than another link to the Kelty site with a search of the same things.
    http://www.kelty.com/c-tents-shelter...erson|4-person

    I do backpacking and whatnot too, and use my backpacking gear for motorcycle use too so weight is a concern for me. One of the main areas that drives tent cost up is weight savings. Generally as price goes up weight goes down and as price goes down weights go up.

    You can also see improvements in ventilation which helps cut down on condensation forming on the rain fly or inside skin of the tent. Some of the really cheap tents are really bad about condensation because f bad ventilation.

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    Cabela's XPG Deluxe

    I've been using a Cabela's XPG Deluxe 4-Person tent for the last 2 years and I'm
    quite pleased, it's the best tent I've ever used. It is absolutely waterproof and
    rolls up to a reasonable size and weighs about 9-10 pounds as I recall. I took it
    from Maine to North Carolina and back, no problem. Lots of room for one person
    and gear and would easily work for 2 people with limited gear. Watch Cabela's website
    and flyers closely because they frequently have sales on their stuff. I bought my tent on
    sale and paid quite a bit less than the regular retail price that they are quoting here.
    Another good place to look for stuff is Campsaver.com, there is always a %20 discount
    code on the web somewhere for their site and the stuff they carry is good stuff.
    Good luck with you choice and your trip.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products

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    Smile

    I never hesitate to spend serious bucks if it means a high-quality product. At the same time, I've seen too many examples of products being "high-end" simply because of their brand name, and don't throw my $$$ at them just for the bragging rights.

    I have motorcycle tented at MOA rallies in Wyoming, Tennessee and Pennsylvania - all in quality products that withstood foul weather, lots of rain, high winds and nasty conditions.

    My source: Wal-Mart or Amazon, for Coleman tents.

    Never spent over $75 - i.e. the Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent!

    Roomy (with 2 people, you need a 4-person tent, so space for all the gear), well-ventilated, no need for additional ground cloth, electrical access port, well-constructed, waterproof, etc.

    Just say'in.
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    Sierra Trading Post & Sportsmans Guide are a couple more as is ebay if you know the item well. I prefer "free standing" tents.
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    I have a REI Taj 3 person tent which I really like a lot but would like to have a little taller tent for maybe standing up and changing. Although the taj is a fine tent, we purchased a Big Agnes King Creek 4. A little taller, folds up compact, waterproof, great in wind and is my around favorite tent now. There is lots of room inside, I can stand up to change and is just really nice. It won't break you either. My wife and I can put it up in about 10 minutes without breaking into a sweat. That includes putting the stakes in. Great tent for the price at about $275.00 if you look around. Excellent quality. We also put a fold-up carpet in the vestibule so we don't track grass and dirt in. Works great.

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    The Catoma Switchback will sleep 2 comfortably and has 2 vestibules. It is a 2 wall tent with good ventilation so condensation is not a problem. I had an inexpensive Coleman tent (dome type) that packed smaller than the Catoma and was quite roomy. North Face & Big Agnes are seen at all rallys that I have attended. RIDE SAFE
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    Lots of closeouts and very good prices on high end gear at this time of year, REI, Cabelas, Eastern Mountain Sports, Campmor, Amazon, etc.
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    After a year of researching online and forums, I bought a Nemo 3 person. Nemo Losi means QUALITY. It has been simply outstanding in every way. Ease of assembly. Sturdy in the wind. Leakproof in the rain. It also rolls itself up inside a nice cover that fits neatly atop my GIVI top case.

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    Thanks for the info

    Thanks everyone lots of great info.This helps alot Thanks again Steve from Iowa RIDE SAFE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rpbump View Post
    The Catoma Switchback will sleep 2 comfortably and has 2 vestibules. It is a 2 wall tent with good ventilation so condensation is not a problem. I had an inexpensive Coleman tent (dome type) that packed smaller than the Catoma and was quite roomy. North Face & Big Agnes are seen at all rallys that I have attended. RIDE SAFE
    +1 I purchased one last year. Sets up quickly, went through a bad storm and no water leakage, plenty of room, and not to pricy...
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    One thought is to buy a tent that is one size bigger than the number of people who will use it. ie If is just you get a 2 person, if you have a partner to share get a 3 person etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by 178000 View Post
    In June I am riding to Idaho from Iowa. We are going to camp . Can anyone recommend a decent two person tent that goes up fast and wont break the bank. nothing to big .I dont want junk . I am turning to all of you for advice. Thanks Steve from Iowa

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    +2 on the Nemo Losi 3P

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    Quote Originally Posted by garthw View Post
    One thought is to buy a tent that is one size bigger than the number of people who will use it. ie If is just you get a 2 person, if you have a partner to share get a 3 person etc.
    It's a fact, not just a thought.
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    I have a backpacking tent Seirra designs clip flashlight that I used for years but since my bike now carries the weight instead of me I use a Kelty Salida 4 tent . I travel alone but it gives me plenty of room for my gear and enough room for me to sit up in a camp chair if the weather gets bad. I like having the room and the height is nice when getting dressed. I paid about $120.00 on sale
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