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Message posted by stewey on 05/1/2014 at 4:16pm
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hi all..im unsure as to which bivi shelter/tent to buy...its a toss up between a jamet shelter single hoop bivi tent for 45.00 inc p & p or a snugpak stratosphere bivi for 87.00 not inc p & p ..but quite local for me to go and pick it up depending on which one I pick..theres a slight ariation on the measurements ..the jamet headheight being some what lower than the stratosphere..i think im drawn to the jamet because of its low price..so unsure as to which is the better quality

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Message posted by Cross Camping on 05/1/2014 at 5:03pm
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Its not my thing but I think looking at the spec etc the Snugpak is a higher spec re fabric, poles and waterproofing etc

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Message posted by camping hawk on 06/1/2014 at 12:54am
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Hi Stewey.

I have a vango blade 200 which i think is great. Have used on top of a mountain in a thunderstorm and woke up to find the tent surrounded by a puddle but nice and dry inside. Also just one pole and costs about 80 quid.

I have also been watching vids on you tube of people wild camping using a hammock and tarp which also doubles as a bivy. Looks comfy and packs down light... price about 50 quid.

Message posted by stewey on 07/1/2014 at 5:35pm
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hi gary and hawk..ive decided on a vango banshee 300 instead of a bivi..im thinking bout the room and some were to store my gear ..ive been on youtube watching the vids on both the blade and the banshee and I think the banshees looking favourite..thanks for your advice..stewey camperman

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Message posted by mikemorrow on 08/1/2014 at 1:47am
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Basically a Bivi is used in emergencies. I carry one winter camping. Never hoping to use it. I know some UL hikers that will use them. But I like the space of a tent.

Message posted by stewey on 09/1/2014 at 6:31pm
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hi mike..i was going to use the hooped bivi for when I go wild camping..due to ease and space when carrying..but I ended up getting a vango banshee 300 instead..cheers

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Hy Stewey I use a Coleman Cobra 2 for my summer travels. Very much the same tent. On nice nights open up the rain fly and use your trekking poles to make 2 great awnings! I think you will be very happy with this tent.

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In fact the first picture in my gallery is the cobra set up this way.

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I've always pitched sloping tents low end into the wind & the door/porch has been at the sheltered end. These style would catch the wind in an open porch by the looks of them if pitched that way. Do you pitch these tall end into the wind? Our lad was looking at a Banshee.

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Message posted by mikemorrow on 11/1/2014 at 12:24pm
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Ideally I pitch the foot to the wind. Only opening it up like that on the nicest of days. But it is very easily closest up by knocking down trekking poles and zippering fly. IMO easier and faster than unhooking rolled up rain fly.
Personally I like the Cobra better because of the two doors. This allows better ventilation.
   

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In UK conditions it can often be sunny but windy camped in the hills as we don't have the extent of tree cover the USA has. Certainly a lot of bavkpackers here camp above the treeline. It's nice to cook in or just look out from an open but sheltered porch in such conditions. This design originated in the USA I think, where it would be better suited.

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Message posted by mikemorrow on 11/1/2014 at 5:02pm
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I'm on the Oregon coast and I buy tents from the UK because our weather is nearly the same.
List of my tents
Summer Coleman Cobra 2
Kite festivals Outwell Baltic Sea M
Music festivals Eurohike 200
Winter Terra Nova Duolite
Weather for the last 4 days has been wind gust 40+ mph temp 52 night and day. And a mix of fog, mist, and driving rains.
Another reason I like the Cobra is that it has 2 doors 2 porch areas. That means more room for your gear. And if the wind changes, as it does, you have the option of what door to use. Thats very handy. I do like the European Cobra over mine with the all in one set-up. That comes in hand when pitching and packing in the rain.

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But we don't have the rain forest!

If the wind's from the low end won't it blow into either porch? Or are the doors 4 way?

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I must admit I love the rain forest too. I live in it! The Pacific Ocean is 3 miles from my place. In the summer thats where I camp the most. So the Cobra sees allot of sand and wind. I have very little problems with the winds, no matter what the direction.
Not sure what you mean buy 4 way doors. My Terra Nova is a 3 way door system. But the cobra only opens one way on both sides. Like I said this is my summer tent, brighter skies, longer days, warmer weather. Wouldn't use it in the winter here.

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I see that you have a large TNF tent. Hows that working for you. I got rid of my TNF Canyonland for the Cobra. There is a problem with the PU coating gassing off. Making the rain fly sticky and not water proof.

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I guess I meant to say 2 x 2-way doors. My MSR Hubba Hubba just has 1 door on the side but a 2 way, so when it's pitched at 90 degrees to the wind you can always have a sheltered porch.

Oregon is on my wish list of states to visit. Been around MT, SD, CO, WY, AZ & a little of CA.

We've had the TNF Trailhead for 7 years & are still very pleased with it. We also have an older TNF Mountain tent that was gifted by a friend in SoCal. Just used that last weekend.

So with the MSR that's me with 3 US tents!   The MSR replaced the revered Hilleberg Akto for 3 season backpacking. Lighter & less prone to condensation. I use a 1st gen Macpac Minaret in winter conditions in the UK.

I've had that sticky PU syndrome on an old Vango Hurricane and Phoenix Phortress, but not on the TNF's.

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