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Message posted by Boxa on 11/4/2014 at 7:55am
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I currently have the Vango Banshee as my backpack tent, but its not exactly a light weight thing or small,  can anyone tell me what the Bivvy Bags are like or the Gelert Solo ?

 

or just recommend a decent and ultra light tent??

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Message posted by heather + phil on 11/4/2014 at 10:14am
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I use a Bivvy Bag which I think I bought off Ebay.



This was my first bivvy with a poncho.



I bought this tent for winter /adverse weather. It weighs around 1.90kg and even less now that I've changed the pegs. It's a budget tent though, so it's probably no good to you.

The set up I usually use.


And how it blends in....


Hope it helps

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Message posted by Boxa on 11/4/2014 at 12:07pm
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Thanks for the reply and pictures,  I did look at buying the Yellow Stone like what you have in the middle picture  and it is between that one or a Jack Wolfskin Gosamer.  In the picture you have a Tarp over the top of the tent?  is that just for a bit of extra rain protection or is it not too good in the rain?

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The Yellow Stone only has one pole and you have to pitch the inner first. Up in the Highlands you could just use the inner as a mozzi net. The tarp was used as a porch so that I could use my trangia outside in the rain. (even though I used my small gas stove on this trip)

The Jack Wolfskin looks pretty good. I'd give that one a try.

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Thanks for the info,  Just ordered the Jack Wolf, it just seemed like it would last a little longer.

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My pleasure. Let us all know how you get on with the Jack Wolf.

I've just noticed that you have the Banshee 300. Maybe that's why it's a little on the large side? Or is it because you share? Just wondering.....

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I do the whole backpack camping alone but I wanted a bit if extra space for longer trips, I did 8 nights away last month and the Banshee was great for that. Wanted something a bit lighter though for just a couple of nights away and I did like the look of the yellowstone but I will see what the Jack is like when it gets here

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Message posted by privatehudson on 14/4/2014 at 12:37pm
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H+P your last photo reminds me of a "spot the ball" competition, only with tents...

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And without the prize, privatehudson. I take it you found it?

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A bit late but for a slimmed down (but cheap) option I'm sold on the Alpkit Rig 3.5 with a bivvy bag - I've got a cheapie Gelert Bivi that works fine. If you already carry walking poles it's a no-brainer, and even if you don't one pole is enough for a flying diamond pitch.

The Rig 3.5 is 270g and 35, a bivi around 350g and 30 - so total of 720g for 65 total. I think you'd struggle to find anything else that light for that little money. And the Rig is much more flexible that TN etc equivalents due to extra guying and pegging points.

Granted, I personally shelled out for a roll of 2mm Dyneema with mini linkloks for guys, and some lightweight TiPin pegs etc as finishing touches - but they'll be getting used with my other tents.

Used in anger for the first time a few weeks back camping at around 700m up in the Lake District. Very sloppily pitched due to flat calm and no wind (and being shattered.) Of course the weather turned during the middle of the night - it chucked it down - but I stayed warm and dry regardless. Excellent bit of kit.

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Quote: Originally posted by heather + phil on 15/4/2014
And without the prize, privatehudson. I take it you found it?



Strangely not no, I think I need my eyes testing...

Message posted by zipnut on 27/4/2014 at 10:32pm
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My backpacking tent is a Robens Atmos. Very light, weather weather resistant ..... you just have to do EVERYTHING lying down if you're 6'4" like me

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