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Thread: Backpack and tent combo for long distance walk

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    Hey all!

    Totally amazed by the wealth of experience and kindness on this forum - so thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

    Walking the South West Coast Path for Cancer Research UK in a few weeks. Camping the 630 miles to keep down costs.

    Can someone recommend a fairly inexpensive tent and backpack combo that could see me right through those seven weeks? I'm figuring June and July won't be majorly cold. Will also have to add a sleeping bag and roll to the equation - so if you could take that into account when suggesting a combo (obviously all will be carried on my back) that would be so much appreciated.

    Dave

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    Morning Dave,

    Welcome to the forum.

    How much money are you thinking of spending here?

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    Well as little as poss but I ain't about to cut corners since it's gonna have to last me at least a good few weeks.

    Everything under consideration at the moment.

    Thanks so much for your reply!

    Dave

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    OK, the gear hounds will be baying at the door shortly!

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    Well definately think about the Vango Tempest for your tent. Not the lightest by any means, you generally only get light when you spend more, but is built solidy, has plenty of room and is hits the right spot between cost and quality.

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    HI Dave

    In places along the SWCPthere are 'wardens' who will move you on. Contact the SWCP hereto find details of where you can find camping facilities. Another good source of campsites would be the Backpackers Club herethey have a campsite directory that may help you no end.

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    I'm looking for a 4 person tent for my daughter and friends for a DoE expedition.. I came across this following a discussion of quality low cost equipment:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...WNASIF:GB:1123

    less than £20 for a decent sized 2 man tent.. I don't know what the quality's like, but maybe worth a punt.

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Was hoping to get a tent under 2.5kg so the ebay one looks a bit too big. Awesome work everyone!

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    How about a Tarptent Contrail?If i was doing that walk, i would take mine. Only 700g. I would also use a very light backpack, as there is no need to carry food. As it's summer, a very light down sleeping bag is all you need.

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    the key here is as inexpensive as possible, guys. I'm doing this for charity, taking 7 weeks out of my time. It's all about giving - and I don't have a huge amount of spare cash to devote.

    Please keep the suggestions coming!

    Dave

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    Vango Banshee 200 is 2kg and worth a look for an inexpensive option. Ive got one for when my laser comp isnt suitable, such as when taking daughter camping.

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    Slight aside to gear, we did Minehead to Hartland point last September in the rain. We camped, and planned to wild camp more than we did. You may struggle with wild pitches. We are members of the backpackers club and wild pitch sites were few and far between in their LDP directory. In fact we nearly got moved on at one point if it hadnt been for the torrent of a river that we couldnt cross! The SWCP assoc do a good accomodation guide with pretty well all campsites in it, but far more B+B's listed.

    In terms of gear get and keep the weight down is the secret. sacs, you tend to get what you pay for, plus as you say ithas to last 7 weeks! Also suggest buy soon and get out and get used to it with weight.

    Tents numerous options, but less weight = more £. We have been using Hilleberg / Terra Nova for years but probably not in your proce band

    Enjoy and hope you get good weather!.

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    Don't think you'll get better value (first hand) than this:

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/t2-ult...t-pro-3244110/

    2kg, 2 person, double skin, 60 quid!

    Haven't tried it out myself so can't comment on quality.

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    DDev - I LOVE this! This is just what I'm looking for. If I wasn't in Oz right now I'd head right down there and make a purchase!

    Will see if I can get the parents to go on a trip...

    Is Decathlon open Sundays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDev View Post

    Don't think you'll get better value (first hand) than this:

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/t2-ult...t-pro-3244110/

    2kg, 2 person, double skin, 60 quid!

    Haven't tried it out myself so can't comment on quality.

    Stuart Bowman rates his:

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/f.../29227/V/1/SP/

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    Saying that the Vango banshee isn't much more and arguably vango has better credentials in tents.

    http://www.cheaptents.com/acatalog/P..._Tents_28.html

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    So how about the whole backpack -> tent thing? What do I need to buy to strap everything together?

    Any suggestions on sleeping bag? Do I need a roll too, or just straight on to the flysheet? And pillow-wise I'm guessing a jumper or something to keep things light?

    I'm a fairly weather-beaten camperist so I find me asking these questions a bit bizarre, but hey - I'm a northerner!


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    this uns 1.5kgs.

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/lighte...909/#INFO-TECH

    you'd be hard pushed to get a true tent at that weight for less.

    seems ok, shame it aint green though.

    tescos do a down bag weighs 800grms for 40quid. you can get a roll mat for a couple of quid.

    if you go to a BIG tescos you'll find most things that'll do the job and are cheap and cheerful.

    if you wanny cut down the weight further you'll have to throw cash at it.

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    I'm assuming you don't want to spend the money needed for a down bag, so this Mountain Equipment Starlyte IIbag at £35looks like it would fit the bill. They have other discounted bags on their site. The Starlyte I is £5 cheaper.

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    What 'may contain nuts' says.

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