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Hi!

I normally stay in cheap hotels and hostels when I go touring. Now thinking of giving camping a try for a new experience and keep costs down. Not been camping in many years (went with parents when I was a child). I guess I need a tent that is light and portable to go on the back of my bike. The choice is endless on the internet. Anyone got any recommendations? Would like to not spend more that around £200 (GBP).

any advice greatly appreciated!

cheers Andy
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Hello and congratulations on being the first poster to our forums!

As the creator of this site, I thought I would reply to the first post and give you my opinion.

I have used a few tents over the years - some for touring and some for just general camping with friends/family. For cycle touring I have used two tents; a cheap Eurohike backpacker tent for less than £40.00 and my latest tent the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 one tent for around £250. Both of these a good for different reasons. It all depends on what your intended use is? What weather conditions are you expecting? That is a key question. If going for the fair weather, then you could start with something cheap like the Eurohike backpacker to see if you like camping. Then move onto something more expensive at a later date.

Anyway, recommendation wise, I would go with Terra Nova products. I personally like their kit; it is well made, durable, light and compact. As mentioned above, I have the Laser Competition 1 one tent. Off top of my head, this weighs around 900 grams and sits perfectly on top of my rear rack on my bicycle. It goes up in about 5 minutes (now I have practised!) and gives me plenty of space to store me, my panniers, bedding and all the other stuff I like to take with me! It isn't designed to host parties inside, so all you will be doing is sleeping in there! It is pretty waterproof at 6000mm and I have been in it when that has been tested on more occasions that I would like :-) The only thing that slightly annoys me is that it does have a tendency to build up condensation that can need wiping off if you set out early in the morning. But then again it is a 1 man tent and isn't uncommon.

Here is a link. http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/tents-and-spares/all-tents/laser-competition-1-tent/

Hope this helps!

cheers Pete
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Thanks for the reply. In answer to your questions, I normally go touring in fair ish weather conditions. Around 5 degrees at night would be the coldest. Would that be good for the Terra Nova? The reviews look good for the Laser Competition. Thanks
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I like my Vango Banshee tent. you can pick them up for around 100 quid and will serve you well! Compacts down pretty well for touring and weighs around 2kg.
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You will be fine in the Laser Competition in those temperatures. I have used it below freezing a couple of times. I lived to tell the tale! :-)
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I like my Hilleberg Nallo. Good space for one person with all your kit. Quite light at around 2kb. A bit of a squeeze with two with kit, but doable.

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They look like great tents :-) Some great specs for the price
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Not been on here for a while, just seen the replies. Thanks to all. I purchased a Vango Banshee in the end. It had some good reviews and I found it by chance in a sale at my local camping shop. Had a test run in the back garden - now out into the wild!
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Love my MSR Hubba tent. Great quality and dead simple to put up.
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