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Old 28 June 2022, 08:05   #1
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Super lightweight camping

I'm thinking of getting a pair of very inexpensive pop up tents for a spot of super easy camping with the boat this summer.

The key, apart from weather, is to find a location, preferably in the north of the Isle of Wight where a boat can be moored, a tent thrown up and the evening spent in a pub. Ie the only camping equipment being tent, sleeping bag and wash bag.

Is anyone aware of such a location?
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Old 28 June 2022, 08:17   #2
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Hi Tim, sorry can't help you with location.

With regard to the tent, I originally tried a pop up and found that they are not the best shape to store in a SIB. Went for a lightweight hiking tent which I found much better to store in the SIB, took up less space and is easier to tie down.
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Thanks Steve. Good warning. I'd imagined that as they pack into a disk shape they would fit on the deck in the bows as our beach tent does. Will check they aren't too large.
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Tim if you go single skin tent condensation is a pain mate go quick pitch with inner and out pitch at the same time.

Google slumit pop up tent there will be others look for at least 300 mm hydrostatic head vango are good at reasonable prices.
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Morning Jeff. Thanks for the tip. I had been contemplating a pair of cheapie 2 man pop up tents but for not much more there looks to be a Coleman 4 man one which looks to be lined. There is also a Vango.

As for location, there looks to be a campsite by the water up the Medina by Newport which might be perfect.
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Morning Jeff. Thanks for the tip. I had been contemplating a pair of cheapie 2 man pop up tents but for not much more there looks to be a Coleman 4 man one which looks to be lined. There is also a Vango.

As for location, there looks to be a campsite by the water up the Medina by Newport which might be perfect.


You could go the whole Ray Mears experience & use a tarp.
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You could go the whole Ray Mears experience & use a tarp.
I've done a couple of nights in an ex-army bivvie - one night in light drizzle. It was surprisingly OK. It's a little "exposed" for public areas IMO. My nights were on a deserted island
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You could go the whole Ray Mears experience & use a tarp.
It's an option, along with rabbit snares.

I do actually have a goretex bivi bag which is a fantastic thing for hiking. However, as we learned one year at Le Mans, not so good in campsites where people have a habit of tripping over it when walking home in the evening!!

A cheap, basic tent next to a pub that does lock-ins makes more sense.
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I got the Eurohike Cairns 2 from GoOutdoors last year to replace an ancient 2 man which had started to disintegrate, I paid around £50 for it. I have only used it once but I'm very impressed with the quality.
I think they do a Cairns 3 and a Cairns 4.
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For my trips I have a vango spey 200 enough room for me with a single air bed I got two extra poles and a tarp which goes over the tent one end on the poles the other guyed out with bungee cord gives a large area to sit and store kit.last time out it rained for almost 24 hours tent bone dry and no condensation on the inner tent. One tip two man tent is really a one man and so on IMO.
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One tip two man tent is really a one man and so on IMO.
Now that depends upon who you are sharing it with

Just ordered a tarp for mine for exactly the same reason
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I do actually have a goretex bivi bag which is a fantastic thing for hiking. However, as we learned one year at Le Mans, not so good in campsites where people have a habit of tripping over it when walking home in the evening!!
LOL - yes that was my point. My bivvy is in MTP camo and I almost lost it once having set it on a drystone wall to air while packing my gear. Failed to spot and pack it. I've used it while kipping in the daytime on the same island and yes, people WILL fall over you...
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