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Your bike camping kit
« on: August 19, 2010, 06:14:13 pm »
Just wondering what people use for tent, mat, sleeping bag and stove for a weekend jaunt.  This isn't meant to be a review thread, just to see what the modern cycle-camper is using.  You can, however, rate stuff out of 10 if you like.

Tent: Eurohike Backpacker 1-2 man (cheap but pretty light)
Mat: Gelert 3/4 self-inflating mat
Bag: Snugpak Travelpak Lite
Stove: Coleman 550B petrol stove or HiGear Blaze gas stove (for one night trips).  Did use a cheap Camping Gaz stove but it was deeply unsatisfactory once the cartridge was less than half full.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010, 06:17:22 pm »
Tent: Argos Pro-Action 2kg £14.99 in 2004 (apparently a copy of a £300 North Face one)
Mat: Queccahauauua? self inflating little blue one from Decathlon
Bag: Snugpak Travelpak Extreme
Stove: McDonalds / pub unless I'm in the car; in extremis an old Camping Gaz Bluet

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 06:24:25 pm »
Tent: Vango Banshee 200
Mat: Vango Adventure Self Inflating Mat
Bag: Blacks Quad 4
Stove:Camping.co.uk Hard Anodized Camping Cook Set  little Trangia copy

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2010, 06:25:23 pm »
For 2

Tent: Blacks Octane 3 Absolutely FABULOUS Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT :D :D :D :D :D
Mat: Exped Synmat 7DLX
Bag: Mountain Equipment XXL with one insert (we slimmed, it used to be 2 8))
Winter Bag: Rab 1100 and Rab 600 zipped together Or mountain equipment one inside a double bag.
Stove: Primus Gravity

When it was just me

Tent: Hilleberg Nallo 2
Mat: Exped downmat 7 in summer, 9 in winter
Bag: Rab quantum 600 in summer and (?)summit 1100 in winter
Stove: MSR (i think) titan. It's tiny, anyway :D


Edited to add: pillows: Ajungilak comfort pute :)
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2010, 06:35:36 pm »
Tent: Argos Pro-Action.  Awesome value for ~20 quid.  I intend to get something with room for panniers and/or a barakta at some point, though.
Mat: Alpkit Regular Airic.  Heavy at about 960g, but thick enough that I can sleep on my side without hip/shoulder pain.  A good night's sleep is worth a lot of weight.  Realistically, the only alternative I'd give serious consideration to would be the Downmat.
Bag: Karrimor rectangular synthetic thing.  Huge and heavy, but my lower back doesn't get on with mummy bags.  Lightweight rectangular down sleeping bags seem to be unobtanium, unfortunately.
Stove: Trangia 27 series.  Not being a tea/coffee drinker, I've no particular need for high-speed hot water, and you know where you are with liquid fuels.
Stool: Coleman Exponent.  I really need to rest my knee in a neutral position after a day's riding, this is by far the best option I've found.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010, 06:40:47 pm »
We don't travel light.

Tent:     Hilleberg Nammatj 3GT  -  a veritable palace for two cycle tourists!
Mat:      Exped Downmat 7
Pillow:   Ajungilak Exped inflatable pillow
Bag:     Snugpak Softie 9 for colder trips, otherwise Snugpak Softie Kilo
Stove:  Trangia 25

If I was wandering alone I'd take a smaller tent such as my Terra Nova Solar 2 or even my bivvy bag, and a Trangia 27, otherwise the same.   Comfort is very important when sleeping.

   


Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2010, 06:54:32 pm »
Tent: Hilleberg Unna
Mat: Thermarest ProLite 3
Bag: Fjällräven P 5 XL
Stove: Camping-Koch-Set (Trangia clone from Lidl)
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2010, 07:00:12 pm »
Tent: Hilleberg Unna
Mat: Thermarest ProLite 4
Bag: RAB Quantum 400
Stove: Tiny Markhill gas stove, cannot recall model, plus tripod.  Very small pan.

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2010, 07:05:52 pm »
Tent - Terra nova: Solar.
Bag - Mountain equipment: Dewline.
Mat - Alpkit: Slim Airic.
Stove - Primus: Eta express.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2010, 07:19:57 pm »
Tent - Terra Nova Solar 2.2
Mat - Big Agnes Insulated air mat (Like the Exped Synmat)
Bag - Jacks R Better camping quilt
Stove - Jetboil

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2010, 07:44:17 pm »
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2010, 07:44:27 pm »
Tent  - Argos pro action 1 man (same as Kim's)  cost ~ £17
Mat  - Generic foam (I have a self inflating one but it's too big & heavy) cost ~ £5
Bag  - Tesco ultralight down bag cost ~ £20
Stove  - Lidl Trangia copy (I have a real trangia but it's getting too battered) cost ~ £7

Actually, if it is just me, I usually wild camp and would use the breathable bivi-bag instead of the tent - Bivi-bag bought in sales for ~ £15  :o

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2010, 08:11:08 pm »
Tent: Macpac Microlite
Mat: Thermarest Prolite 3/4
Bag: Alpkit 2 season down or Mountain Equipment 3 season synthetic, with a silk liner if needed. 
Stove: Primus ETA Express

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2010, 08:48:58 pm »
On my ownio:

Tent:  Terra Nova Laser
Mat:  Exped Downmat 7DLX
Bag:  Lafuma Extreme 800 in summer and a huuuge old Survival Aids synthetic mountain job out of season.  I'm probably going to invest inna proper Alpkit down bag, though.
Stove:  Clickstand S-2 with Tatonka stainless meths burner, nested inside Snow Peak 1400 and 900 Ti pots.

With Julian:

Tent: Just bought a Nallo 3GT
Mat: As above
Bag: As above
Stove: Julian's Trangia 27 kit, supplemented by my Snow Peak Gigapower Ti stove.

Out of all this gear, the thing I rave about the most is the Downmat.  Quite simply, it's revolutionised my enjoyment of camping.  As someone who prefers to sleep on her side, I've gone from sleeping badly on Thermarests and the like, to getting fabulous nights of sleep every single time.  Twice the weight of my Prolite 3 and worth every single gram.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2010, 09:03:58 pm »
Tent - Hilleberg Akto - expensive, but I've had 10 years of use from it and it's never let me down. Have recently bought a Golite Shangri La and am still a little unsure about it.

Sleeping bag - A Marmot Atom for warm conditions and a Marmot Helium for cold. The Helium was bought for the Himalaya and is overkill for much else!  A silk liner always goes with me as well.

Mat - I've gone from a standard Thermarest to a Downmat then to a Neoair.  Both the Downmat and Neoair blow the thinner mats away.   Also use an Ajungilak inflatable pillow

Stove - Trangia 27 with an extra pan from the mini as well. If it's just an overnight trip I've got a tiny Primus gas stove and MSR Titan kettle.
 
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2010, 09:22:34 pm »
Tent - Saunders Spacepacker - a couple of big porches and stable in the wind.
Mat - Alpkit Regular Airic - nive and comfy, if a bit heavy.
Bag - Snugpac Kilo Softie plus liner for colder nights
Stove - Swedish Army Surplus Trangia - cheap but heavy, not used for every trip.

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2010, 10:45:16 pm »
By myself -

Tent - Lightwave T1 Trek
Mat - Thermarest, but I might need to reconsider, reading this!
Bag - Snugpack Softie, either autumn or winter, depending
Stove - a teeny wee Coleman one

with Corvine -

Tent - Black's Octane 3
Stove - Primus Gravity

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2010, 03:46:50 am »
Tent: Mega Light - Shelter - Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. Sometimes I bring the floor, sometimes I use a sheet of plastic. Very lightweight, but room to sit up, cook, hang laundry to dry, etc.

Mat: Therma Rest ProLite 3. Not as light as a foam pad, but more compact and more comfortable

Sleeping bag: Marmot Atom w/ silk liner. I have a Western Mountaineering down bag for somewhat colder temps (-10 degrees C), but the Atom is fine for the weather I encounter cycle touring. Silk liners are great, they add a bit of warmth and keep the bag clean.

Stove: Trangia 27-5 (non-stick pots and fry pan). White gas stoves are great for cold weather, but I like the sheer simplicity of an alcohol stove. I've used gas cartridge stoves, but finding the right cartridges can be a nuisance in some countries.

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2010, 06:47:24 am »
Old army basha
Goretex bivvy bag
Snugpak lightweight sleeping bag
Karrimat
Trangia mini.

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2010, 10:49:20 am »
Tent - Vango Phantom 150
Mat - thermarest full size
Bag - Mountain equip Dreamcatcher 500
Stove - Colemans lightweight petrol + Camping Gaz
Trailer - BoB Yak

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2010, 01:49:29 pm »
Terra Nova Explorer (travel light? pfeh!)
Snugpak 4-season / Highlander lightweight cheapie

...and then it lightens up as it shares with my walking gear:

Thermalite ultralite 3/4
Snow peak gigapower and ti cookset
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2010, 03:18:38 pm »
Tent: Terra Nova Laser Competition - Stupidly light, and I've replaced the supplied Titanium wire pegs with some sensible Ti pegs.  I also tend to carry a footprint for it, since even the material of the ground sheet feels like you could wear through it rubbing it between two fingers!
Mat: Thermarest Prolite 3 - Which is currently in the "to be repaired" pile since it's got a puncture.  I used my older Thermarest for the last couple of trips, but it's more than twice the size of the Prolite 3 one.
Sleeping Bag: The North Face Kilo (Long) for summer use.  It's rated as comfortable down to 4°C, and I tend to find it a bit too warm in the summer.  For cooler weather I've also got a cheap(ish) Technicals Catalyst 550, which is rated as comfortable down to -5°C, but is about twice the volume of the Kilo (both are down, you can't beat it for compressibility).
Stove: I can't remember what the brand is, but it's a gas stove with a cable to the cannister, which I find more stable than one's which use the cannister as part of their stand.  It also has an integrated Piezo lighter which saves faffing with matches (which I carry anyway, redundancy!)
Pillow: Ajungilak inflatable - fairly light and small, so only a tiny compromise on lightweightness.

I don't have a spork yet, but I have one on order.  If I'm lucky it'll arrive in the post tomorrow.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2010, 03:35:09 pm »
Tent: Hilleberg Akto
Sleeping Bag: PHD Minim 300, silk liner
Mat: TR Neoair short
Stove: Edelrid Opilio (remote canister gas), MSR Ti panset
Pillow: Exped inflatable

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[2017 update]
The mat has been swapped for a full length XTherm. The (original) Neoair was a bit marginal once it got down close to zero, and Neoairs are enough thicker than Prolite self-inflating mats that the drop off the end is less acceptable.
The pillow has been swapped for a Sea to Summit Aeros premium, after I popped the Exped by sitting half on it. I prefer the Aeros - it's got more face-comfortable material, and a modicum of insulation.

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2010, 04:11:56 pm »
Tent: Quechua Ultralight T2 Pro - light enough for me and not too coffin-like.
Mat: Thermarest Prolite 3
Bag: Snugpak Travelpak Lite (with a silk liner for added versatility)
Pillow: Snugpak Snuggy pillow
Stove: Trangia 25

and a [plastic] spork!

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #24 on: August 20, 2010, 10:34:43 pm »

Stove  - Lidl Trangia copy (I have a real trangia but it's getting too battered) cost ~ £7

whenabouts in the year do they have these on sale? they had a few camping odds and sods today but no stoves