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jogler

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2010, 02:29:37 pm »
Tent Vaude MKII Light
Mat Thermarest 3/4
Bag deuter TrekLite 350
Stove choice or Whisperlite or Camping Gaz

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2010, 02:47:02 pm »
Tent Quechua Ultralight T3 Pro for dry conditions or Vango Equinox 250 when its likely to rain.
Mat Alpkit regular Airic
Bag Vango Ultralight 400
Stove Trangia 25-1 UL

gordon taylor

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2010, 04:30:04 pm »

Tent Vango Spirit 200+
Mat Thermarest
Bag Alpkit down
Stove MSR Pocket Rocket (gas)

I like all my kit  :thumbsup:

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2010, 09:48:00 pm »
Tent: Coleman Coastline 2
Mats: Gelert 3/4
Bag: Eurohike 200
Stoves: Coleman F1
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2010, 10:08:48 am »
Tent - TN Laser Competition
Sleeping bag - Rab Summit 300
Mat - Thermarest Prolite Regular
Stove - MSR Whisperlite

Pretty happy with it all, though wouldn't mind a stove that's slightly easier to simmer with.

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2010, 12:38:53 pm »
Tent - TN Laser Competition
Sleeping bag - Rab Summit 300
Mat - Thermarest Prolite Regular
Stove - MSR Whisperlite

Pretty happy with it all, though wouldn't mind a stove that's slightly easier to simmer with.

If you like coleman fuel and/or MSR stuff, the Dragonfly and the Simmerlite will both simmer. The Dragonfly simmers very well, and the simmer control helps with re-lighting a warm stove. It's quite loud, though, and heavier and more expensive than the other MSR stoves. I've never tried (or seen) a Simmerlite.

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2010, 02:19:48 pm »
My Coleman stove simmers fine (I cooked quite a few meals on it last week to practice) but it is a bit scary on lighting up and needs frequent pumping if run near full power.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2010, 07:43:50 pm »
Tent: North Face Roadrunner 22 9/10
Matt: Thermarest standard - about 15 years old.
Sleeping bag: Down prototype made when I worked for Field and Trek 25 years ago. 9/10
Stove: Trangia (small) 10/10

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2010, 08:43:20 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

I only ever saw them a couple of times, 3 or 4 years ago.
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The Mechanic

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #34 on: August 27, 2010, 08:16:46 am »
Tent: Wild Country duolite Tourer

er... that's it.  Just bought it a couple of weeks ago as I am hoping to get into camping at audaxes and a bit of touring.  Still need to get the rest of the stuff necessary but may wait for Santa.

I was thinking of a Vango Venom 300 bag, anyone used one of these?

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2010, 09:44:23 am »
Tent: Terra Nova Laser. Very light and kept me dry in some torrential rainstorms.
Mat: 'Moorhead' self-inflater - bought in a Hamburg department store last month to replace a leaky old thermarest.
Sleeping bag: Snugpak Softie 3 merlin. Packs down very small and is just about warm enough for the worst of an average Northern European summer.
[Stove: I have a tiny gadget which screws into a butane cylinder but scarcely ever use it.]
Also: Lifeventure knife/fork/spoon set

That was what I took with me for my 2-month tour in Belgium, France and Germany. I might take other gear from my vast collection of tents, mats and sleeping bags for other destinations and times of year.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #36 on: September 05, 2010, 09:03:12 pm »
Tent - T2 Ultralight Pro. Bought in a Decathlon sale for 40 or 50 quid. Can probably buy a better tent but I can't imagine getting anything much better value. Had three weeks touring on the continent in summer, sunshine - plenty of ventilation never got too hot, rain - sturdy and well put together everything nice and dry, all sorts and can't find a fault with it.

Sleeping bag - Random Blacks mummy in a sale for about 25 quid. Only thing unusual is that I bought an XXXL size. It's big, I mean really big, enough for someone 6' 8" and 30 stone, so me at 5' 11" and 14 stone fair rattled about in it. Makes it a bit bulky but even zipped up there's room to move about in your sleep, I seem to do a lot of that and this thing alleviated all my night troubles. On holiday when it got warm the whole thing unzips to make a nice comfy duvet. Very pleased with it

Mat - Exped synmat, the dearer one with built in pump. Awesome, narrow but on the whole almost as comfy as my bed at home. Good job really because it cost almost as much as my bed at home.

Stove - Coleman dual fuel. Took it on a weekend's test camping trip before the hols and decided it's too heavy to be practical for one man touring so went away in the summer with nothing. Right decision.
  

Speshact

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2010, 09:14:30 pm »
Tent - Lidl two-person 2.5kg £30ish
Mat - Thermarest full length
Sleeping bag - a summer or a winter option. Neither very light weight (ancient).
Stove - Trangia (£20 in sale) or Camping Gaz (ancient)
Coffee cup etc. (as of yesterday) - Keep Cup £3.95 from Scandinavian Kitchen in Little Tichfield Street including a coffee! I'll never need a disposable coffee cup again (until I lose the Keep Cup!).
Cutlery - Spork and swiss army penknife

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #38 on: September 05, 2010, 09:35:14 pm »
Currently:

Tent: Vaude Hogan (2-man job, but plenty roomy, when I've taken it on my own to backpackers' sites it has seemed a palace by comparison with the single-man coffins carried by solo backpackers).
Sleeping bag: Snugpak softie kilo.
Sleeping mat: Thermarest Neoair 3/4.

In future:

Tent: Hilleberg Akto
Sleeping bag: Snugpak softie kilo
Mat: Exped Downmat Synth.  I haven't tried it mysel yet, though Sleepy seemed to approve when I lent him it at the Snow Roads.  I'll probably keep using the Thermarest through the summer.

Wowbagger

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Bike camping kit
« Reply #39 on: September 08, 2010, 03:54:49 pm »
Vango Spirit 200+. Vango 300 down bag. Exped downmat. Coleman gas stove with MSR pans. Will prob get some Trangia stuff at some stage.
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GrahamG

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2010, 11:58:02 am »
As I tend to tour only with the lady...

Tent: MSR Mutha Hubba HP (bought in Germany after Vango spirit 200+ only managed 6 weeks of touring before failing spectacularly)
Sleeping bags: Alpkit down
Mats: Exped synmat &, jealously until more money is made available, cheap Thermarest copy (Kathmandu). Also a pair of cheap Outland self inflating pillows - luxury!
Stoves: Bushbuddy and Mini trangia
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2010, 10:34:03 pm »
Tent:  Octane 2
Sleeping Bags:  Snugpack something, but soon to be an Alpkit 800
Stove:  Snowpeak Giga Power
Pans:  Titanium
Mat:  Thermarest Prolight 3
......and a green spork

Oaky

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2010, 06:13:23 pm »
Tent: Vango Hydra 200.  (Approx 13-15 years old).  3kg
Mat: old thermarest classic, 3/4 length 730g
Sleeping bag(s): one cheap 1-season bag, packs small weighs 650g.  One huge, heavy Eurohike Adventure 3 bag (fills one pannier, weight 2kg).
Stove: Trangia.  25 or 27 depending whether I'm catering for anyone else or not.

The tent is relatively heavy, and doesn't pack up particularly small, but I'm very fond of it - it's quick and easy to pitch, nice and warm in the cold, doesn't get to much condensation and is very roomy for one and adequate for 2.  Unlike the newer versions of the Hydra, it pitches inner first, which could be an issue in the rain, but thankfully I've never had issues.

Both sleeping bags (and an additional thermarest) were used on the "freeze your bits off" camping.  In the interests of travelling a bit lighter and a lot snaller, I've just ordered a Snugpak Softie Merlin 3 to replace the Eurohike bag.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #43 on: September 25, 2010, 10:34:00 am »
Tent: Vango banshee 200.
Mat: cheapie eurohike 3/4.
Bag: either karrimor 3 season thing (ex demo £5) or vintage top half down bottom half synthetic thing with nametape sewn in as I've had it since I was 13. It's warmer than the 3yr old karrimor.
Stove: don't bother usually. Not doing tea or coffee I'm not bothered enough if there's only me.
En famille huge 12 man vango plus coleman stove, and a trailer.
With him, his tent and stove. We don't like each other enough to share mats and bags.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #44 on: October 03, 2010, 06:25:57 pm »
Tent - Saunders Spacepacker Plus. Supposedly a two man tent but, being tall I sleep diagonally in it. Loads of space for panniers and being able to open both ends means ventilation is a breeze. Very useful in hot climates or after a night on the beer. I bought the two man size as, sooner or later, you end up spending 24 hours in a tent and I wanted somewhere I could stretch out in. Not great in high winds though, flaps a bit and it blew flat once, although I hadn't pegged it down well.

Mat - Thermarest Prolite Plus. Blow this up quite firm and I get a good nights sleep on it.

Bag 1 - Mountain Equipment Dreamcatcher. Very good and thought out bag. The baffling and articulation of it means a great sleep.
Bag 2 - cheapo one from GoOutdoors (£4/5) for when I go to the South of France. Does a job, but only above 10 C.

Stove - Lidl copy of a Trangia (£7). Very good, although I use different pans to what came with the set. Like Trangias takes a while to boil water, but as soon as I arrive at a site I put the stove on, and by the time the tent is up the water is boiling. You can also carry a lot of fuel in a bottle cage.
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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2011, 09:14:30 pm »
Tent: VauDe Mark ll Light; I searched for ages to find the perfect tent for me, I feel a bit claustrophobic in a smaller tent. One big advantage with this is that me and my recumbent trike fit in together if security is an issue. I got it cheap as well thanks to a dozy assistant at Blacks!

Bag: Alpkit Skyehigh 600, it's a bit warm and bulky but they were out of Pipedreams when I bought it.

Mat: Either an old Thermarest or Alpkit Airic. However, I don't find either of them that comfy so an Exped Synmat DLX is on my list for this year, providing I can sneak it under the radar if you know what I mean.

Stove: For donkeys years I used gas quite happily but dispassionately. Then I discovered Trangia. I adore my 27, I even made a pot cosy for it. And my kids won't eat porridge unless I've cooked it on the Trangia!

marcusjb

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Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #46 on: February 10, 2011, 09:08:55 am »
Tent - me solo I use my Mountain Hardwear Helion 2, when it's the two of us, a North Face Fortress 23 - both great tents for different reasons.  The Helion is very light weight and very strong indeed.  The North Face is heavy, but is plenty huge enough with plenty of storage and spcae in the lobby.

Bag - Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 - very light, 2 season bag - I want something a bit warmer, so I can camp earlier in the year - but not got the money at the moment!

Mat - Thermarest - can't remember which one, but it's done plenty of trips without any troubles at all.

Stove - Primus Gravity 2 multifuel - works well (though I tend to use canisters only on it) in all conditions, like most stoves of this sort, it doesn't do simmer that well - but it'll boil a pan of water sharpish.


Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2011, 08:47:49 pm »
So, my cheap as chips foray into the camping world continues with the advice of you lot. Got the tent, roll (should be thermarest) trangia, kfs, spork, camping knife (don't get me arrested) and now turning to sleeping bag and should i renovate galaxy or buy trekking bike... mmmm) Couple of good wild camping vids out there and Gordy's ireland report was ace especially the sensible stuff bout folding stainless trowels and underwear.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

gordon taylor

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2011, 09:15:14 pm »
and Gordy's ireland report was ace especially the sensible stuff bout folding stainless trowels and underwear.

Ah yes. Stuff the panoramic views, the psychological challenge, the campfire bonhomie and navigating by the sun and moon.... lets talk about crapping and boils.

 ::-)   ;D ;D ;D

Re: Your bike camping kit
« Reply #49 on: February 15, 2011, 09:22:53 pm »
hoot made me laugh. I do however take Brooks bum seriously. Not to mention baskets.........and nine quid to get clean and dry just tells me the bankers are not alone.....
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain