What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring?

Choosing a tent for cycle touring is difficult, because there’s a heck of a lot of choice out there. Ultralight tents, freestanding tents, 3-season, 4-season, double wall, solo, with and without awnings – and at a whole range of prices from next to nothing up to hundreds of pounds or dollars.

It’s natural to look for other people’s recommendations when choosing a tent for cycle touring. But before you get bogged down with what other people think is best, here’s one important thing to remember:

The word ‘best’ only has meaning within the context of your bike trip.

  • Are you looking to spend a few hundred pounds on a tent for a huge transcontinental trip, or are you on a tiny budget for a few weeks of summer adventuring?
  • Are you riding as a couple who like plenty of living space, or as a minimalist solo rider?
  • Do you like nice campsites or wild camping in the woods?
  • Will it be warm climates only, or will all-season pitches be required?

There’s no ‘best’ until you know the answers to questions like these, and the answers will vary from person to person.

With all of that in mind, however, I’ve listed below a collection of frequently-recommended tents that covers lots of these bases.

We’ll start with low-budget solo tents for short and simple cycle touring, and work our way up to uber-tents for couples on a worldwide bike tour of many months or years.

(These are not the only tents that’ll do the job – I used a Vaude Hogan Ultralight tent for several years, for example, which is a long way from the most popular tent for cycle touring. They are, however, representative of what people are out there using successfully.)

Gelert Solo

If you’re riding alone, looking for a lightweight tent that can be pitched in temperate climates, and you’re not expecting much in the way of living space, the Gelert Solo tent is well worth a look, not least because you’ll be able to pick one up for well under £50. Coming highly rated by bushcrafters and hikers, it’s small, inconspicuous, waterproof and very lightweight.


Since Gelert’s acquisition by Sports Direct, they’ve become more difficult to find.  Check eBay* first, and also look at the Amazon* listing’s “Also Viewed” section for several identical tents with different logos on them.

Vango Banshee 200/300

Vango‘s Banshee 3-season tents are a step up in quality and features from their basic tents, come in a good shade of green for wild-camping and provide more living and storage space than the Gelert Solo while remaining on the lightweight and minimal side of things. Two- and three-person versions are available, the former ideal for a soloist and the latter for a couple.


The RRP is £130 / £150, but as usual you’ll be able to find them cheaper online from outlets such as Amazon (£87 £98*) or Go Outdoors (£75-99* / £119*).

REI Quarter Dome

If your tour is kicking off in the States and you’re looking to reduce your excess baggage fees when flying there, you’d do well to leave the camping gear at home and head to the nearest branch of REI after you arrive. This outdoor co-op manufactures a range of really well-rated gear and sells it without the third-party mark-up, so you get a lot for your money. Their Quarter Dome range, available in 1-, 2- and 3-person versions, was the most frequently-cited cycle touring tent from Stateside survey respondents, with the Half Dome range also mentioned as a lower-budget alterntive.


It’s available from REI.com* by mail-order for $299, or from any of their 132 retail stores in the USA.

MSR Hubba Hubba/HP

The 2-person MSR Hubba Hubba was the single most popular tent in my survey. Along with the rest of the Hubba range, it has now been replaced with the Hubba Hubba NX (significantly lighter and as-yet untested in the long term for durability). Damn.

However, the slightly more protective HP versions of MSR‘s back-country travel tents are still available and equally popular in Europe, coming in 1-, 2- and 3-person sizes. Expect them to last for years, with top-quality weatherproofing and ventilation, superb build quality, and super-easy pitching with a variety of pitching options for differing climates.


The RRP for the Hubba Hubba HP is £420 GBP – we’re into ‘serious’ tent-buying territory now. In the UK, you can get it from AllOutdoor.co.uk (the best price I could find by quite a margin). US-based readers should check out the very similar REI Quarter Dome (above) or Big Agnes’ Copper Spur tents.

Terra Nova Voyager

A British design that’s been doing the rounds for donkeys’ years, the freestanding classic Voyager is likely the most dependable long-term favourite among British world tourers, in part because Terra Nova don’t feel the need to change the design of or discontinue perfectly good tents at random (like certain other manufacturers seem to do), allowing the tent to build up a second-to-none reputation. Top-class construction, weatherproofing and liveability is the order of the day here. There’s an XL version with an extended porch if you’re after maximum living space.


They’re £400 direct from Terra Nova or via Amazon*.

Hilleberg Nallo 2/3/GT

The most lusted after (and expensive) tents for long-haul trips for which durability is the key consideration are undoubtedly those from Swedish tentmakers Hilleberg. They’re not the most lightweight, nor the best performers in hot climates, but they do have an unmatched reputation for quality and longevity. The Nallo 2 and its extended GT version came highly recommended for solo tourers, with the Nallo 3 GT representing the epitomé of luxury on-tour living for couples. Minimalists should check out the Akto if staking out is a reliable possibility, or the more versatile freestanding Unna if it isn’t.


In the UK, the Hilleberg range is available from many of the high-street chains, including Snow + Rock*, Ellis Brigham* and Cotswold Outdoor*, all of whom also sell the tents online. (They’re more difficult to find elsewhere online, and rarely discounted.)

In the USA, Moosejaw.com sell all of Hilleberg’s tents, including the Nallo 2* and Unna*.

Alternative Sleeping Systems

Tents aren’t your only option for outdoor slumber on tour. Bivvy bags, hammocks, or simply going to sleep outside (if it’s warm and dry) are entirely feasible alternatives. Check out my article on alternative sleeping systems here.

Which tent(s) have you successfully used on tour? Which would you most highly recommend to a friend planning a trip? Let us know in the comments.

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63 Responses to “What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring?”

  1. Ania

    MacPac Minaret. We did tones of bike touring with it and it was fantastic. The last one held well for 12 years now we’ve got a new one!

    • Tom Allen

      Thanks – this was a common recommendation from couples in NZ and Oz, as well as their Citadel.

      • Gordon

        Try the Macpac microlight as well. Just finished a couple of weeks round inner Hebrides. Mixture of sun and storms. Didn’t leak a drop. Great gear.

    • Olly Powell

      I have both a Macpac Mineret and a Tarptent DW moment. I love both of them. The Mineret is perfect for two, and sometimes I take it on solo tours, but at 3.2kg (15 years old and still bomb proof), it borders on extravagant. The tarptent, is half the weight, and super simple to put up, freestanding, and brilliantly ventilated. But I’m not sold on the tricky sideways entry in pouring rain, and the small head space when lying down (I am 6’3″). So I think my dream tent would be a blend of the two. Mineret for the front entry, Tarptent internal battens in a triangle on the back end. Of course there is also the Tarptent double-moment (slightly bigger), if I had to chose just one more tent, that would be it.

  2. oneman onebike

    I used the Terra Nova Voyager XL 2 on a recent tour of Europe. It lasted about a week and the tents poles broke in a mild storm. Customer service didnt answer my emails, and I thought the service was shocking. It’s a shame because it seems they make really good tents, but I got a duff one. That is when customer service is important. Sadly they are infamous for poor service. Ended up buying a generic tent for a quarter of the price and it served me well.

  3. Geoff Harpee

    I just picked up a Hilleberg Unna – will be testing on my next trip.

  4. Oliver

    Nice compilation Tom! I would vote for the Gelert Solo actually. I have been looking around for an affordable lightweight tent before hitting the road for a month and have been quite happy with the choice. I didn’t encounter any harsh conditions though, but it seems to be a fairly durable tent indeed.

  5. Jeff Bartlett

    I have spent years in my Nallo 3Gt and I’ll likely have it on my rear rack the next time I hit the open road for an extended period of time; however, I have recently switched over to a bivy sack for overnight to weeklong trips. Its the best way to set up and take down camp in a hurry, which is essential when free camping where maybe you shouldn’t be!

  6. Owen

    Everyone knows your confessed love for the discontinued Hubba Hubba, but you used the 1 man version for your American trip right – so why do you recommend the bigger/heavier version?

    I’ve just got a Seedhouse SL1 for £100, cheap price but it doesn’t have the split pole design of the SL2 (or indeed the Hubba range). So it’s freestanding ability is a little flawed.

    • Tom Allen

      These aren’t personal recommendations, they’re my interpretations of the results of an extensive survey. Most solo tourers seem to prefer 2-person tents for the extra living space. Personally, I’m happy with a minimal 1-person tent nowadays, but that’s just my preference.

    • Adrian Rees

      Love my Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1. Has coped with some “character building” weather so far despite only being a 3 season tent, packs down nice’n’small and is a smidge over a kilo (some stripped down variations go lighter). Not sure what you mean by no ‘split pole’ – d’you mean the sort of Y-shape arrangement? If so, mine does have that, perhaps there are older versions which don’t?

  7. Noel O'Connell

    I’ve just found this website and I am glued to it!
    A lot of what it have read so far, and the ‘just do it’ attitude is truly inspiring.
    Most of what I have read online seems to involve a lot of overthinking and overanalysing so this approach is extremely refreshing. Keep up the good work.

  8. Alex

    Very happy to recommend the Tarptent Scarp 1. Kept me very comfortable for 15 months across Asia. It’s amazingly spacious for a one man with two porches and lofty head room (even for me at 6′ 2″ and a bit). Goes up in a flash, pitches taught, you can choose a mesh or solid inner and it all weighs just 1.35kg. Seems to balance quality, space and weight perfectly and what’s more you don’t have to take out a mortgage to get one.

  9. Pete

    Got to be freestanding! I have a Coleman Boa, freestanding and long with 233 cm inner..
    I remember once I put it up on a concrete surface under a roof near a footballfield in France. It was raining very, very hard. It was great to find this spot and then just put it up there. This could not have worked with a non freestanding tent.
    I like tents, I tried a hammock as well , nice, but only if the weather is good. Reason I like a tent is spiders, snakes and dogs. And musquitoes of course!

  10. Steve

    Another thumbs up for the Gelert Solo. Used it mainly for lightweight “bike-packing” and 1.5kg weight and squat pack size make it perfect. For longer tours, I highly recommend the “Wild Country Aspect 1” . It’s a pitch with outer, two hoop tunell tent at 1.9kg. It’s quite tall (but very stable), and makes for an “airy” camp if sitting down, plenty of headroom for moving about. The USP clincher for me is that the whole side zips open, and you can attach to nearby bike for a tarp-like big awning for cooking, lazing about. Also sleeping with the side open gives a nice panoramic view through the upper mesh of the side. Being Wild Country (a branch of Terra Nova), the quality is exceptional, and all for about £90 or less if you shop about. Can’t fault it, and for me the perfect solo touring tent. Think they are discontinuing them soon (and can’t find anything similar), so snap any residual stock for a bargain.

  11. Carl

    Having used the banshee 200 over the past few years and find this is more a 1 man tent with a bit of added room, used in all weathers have found it to be a fantastic tent, during the summer I generally take a bivy bag for short 1 / 2 night’s even if a spot of rain is expected, makes it easier for wild camping.

  12. Ray

    Can I just cast another vote for the humble, inexpensive and very compact Gelert Solo. But I’d like to make it clear to all – you won’t be holding a disco or having your mates round for a brew. It’s a low, narrow sleeping space ……. Which is all I personally feel I need on bike trips. Getting dressed inside requires agility, organisation and telescopic legs would be an advantage. Brilliant value though, and tucks away small. Perfectly good waterproofing too.

  13. Shaun

    I’ve a somewhat spacious Vango Tempest 300 which is technically a 3 person tent but the pack size is a reasonable 46x16cm and 3.35kg and that fits in a pannier. It’s a bit big for solo use though you can get all your bags inside and if you remove the wheels, your bike even fits in the porch.

    Having just carted it around the Pennines for the best part of a week though, I’m tempted with the smaller Zenith 100 or Blade 100, halving the weight and reducing the pack size (Zenith is 35×13!).

    The Gelert Solo might have been possibly discontinued but there seems to be a few clones of it about on Amazon such as ‘Highlander Blackthorn 1’ and ‘Charlies Outdoor Leisure Beris 1 Man Camping Tent’ for sub 30 quid. I’d rather have a bit more space, especially for stashing away kit, so your panniers don’t go walkies in the night.

    • Shaun

      I picked up a Blade 100 for about £50 after a price match+discount in April and used it for a 23 day tour through France & Spain. It’s quite roomy for a 1 person tent but don’t pack it too full as the gap between the inner and fly isn’t great. You can get your pannier bags inside alongside your sleeping bag and 1 or 2 in the porch.

      The single pole gets in the way a bit at the door and if your pitch isn’t perfect bends into an S. It’s inner first which some people dislike (I don’t mind). But, another good cheap, light (1.75kg) tent from Vango.

  14. Karen Ellis

    Have finally managed to try out our Dragonfly 3XT with my husband. We really like the quick pitch and robust shape. Lots of room for storing panniers in the porch area, and plenty long enough for a tall man in the tent. For solo touring my husband tends to take a Quecha 2 man, much cheaper though not such a strong tent.

  15. Jana Henderson

    I’ve just bought a 2pax, forest-green MSR HubbaHubba HP. I believe this particular range has been discontinued but I was lucky enough to come across one in a store here in Dublin, Éire. The name of the store is Great Outdoors, the tent cost e499.00, they ship internationally, and I think they have a couple left. I believe the footprint will be an extra e50 when they get them in next January. Happy hunting.

    • Tom Allen

      The Hubba HP range is still shipping in Europe, AFAIK. I’d cut a cheap plastic tarp to size rather than waste money on an expensive footprint…

      • Pet

        There are a few similar models

        The ‘Blow ‘by Hannah, a czech company
        The ‘Tordis’ by Ford Nansen, a polish company.

        Nice green colours too, better then the Hubba, a bit too light. IMHO!

      • Jana Henderson

        Excellent idea. Must give that a try.

  16. Pet

    Personnally I think the Micra by Salewa is impressive. Freestanding! Sturdy! small footprint! Steep walls! Green ( the older models are darkgreen.. ) Inner only possiblity!
    Some people might argue that 2.3 kg is too heavy, But I think, if you ‘ re cycling it is not extreme, for one kilo less you might find something that is very flimsy ” fashion before function”.
    I like to think that you get a lot more Reliablity for the extra 500 gram.

  17. Steve M

    Backpacking Light Uk sell a budget version of the Hubba Hubba called the Luxe Habitat – not tried it myself but it looks pretty good – pitching video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAn967N5reA&list=UUGdXKgAS4MDFHO-O71E8C9g

  18. ralph r

    Used the Wild Country Zephyros 1 last May for a east coast ride of 4 days, very light & plenty of room for panniers. A really great tent.

  19. tommaso

    I use a very cheap gelert scout, 1,750 Kg, for 2people, but better for just one. Is goof for summer, letting the door open a little. With cold weather some moisture in the morning, never used in stormy weather or very fast wind. Very good for £ 15, but not for every kind of journey

  20. Racheal Morgan

    Great article: looking at several of the cheaper tents now. I am doing a bike trip around Europe and want the best bang for my buck. Doesn’t everyone?

  21. John Turnbull

    What I’ve seen so far looks very inspiring, have purchased the E-book and look forward to reading it. Keep up the great work and stay safe.

  22. Wayne Hare

    Have you tried or even heard of the Black Diamond Mega Mid Lite? It’s a HUGE 4-person, center pole tent made of parachute material, so it stuffs down to about the size of a softball on steroids. Probably weighs about 2 and a half pounds. It has no floor, so not great in areas with snakes and creepy crawly things. If it is set up really taut, it sheds water well. I’ve used it in winter conditions and actually even built a small fire inside. It stand probably 5 and a half feet, so you can sort of stand up to pull on your pants. If creepy-crawlies are an issue – and most of my camping and touring is in the desert southwest of the U.S. where ants, spiders, scorpions and an occasional snake are issues – you can purchase the Bug Mid which is netting and integrated floor. The Mega Mid then just drapes over that. Total weight with floor and tent is 5 pounds, 10 ounces. The tent has a HUGE front opening that really lets the outdoors in. If you go with the no floor version, the tent pulls down to within about 3 inches of the ground. I don’t know why, but in my experience with this tent, mosquitoes never, ever fly in under the tent walls. I’m old and travel with a light weight backpacking chair which I can easily set up inside the tent. Personally I think that this is the best all round tent for most applications.

  23. Wayne Hare

    Damned cool, inspiring site, by the way. A friend just introduced me to it last night.

  24. Andy Pettitt

    I am a huge fan of my Terra Nova Solar, which has travelled the world with me over the years, on the back of my motorbike and bicycle.A bit pricey but well made, its a roomy one person tent ( you can store your panniers inside), or a cosy 2 person tent with your luggage in the porch.

  25. Gayle & John

    Have been n the road for more than 2 and a half years now (so far have cycled Norway to Taiwan). We’re using the Hilleburg Nallo 3 GT which we highly recommend for couples on long-time cycling trips. It’s not perfect but having slept in it on this journey for more than 500 nights including in Mongolia, China, Pamir Highway we really can’t complain about it. In seriously high winds and prolonged rain it’s been fine. Yes, it’s expensive but on this journey it’s our home. I think there are few tents out there that would be so reliable over such a long time period. However, if your trip is just for a few months then it’s probably not worth forking out so much.

  26. AdamJackson

    During summers 2013, I attended my first cycling tour, and guess what; I changed three tents in just 24 days. It was my first trip I had no idea and just fell for reviews. But, I have to admit that the search ended with TLDR. It’s a genuine dome that is durable and waterproof and it’s very light. Even a couple of hundred grams weighs more when you are on a one month hiking and camping trip.

  27. Tom Gaughan

    Superb article Tom , I use a Force Ten , Argon 200 for my present tour. Very lightweight and spacious, good in the wind too !

  28. m

    I have had this tent the terra nova voyager for just under a year now mostly took out out in fair weather I decided to camp on top of Pen-y-fan 11/04/15 the wind condition’s were moderate to strong at the time’s but with this being rated a 4 season tent I was confident it would withstand the weather being thrown at it , but boy was I wrong the arch pole over the door kept being blown back onto the tent and me inside all night despite being pitched correctly the result in the morning was a broken pole and where the red pole sit’s over the two blue horizontal poles it had rubbed holes in both pole sleeves and the stitching inside was tearing through the inner tent where the pole sleeves attach, now I cannot insert the poles through the sleeves without them coming through the holes . I contacted terra nova about this they were useless after many emails and pictures of the damage were sent I had to send it off to them, 2 weeks for them to look at it and after they make a dissension another 2-3 weeks for them to repair it at my expense when it is clearly a design fault as there is no reinforcement protection where the poles overlap on the front of the tent but there is protection on the rear. Truly disappointed in there poor customer service I expected more form a British company I have lost faith in there product’s and will buy a Hilleberg for a better experience .

  29. CAAD8 Tourer

    I travel with success with Topeak BikCamper, 3 seasons only I would say not really suitable for winter.


  30. Dmitry

    I’m using this one Tramp Sputnik (around 1 kilogram)

    Definitely not the best choice: in a one layer tent all things are wet after the night.

  31. Pet

    I v got the Coleman Celsius Compact. Fantastic simplicity, One entrance, on the long side, and easy in and out.
    Very good ventilation, accessable from inside, and the colour is a decent brown and green. Freestanding , a must I think.

  32. StuartG

    Stumbled on the website, great article.

    Is use the terra nova tourer deluxe for touring. Comes in at around 2.5kg and is a massive 2 man tent, with a porch area. It’s an excellent tent, but too big for single expeditions.

    For solo efforts I have reverted to the terra nova Jupiter bivvy and a tarp. This is a new set up, so it will take me a bit of time to fully appreciate it.

  33. Todd

    I am a big fan of the good old tarp. I have a 10×12 Cuben fiber tarp that weighs around 16oz. TONS of room and more airy and roomy.

    • Wayne Hare

      I’m probably not going with a tarp, although it recommended by many experienced light-weight affiicionados. But I am curious: What is your preferred method for setting it up, and what to you do about mosquitoes? Thanks.

  34. Raim

    Terra Nova Photon Laser Elite on a 72 day tour round France plus a tour of Northern Spain. Very light at under a kilo and compact for sticking in a pannier bag. Like others I’m very unimpressed by TNs non response to an email I sent seeking advice on a repair issue. The tent served me well . For me weight is an issue especially in hilly regions.

    • Tom Allen

      Yes – Terra Nova haven’t responded to any of the emails I’ve sent them over the years with various enquiries. Seems they make good tents but aren’t particularly interested in the people who buy them…

  35. John

    The Gelert Solo tent is available in Europe under the name Highlander Blackthorn 1 for about €40 from Amazon. Mine will be here in a few days. Thanks for the great post!

  36. Simon

    I’ve got the Terra Nova Voyager too, it’s a great tent for bike camping tours. I bought it after following a discussion thread on http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=36510 about what tents to buy. Made a great choice, if anyone else is looking then this comes recommended. One of my buddie has the Hilleberg Nallo and he’s pleased with that so also worth considering.

  37. Heike

    Hi Tom,
    my favourite is the Hilleberg Soulo. I am using it now for an entire year and never had any problems with it. It has the perfect size, easy to pitch and enough space for all panniers. I am 172cm.
    Yes it is expensive but no regrets – I love it.
    Greetings Heike

  38. Dhruv

    Hi tom, great website, rich with relevant information. I begin a transcontinental tour from Alaska in June. I am using the hilleberg Allak. It’s a roomy 2 man tent at 5 lbs and looks solid. Do you have any record of experiences with it? I tested it in the Himalayas in snow and at -15 c. It was really comfortable. The zips worry me though.

  39. brendan

    HiI, we did our first cycle tour in 1992 through Europe and used a Vaude three person tent. It weighed about 2.8kg. I still have it and still use it .I have had the seams resealed by a parachute maker here in Australia and have found its internal inner hanging system unbelievable. The best tent I have ever used for hiking or biking

  40. phil binns

    Hi, i have been using a banshee 200 for the last 3 years as a one person tent. Bought on price match from Go-outdoors. Original one a seam on the inner parted on first outing & shop replaced (was not actually a big problem) since then i have used the tent for well over 100 nights in Scotland, England, Germany & a trip all the way down the Rhine. Seen some real bad all season weather & its held up & stayed dry. It has been a good performer & is very well suited to wild camping especially if you leave the panniers on the bike & use a cheap plastic groundsheet as a footprint. Now has a very minor seam leak – I have internet ordered some sealant that i hope will sort this out. For the price it is excellent value if I throw it away & buy another one tomorrow I will still have spent less money than on some other tents & also will have worried less about how much i spent on kit. I am sure there are other good there but the banshee is a very good low cost buy. It is not free standing but i see very few situations were I need this.

  41. Yan stam

    I have a vaude hogan ultra light. Its great for wild camping very quick to set up . Cycled cape york in Australia and could not leave the tent up in the the afternoon sun the poles break from the heat and the tension on the two shorter ons. Back in NZ the repaired them. Then i cycled from the Netherlands to Indonesia bringing repair kit for tent plus spare parts of pole plus sleeves. The poles are just to light or thin. Have to look ad something els #(:

  42. Ge

    Hello Tom, thank you for the guide and recommendations! We (my boyfriend and I) are setting off to Australia from Barcelona in December, going through the Balcans, Turkey, Iran, China, Thailand etc and would like to know what your opinion is on the MSR Hubba Hubba nx3? We are planning to camp all the way, although not sure if it will be ok in SE Asia yet but anyway.. Would this tent be good in case of cold nights and also good for hot climates?
    By they way I would like to comment on the Vango Banshee 300. We used this tent on our tour from Edinburgh to Barcelona(Via Holland, Belgium, France) and unfortunately after a month the tent poles started to crack. We did tape them along the way but it was really frustrating to set the tent up in a decent shape. Also the button to hold the tent doors rolled up came off pretty soon but we stitch that with no problems afterwards. The waterproof of the tent is very very good luckily! Also shape and color are great. This is our feedback so we wouldn’t rely on it for a long term use. I’m sure for short trips is great, or maybe we have just been unlucky.

    • Tom Allen

      The Hubba range is very good all-round. If there’s two of you I’d definitely look at the Mutha Hubba (3-berth) – I’ve been using it with my other half since 2010 and we really appreciate a little extra space to unpack and make it more homely. I’ve heard only good reports about the updated NX version of the tents. HTH!

  43. Terry McGeary

    Great reviews thanks. I have used my Vango Blade 2 a few times. Long metal pole front to back. Loads of room for one with panniers. Inner up first but I have no experience otherwise. As someone else commented, their is not a lot of room between the inner and outer, and I too dislike the awkwardness of the pole even though you can unzip to go past it left or right. Did the job but had to be a strap-on-top of panniers job partly due to poles. Gelert solo tents are rare as hens’ teeth. The Banshee 200 is looking good to me!

    • Steve

      The Solo one is sometimes sold under the Highlander brand. I also highly recommend the Wild Country Zephyros 1 (a 1.4kg Hilleburg Atko copy for <£100) and my fave, the Wild Country Aspect one for a good spacious 1 man 1.9kg tent.

  44. Alex tracey

    Hi tom,

    How much time did you spend in your tent on your janapar expedition? How important is Living space on such a long journey?

    I am setting off soon for a few years and can’t decide on how big a tent I want.

    • Tom Allen

      As a beginner I found having a bit of living space was nice in the long run. A 2-berth tent suited me fine. Nowadays I’m happy with a 1-berth tent or just bivvying without a tent at all, but it took a few years to get to that point.

  45. Struan

    I’ve used a Hillberg Akto for several years whilst cycling & hill walking. It’s absolutely bomb proof & easy to put up that I find is great when conditions are bad & you need to get your tent up quickly. My version is quite old now as I inherited it from s friend when he bought a new tent. The only downside is it’s size & weight when compared to modern compact & lightweight tents on the market. But the benefits hugely outweigh these downsides.
    Great article as always from Tom, my go to site on bikes & bike equipment.


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