wanted for D of E expeds
Has anyone got any ideas of what I can buy as a cheap two man hiking tent for my son's D of E expeditions? Something like the famous (original) Argos / Pro Action tent would probably be ideal, in a two man version. I've got a couple of the Argos 1 man tents, but they want a two man tent instead.
Basically, the tent need to be easy to put up, light enough for two lads (14-16) to carry for a 4 day exped), bomb proof enough to survive being used by a boy who regards a club hammer as an appropriate tool for putting tents up. And cheap enough so that I'll be able to sleep when he's away with it, definitely under £100 and preferably under £50.
Unfortunately, I don't know this cheaper end of the market at all. My hiking tents are both Hillebergs (and I'm trying hard not to justify buying another).
There is no way on earth I will lend him my Hillebergs - I still break out in a sweat when I think of a few years ago when I came home to find them both put up in the garden and being used for a game of cowboys and indians (or something, but it needed two tents put up for). Luckily I got away with just two totalled tent pegs then - thanks to banging them in with a club hammer he had borrowed from my tool kit.
Hi Paul how about £35 and 2.8kg?
I own the older,lighter version of this which has served me well,
/forum/smilies/nerd_smiley.gif[/img]Camping+and+caravanning|12108129/c_3/3|cat_12108129|Tents|12108132.htm]cheap as chips tent
for £20 must be worth a look?
4 days exped....what level DoE they doing? Like bronze (14 plus) is 2 day, Silver 3 day and gold 4 day......?
Actually this is a bit of forward planning on my part. My son is doing bronze (2 day), but is keen to carry on to do his gold, which is the 4 day exped. My younger son is already saying he wants to do D of E too, so I expect the tent will get quite a bit of use.
Thinking about it, given his size - 5'9" and growing rapidly and the team member he is sharing with (about 6'2"), I think I might well go for a 3 man tent. Personally, I prefer a 3 man for two people (unless, of course, you want to cuddle up to the other person...).
Looking around, the Spectre looked a good option, but the entrance is on one side, which I think will be a bit awkward. The Tempest, however, looks a very good option. The 200 can be had cheap as chips if you don't mind 2008 model in "vivid blue". Being a paid up member of the green tents only group, and wanting the 300 version, I'm looking at the 2009 model in pine and black (green and black to those of us that use proper colour names). Quick look around shows I can pick one up for under £100 with a weight of 3.2kg (v 2.55kg for the 200). The larger headroom may also be a very useful addition compared to the 200 (110cm v 85cm according to Vango).
The other option would be to look into Decathlon. I've seen a few people on the continent use their 2 sec tent for hiking (it looks a bit weird strapped to the back), but would it survive a Gold exped on moorland/mountain terrain? I think a trip to Decathlon tomorrow is in order, before I decide.
I wouldnt go to far with the gear if they are only at Bronze.....
They'll trash it (they will...honest)...or their mates will when they fall on it/out of it/into it
They'll grow...and then want ultralight
They'll grow...then discover girls (or boys, to be inclusive....
They'll decide they want to do a water based exped
I'd get them a real cheapy for Bronze....almost disposable...then see how it goes.
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