Hi...newbie here,have been a browser for a while and have enjoyed the banter and picked up a good few tips.
Anyway today I bought a Saunders GC2 ..2 person tent from one of the local free ads,realised that it was an older model but gave it a thorough check and can't believe the condition its in,practically new.The guy was selling it on behalf of his daughter who had bought it new a good few years ago...I have bought it for my son as his existing tent is really a bit to heavy for backpacking...the guy let me have it for £35.I have pitched it in the garden today and it looks the biz.....any comments on this model????
why not post some pics??
oh, and hi and welcome
The only reason I replaced my original Spacepacker after ~8 years was some toerag stole it in a burglary. It's replacement is still doing good service over a decade later. But the GC2 is a new one on me...
andrew sweetman wrote (see)
If my memory is correct, the GC2 was like a slightly larger jetpacker, but with 2 upright poles at the front
A friend of mine had A GC2 back in the mid 80's. A great tent - I think his was tan coloured. Back then the Jetpacker didn't exist, but there was a similar model called the Backpacker. Another friend had one of those. In fact RS made the tents of choice back then, with Ultimate.
I think RS still make brilliant tents even today not over engineered just light and well made. Clearly they have passed the test of time too!!
Hearing about the Backpacker GC2 is a trip down memory lane for me. We purchased a couple around the start of the 80s for my scout group to use for D of E groups.
Fantastic light and robust tents. Two front poles and one small one at the back. Just enough room for two with gear in the porch. A bit like sleeping in a wedge of cheese really.
Worked really well in all conditions and drew admiring glances from other scout groups still using Vango Force 10s etc. So much so that some heartless villains stole them when they were pitched and left unattended!
I reckon you got a great bargain and your son now has a great tent.
Matt C wrote (see)
Aye, my first tent was a Saunders Backpacker II
Same here Matt! Back in 1979 followed a few years later by the Ultimate Tramp.
Here's is a GC2 or similar Saunders model in 1985 - it was a few years old by then.
The other tent in the pic is my Phoenix Phreak.
I've still got my Saunders Satellite !!
Brilliant tents !!
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