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Whats wrong with USA sold tents?

Firstly there is no Awarding of the Best in class tents for anyone group including the American rider. Not just a reader review or a Magazine/online review but a award to promote a better tent and camping gear for MC'ers.

What makes the best tent? Four primary areas make a good tent. Easy to set up in any weather. Waterproof in heavy rain. Lightweight/packable for 2-3 three people. Comfort. 3 season, MC snow camping? I don't thing so. MC storage area, not needed.

Easy to set up in any weather. Forget about a tunnel tent, you need to stake them down and not the best in strong winds. But I'll show in the video what one should look like. It has three great features, poles on the outside, double walled all the way, a porch area to cook of sit in during bad weather. THe porch area also just keeps the rain out. THis tent would work for 1-2 person even though it's for 3, with gear drying out its one or two. You'll notice with this tent it is rated to 3000mm water most us tents you find will be in the 1000mm area. Fiberglass poles, for a bike weight not a problem rather than expensive lightweight metal poles. This is a 6x7 foot tent, height 40-47 inches. Video shows staking and Pluses on this waterproof design. Easy Camp Spirit 300 British Tent. Can be bought in US via online. Equivalent US available tent RARE and over 400-700$.

http://www.easycamp.com/en/Products/Tents/Go/Spirit300.aspx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve_S_3HSa88

So I'll go right to the DOME TENT, I LIKE Dome Tents. with poles on the outside and a inter tents, with porch area. Inside taller height.

Free standing tent, waterproof if rated and a fly sheet that cover the entire sides of the tents. Can be set up in the rain without inside getting wet. Will not blow away. Two examples.
http://charlescamping.ie/store/index.php/tents/dome-tents/2015-vango-sierra-300.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzJjs5EJ84c
http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/3-person-tent/242-sigma-300.html#

Bad examples of tents. They leak, badly, not double walled.

1) Typical low cost tent Coleman Sundome 3
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Sundome-7-27x7-27-Person-Tent/dp/B00C37G8UY

2) Motorcycle storage area. Not needed on the road. Unless your off road with frequent repairs. Or home basecamp.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...gLF9EFZdhrgdPDffATLHME2PSWA-ZBjd3TxoCqrvw_wcB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhsyFUBO0Hg
 

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Nice tent but a littl big for my use, what does it cost ?

For the past 4 years or so I been using a cabellas 2 person tent, pack size is about 18x6, it's sets up pretty quick and easy, seems like it would shed rain pretty good but I've never camped in heavy rain with it. I like the pack size and easy setup.
 

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British Tents

These examples I give are all British Tents, Vango and Easy Camp, some listed as 200 level are two man tents and are good for one person with gear to dry at night. All are reviewed by and for the British, Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
My American tent was guaranteed to leak (Chinese Manufacture to US specifications). All my gear got wet costing me gear, maps and books until I found blue tarps to cover my tent. In EUrope that took three weeks.
So why are US tents cheap odd or blindingly expensive? You can get $$$ REI tents for mountaineering but they just don't fit the MC bill and poles are still on the inside of the Fly. Being isolated from the rest of the world of camping, are stuff is just using designs out of date. With KMart shoppers buying crap tents so they build more crap tents. And besides real campers drive an RV right? So we are left with Toy tents.

PS the Vango Halo is a 4000mm hydrostatic fabric build for thunderstorms. US imported about $250. The rest would be under $150-$100 imported. I lost $75 dollars in gear the first night my $80 dollar tent leaked. Note that the fly only came down to the last foot the stopped, THe door was mostly not covered by the fly and both is where the water came in.
 

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I won't even mention trying to put a fly on after the poles were on during a heavy rainstorm, except to say I had to mop up the water in the tent with my shower towel.
 

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Sounds like you picked a very poor tent, my old tent was $25 from Kmart and I used it for over 10 years, yes it leaked a little in very long rain but nothing like yours did. I have never camped in a lot of rain with the cabellas tent but I'm pretty confident it would take a long time for it to start leaking, it cost under $100, but yes there are a lot of real junk tents out there, as long as folks keep buying them they will keep selling them. Which tent are you going to buy next ? I'm pretty sure the cabellas tent will last through the rest of my camping days, just a couple days ago I gave the old Kmart tent to a neighbor kid , hopefully he will have some fun with it.
 

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No tents for us, we use our Bunkhouse camper.
 

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http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/3-person-tent/120-halo-300.html
This will fit into a stuff sack and placed in the large yellow bag behind my seat.

Very waterproof, lightweight, and small packable. PS For use in EU camping on a stored WIng.
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Sounds like you picked a very poor tent, my old tent was $25 from Kmart and I used it for over 10 years, yes it leaked a little in very long rain but nothing like yours did. I have never camped in a lot of rain with the cabellas tent but I'm pretty confident it would take a long time for it to start leaking, it cost under $100, but yes there are a lot of real junk tents out there, as long as folks keep buying them they will keep selling them. Which tent are you going to buy next ? I'm pretty sure the cabellas tent will last through the rest of my camping days, just a couple days ago I gave the old Kmart tent to a neighbor kid , hopefully he will have some fun with it.
 

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I just bought and received a Hilleberg Staika 2 man tent and love it. It is a free standing dome tent, extremely easy to put up. Never had it up before and it only took ten minutes. The only negative is the price but it is a quality tent. I figure that it will pay for it self in a year with the money that I will save camping vs staying in a hotel/motel. I have always loved camping and intend to get back into it.
 

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I've had the Eureka Alpine Meadows4(now called Timberline) since the mid 80's and it hasn't leaked yet. $100 when I bought it but it ain't leaked yet and easy to set up. YMMV
 
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