Tent for beach camping in the tropics.

Tent for beach camping in the tropics.

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Berw

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2,910 posts

172 months

Thursday 1st April
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As the title, I'm looking for a tent for wild camping in the beach in S E Asia. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand.
There are no high end retailers, best I can find is Sport Direct. I'm looking at something like the photo, which I can use for solo camping with a motor bike.
Price is low, but I'm unsure of quality, especially water proofing.
Does any one have experience of the brand.
Thanks.

Edited by Berw on Thursday 1st April 11:18

Unbusy

819 posts

64 months

Thursday 1st April
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Just had a google, seems ok at first glance. Were available in the UK at £40 but sold out, so your price seems reasonable.
Pitching videos on you tube. Not so high inside though, just 1 metre. Didn’t see the packed dimensions but looks to be about 550cm max in length so perfect to put across the rear seat of your bike.
Made in Wales so should be waterproof and guaranteed to keep sheep in.
Whatever tent you buy first I can that it won’t be the one you eventually end up having. I’m on my 4th now!

Berw

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2,910 posts

172 months

Friday 2nd April
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Thanks. Problem is mate it will be my last, I'm nearly 70! Done loads of wilderness camping in my day, Norway Scotland and the Alps etc and all of over Wales, spent my youth camped under crags in N Wales. Easter camped under clogy and swim in the lake. I bet you can't do that now.
Yes prices are amazing I've had a few decent tents in the past, Vango. Black's etc. But I can believe the price on the Gelert stuff.
I remember when Gelert was the one shop on the Carnarvon road out of Bethgelert.
I looked at it in the shop and your right would go across the back of the bike perfect.
My retirement plan is locate to and tour Indonesia, it's huge, some of the ferries between the slands take 8 hours, I've already ridden right across Borneo.


durbster

8,586 posts

189 months

Friday 2nd April
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First of all, good on you. Where is your blog and where are your photos biggrin

There are some Australian brands of tent that are designed for tropical weather. I wonder if you'd be able to get hold of them?

I forget the brand but lived in a tent for a year while driving around Australia and it had a tough life, from extreme heat to bitter cold and frost, and the storms of the wet season. It took a battering and although needed a bit of patching up at times, it got us through OK.

You're more experienced than me at this but one thing I would recommend is to see if you can find one that has those small windows on the sides of the sleeping bit, so you can quickly look outside. It's incredibly useful to be able to quickly peek out when you're hearing weird noises around you, especially if you're wild camping.

durbster

8,586 posts

189 months

Friday 2nd April
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Something like this (although at 14kg, maybe too heavy): https://www.oztent.com/rs-1-swag

SomersetWestie

377 posts

147 months

Friday 2nd April
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I worked for Gelert for several years mid 90's to mid 00's, until they sold out ! Seems like a lifetime ago now, but since that they've done very little with the brand. Not made in Wales, nothing ever was........ all made in China, along with most things ! So, at that kind of price point it'll be a 1500/2000mm HH with taped seams. It'll be waterproof........ to a point.......... But as with all things in life, you get's what you pay's for......... Though to be fair you're not planning to use the tent in the harshest of Snowdonia winters, so you might be OK ! laugh

Berw

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2,910 posts

172 months

Friday 2nd April
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Thanks Somerset Westue, that's what I need I know I can buy 3000hp but didn't know if that was bad or good.

Berw

Original Poster:

2,910 posts

172 months

Friday 2nd April
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Looked for the 3000 number, this one is around 110 pounds.
I was interested in The Gelert because I saw it in the Sport Direct shop. This would be a pure distance purchase from China.

Back in the 60's, when climbing was bold, and before indoor walls, I knew the guy who started Karrimoor, but like Gelert they have sold out

smifffymoto

3,460 posts

172 months

Tuesday 6th April
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MSR,Helsport etc.
You want a mesh inner that can be pitched on its own without the rain fly.Skmething like a MSR Hubba Hubba.
If you want lightweight look at Z Packs.Helsport also do good gear.
Nordisk make a 1 person tent under 500grams.

Edited by smifffymoto on Tuesday 6th April 07:30


Edited by smifffymoto on Tuesday 6th April 07:33

HardtopManual

1,632 posts

133 months

Saturday 10th April
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I would be tempted to go with a tarp and hammock in that humidity. Easier to pack onto a bike too.

Bonefish Blues

18,282 posts

190 months

Sunday 2nd May
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If beach camping in the Tropics, then I'd be looking for something with a full mesh inner like this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174668587312?hash=item2...