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  Who solo?
  Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-14-13 8:16 PM (EST)
 

A two-person tent fits perfectly in a kayak and is so much more comfortable. I would never take a solo tent kayak camping. In fact I might even take a compact 3-person tent for the ultimate luxury.

Desirable qualities: two side doors; brow pole (also called a spreader pole---stretches the top out); large vestibules for air flow; simple design with minimum of stakes.

I've owned these two-person tents that I can recommend:

Kelty Grand Mesa: light, but front entry and small vestibule.

Kelty Trail Ridge 2: spacious, tall. Defect: no side pullouts on fly. That can be remedied.

REI Camp Dome: cheap, rugged, just 2 stakes hot in summer (not enough mesh).

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 2: My favorite of all. Good headroom; large vestibules for air flow; lots of mesh; rugged and waterproof; simple design (4 stakes); large doors with easy entry; rain doesn't enter when you open the doors. There are tons of positive reviews for this tent. You can usually find it for $99. It is well worth that price, equal in quality to tents costing much more.

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

Women's PFD's

Wall Mount Boat Racks

Electric Kayak Motor

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