What’s a good tent for sea-kayaking expeditions?
I plan on doing a sea-kayaking expedition, so in the market for a durable, easily compactable single- or two-person tent to take with me. Something that stashes away and sets up easily. Any ideas? Arthur Spartanburg, South Carolina
All sorts of choices. You’re on your own, right? I’d get a two-person tent, as weight isn’t a big issue in a kayak and you’ll be much happier with the extra space. Plus, you’ll have room for a partner if you ever decide to end your hermitic ways and find another water-seeker with whom to do some intimate bonding.
Only about a gazillion choices. REI’s Quarter Dome UL ($229; www.rei.com) is light at just under four poundspretty amazing for a true double-wall tenthas enough room for two, is palatial for one, and has double doors and a top vent for plenty of air flow.
For a somewhat roomier and beefier tent, Mountain Hardwear’s Hammerhead 2 ($245; www.mountainhardwear.com) has more floor space and a big mesh ceiling for stargazing. And Marmot’s Hypno ($349; www.marmot.com) has interesting pre-bent poles that help create walls that are more vertical, for a greater feeling of spaciousness. Plus, Marmot’s quality always is top-notch.
For a true solo tent, Hilleberg’s Akto ($345; www.hilleberg.com) is a super-sturdy all-weather tent that can withstand any coastal storm you might encounter. Very light, tootwo pounds, 14 ounces. For something a little more relaxed and airy, the Big Agnes one-person Seedhouse Superlight is the ticket ($229; www.bigagnes.com). It’s tall, sturdy, and well vented. What more could you want?