What’s the perfect tent for sea-kayaking trips?
I'm looking for the perfect sea-kayaking tent. Currently I'm using an older The North Face Geodesic three-person tent: it's great but is on the large size and tends to leak when not staked out. So, I'm looking for something that packs into a small size, can hold more than one person's gear, sets up easily, doesn't require much staking (sand doesn't hold stakes very well), and is very waterproof. Marshall Watkinsville, Georgia
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Lots of tents would work for you. One good example: the Mountain Hardwear Skyview 2 ($295). It’s got a very stable three-pole design that withstands wind well, plus extremely good rain-shedding abilities. Technically it’s a “convertible” tent, for three- or four-season use, but I can see this feature being useful for sea kayaking, as the tent would have a little more wind resistance than a regular three-season model.
Another tent that would work well is Marmot’s Equinox ($289). It’s a three-season tent, but very sturdy and weatherproof. I particularly like its door design, which has two front-end openings, plus a third small door at the back of the tent.
Both of these tents are “free-standing,” so you don’t need to do much staking. But, of course you need to do some, so here’s a suggestion (and maybe you’ve already heard of this trick): Pack with you a couple of small nylon bags. At your campsite, fill them with sand or rocks. Attach a guy line to the bag with a mini-carabiner or snap-link. Then dig a hole in the ground and bury it. That creates a “dead man,” which is a great anchoring device in sand or snow. Your tent will stay on the ground, where it belongs, even when the wind is screaming.