Travel to South America - A TENT

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1. Posted by stanlee (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi. Hi. Hi,

At the beginning of 2020, I'm going with my gilfriend on a 'one-year' journey through South America. We start at the bottom and finish at the top ^^. We are looking for the perfect tent to spend most of our nights in. So far, our travels have been limited to one region and one type of climate, and we have all gone through the quickhiker-ultralight-2 tent.
And he was my biggest friend in Norway (in winter and summer). Winter was not for him, although it was possible to survive. I liked him very much, but it is not a tent that I would take on a year-long journey through almost all geographical zones. We are going to hike a lot in the mountains, which means that the tent must be resistant to the local winds. We will try to climb Acouncague and a few other peaks (here it is a matter of it will be in our tent or rented on site). High altitudes and high air humidity are certainly issues to be kept in mind when choosing. I wonder how with the ground (it's a matter of choosing a free-standing tent or not). I also think whether it is worth investing in a 4-season tent or better to rent a storm tent for a few days when climbing the summits. Later, however, we will be in Colombia and the return will probably be from Mexico, so the tent has to handle the humidity and temperatures.
I have researched a lot of websites, read several forums, tests and reviews and listed a few tents worthy of attention. So I would like to ask you about the opinion of what kind of tent would you choose for such a trip?
The list I managed to create (I suggested weighed up to 2.5kg):

MSR Hubba NX - 1.7kg, a lot of good reviews, but I am worried about two issues. One is an overlayed tropic, which when set up in the rain will cause water in the middle of the tent. The second one is also connected with the tropics - from what I've read some opinions and films of reviewers, it's not long enough to "close" the whole bedroom and seal it off from the bottom, strong winds and jamming rain. Here also the question of safety of leaving backpacks in the vestibule in more dangerous areas, if they stick out from outside the tent :/

MSR Access 2 - 2kg - 4 seasonal, good reviews. Same thing with the tropics. I am also worried about the water resistance values - 1200 thousand mm in the tropics and 3 thousand floors. And lack of information about the wind power that can push it (the same as in the case of NX), people's opinions in this regard very unspecific.

Hilleberg Nallo 2 - 2,4 - 4 seasonal, non-free-standing. Waterproofness of the tent shell: 5000 mm, Floor waterproof: 15000 mm. Well, I must admit that it sounds better :)

Hilleberg Anjan 2 - similar but 3 seasonal, much lighter - 1.8kg

Hilleberg Niak 2 - different design, 1.7kg, one side output ;/

Robens Verdin - 1.8kg, he is said to survive 170km/h - probably unrivalled here. I don't know how to deal with waterproofness.

Salewa Litetrek Pro II - 2kg, 90 km/h

Blizzard 2 Terra Nova - has a very interesting performance but the red color rather disqualifies him.

Southern Cross 2 Terra Nova - 2,3kg - Here is a very strong competitor for Hilleberg with similar prices.

Voyager 2 Terra Nova - 200 g lighter than above. Here good opinions among older colleagues using :)

Copper Spur HV2 Expedition - 2,4kg - here it is hard to find any specific opinions

A little bit of it came out, it's hard to decide for now, at first I couldn't find anything for myself and then suddenly as I dig deeper, it turns out that there are some interesting options. Only as if there were more travelers who would like to share their opinions from similar trips!

I would be grateful for any feedback! At the moment I feel a little lost and I decided that when you buy a tent for a year trip, you should choose the best :) And maybe it will last much longer!

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1033 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

If you are thinking of renting a more robust tent for when you need it, then have you considered a performance hammock? We traveled for a year throughout Mexico and Central America with a Hennessy Hammock each and found them to be great. They even convert to a tent, but I cannot vouch for them in high altitude climates.

Hennessy Hammocks have a quite unique design and are wicked easy to configure; they even come with a rain fly you can set up when you need it and have a mozzie net built-in. Of course, you can simply flip the hammock over in lay in the hammock uncovered, if you wish. In cooler temperatures a basic sleeping pad works as a great insulator underneath you.

Although I cannot comment on any of the tents I mention the hammock because of how small they bundle to with a compression sack, their weight AND that fact they can be converted to a type of tent. However, the tent functionality of the Hennessy wouldn't be as suited as the brands and models you mention - I just wonder if you've researched performance hammocks?

The Hennessy Hammock website has loads of videos detailing all the features and how to take advantage of them.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2019, at 18:20 by road to roam ]

3. Posted by stanlee (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I considered to use hammocks of course. I used them with my friends in Iran, Norway and it was very good idea. But there are four issues with them for me.
1. Not good wind resistance
2. If it's rainy for one, two days, i would rather be inside of something
3. If there is no trees or something vertical, You have no shelter
4. I can't sleep with my GF

But thank You for that :)

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1033 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Indeed, we found them perfect in warmer climates. Without trees we were able to use these as tents, however they cannot compare to a real tent. And of course, you'll have that problem of bunking solo the whole time!

Good luck with your trip and finding the best gear to suit your needs.

5. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1033 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

....and please let me know which tent you settle on - our hammocks may not last another year on the road and we may soon be in the market for an ultralight tent as well.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2019, at 21:24 by road to roam ]

6. Posted by stanlee (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Of course maaan!

One guy told me about another mark of tent - Macpac - very expensive :/

7. Posted by stanlee (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Have You heard about it?

8. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 1033 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I have heard of Macpac. Several of their models are designed to really offer good vestibule space. A macpac may be just what you need. Good reviews all around, too.

We looked at the Duolight several months ago based on the weight alone. We sort of debated the price and decided it was too much - likely more tent and performance than we need for the amount of backcountry hiking we do at the moment and the climates we prefer.

As for our hammocks, we'll ditch them soon but I think we'll settle on a tent one step down from macpac.

We once hiked around with a French woman for several days who had a macpac backpack (and a Eureka tent!) and she loved it.

Do let me know what you settle on, and good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2019, at 22:38 by road to roam ]

9. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1586 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Macpac are a New Zealand company. I have quite a bit of travel gear (clothing, packs but no tents) from them which I rate highly. They have a good reputation here and lots of NZers travelling in NZ and abroad swear by Macpac.

10. Posted by tourdubai (Inactive 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

If you want to travel, explore South America and enjoy the best places here.