The Tent

This is the Eureka Spitfire 1.

It’s light, cheap, and well-endorsed by cyclotourists.

I looked at a dozen tents. There aren’t a lot of one-person tents out there. And a lot of them are heavy – some twice as heavy or more.

The Eureka Spitfire uses only 2 poles (aluminum, but if they break I can always upgrade to carbon) and is very easy to set up. It folds up into a really tiny little pouch: the damn thing’s basically just two tarps and a bit of mesh netting. And all told it only weighs 2 pounds and change – which, when you’re thinking of pushing that weight almost 10,000 miles (and up six mountain chains… some twice), rather adds up.

It’s $119.00 at the Kittery Trading Post.

Tent status: DOWN.

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