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Light Weight Cycle Touring Tent Alternatives

Tarp for cycle touring
Ultra lightweight tarp for cycle touring

One of the heaviest items when you are cycle-touring is your tent. Good tents will have a double lining and adequate leg room to keep you dry and allow you to stretch out. Of course you can manage with a single skin tent and leg room might not affect everyone but there’s a few alternatives worth mentioning. This is one of them.

This is my tarp. It’s a hugely versatile piece of kit and very light. It weighs 545 grams and comfortably covers an area big enough to sleep three people. Another one can be used on the ground if you wish, but a bivy works well to keep your sleeping bag dry if you’re on damp ground. I use the MSR AC Bivy or a second tarp just to protect the sleeping bag from the damp and any rocks and sticks, etc, from ripping it. Continue reading Light Weight Cycle Touring Tent Alternatives

KNOG Blinder 4V review

In my latest review in the series of ‘what worked on my latest tour’ I’m sneaking in the KNOG Blinder 4V that I bought in Australia after my last rear light, also an older KNOG light was stolen from my bike in Serbia. It didn’t join me for the whole tour but it did help me to finish it safely and is a wonderful rear light. I’ve also had the opportunity to test it out properly over the last few months in a commuting capacity…

I didn’t get my KNOG Blinder 4V from Wiggle but I might have done if I wasn’t in the midst of touring! I never recommend products or retailers that I haven’t used myself and am happy with. Thank you.