Saguaro Bivy Shelter Tent – Texsport – #TravelTuesday

I have had more than a few conversations about tents with fellow outdoor lovers. The first tent I ever owned was from Kelty and I was happy as a clam. It […]

I have had more than a few conversations about tents with fellow outdoor lovers. The first tent I ever owned was from Kelty and I was happy as a clam. It has been a great dome tent to take out on simple camping trips. It has been used at state parks in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as a couple places in Idaho and New Mexico. But a few years after obtaining the tent from Kelty I took a backpacking trip through the Gila National Forest. After hiking long distances I quickly noticed how the weight of my dome tent began to take a toll on my body. For experienced backpackers, you know you want to carry as little weight as necessary. I was young and definitely dumb. After the trip I wised up and began looking for a lightweight tent that I could take on backpacking trips, as well as trips where I was going solo or camping in small areas. One of my favorite outdoor trips is on the St. Croix-Namekagon in Wisconsin. The problem is limited space for tents in some areas.

On a trip to my local REI store I ran across a small tent that came in a small bag and looked perfect for backpacking. I picked it up off the shelf and it weighed next to nothing compared to other tents. It was the only one left so I decided to buy it rather than wait and see if it would be there after doing research. (I feel the need to point out this was in a time before smart phones) The tent I chose was made by a company called Texsport. The moment I used that tent for the first time I fell in love. Not only was the tent a perfect size and weight, it was easy to set up. I caught some flack from hard core outdoorsy folks for not buying an expensive fancy tent. But I will forever stand by my tent. I was filled with an uncontrollable rage when my tent was stolen this past summer from a campsite while I was away on a hike. (Who the hell does that BTW?) One day a few weeks ago, out of desperation because I still could not remember the manufacturer of the tent nor could I find it at REI or on their site I typed in “backpacking tent” in Google and low and behold, there was my tent. I bought another to replace the stolen one and I will probably buy one more just to have two. The Saguaro Bivy Shelter Tent is a great tent and can fit two people who are comfortable with each other or it can be a slightly spacious solo tent. It is worth the $40 and I am confident that you won’t regret purchasing it.

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