The Exped Venus III tent has arrived!
I’ve just received a nice big parcel from Amazon, containing an Exped Venus III tent, a footprint for same, two Exped DownMat 7s and two Lonely Planet cycling guides (Australia and NZ). $900AUD shipped (it arrived in four days!). As much as I wanted to support local businesses, I just couldn’t justify the extra $300-$500 (depending on where you shop) to do it. Despite Exped’s proclamation that their overseas resellers will not ship to a country that has a local distributor, Amazon didn’t have a problem with it.
I considered a number of tents. In the end, I decided on the Venus III because it’s free-standing, has plenty of room for me and my mum and our stuff, and it’s four-season. It’s a touch heavy by touring standards (4Kg), but I’m OK with that. Mum and I can divide the load of the tent and other stuff so neither of us is too burdened. If I ever decide I want to go solo touring, I’ll either suffer the weight or get myself a smaller, lighter tent. For now, this suits our needs.
I’ll be setting it up in the back yard this weekend. Pictures will be taken and posted here for your viewing pleasure