Hello, I have a 5-month-old infant and want get her out on some dayhikes this spring. So far she’s good with longer walks as long as we take breaks. I’m looking for a light shelter we could bring along where we could stop to feed, change, and play with her if the weather is not ideal. This will be used primarily in the mountains around Calgary, and on a trip to New Zealand in March-April. Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone with a baby found something that works for them? These are the criteria:
2. very quick to set up, preferably free-standing (or possibly can be set up easily with trekking poles)
3. a fairly small footprint so we can find a place to pitch it along most trails, but needs to be large enough for 2 adults (5’9” and 5’10”) to sit up in and for an infant/toddler to lie down in. It’s okay if it’s pretty cramped – if the baby really wants to roll around and play, one of the adults can go outside.
4. decent at keeping out rain, wind, & bugs (doesn’t have to be bombproof)
We’d like to spend $200 or less, but I’m hoping to find one second-hand and would spend more for the right shelter. I’ve been thinking about the Black Diamond Hilight, but I’m not sure if that would be too easy to rip if we’re trying to set it up in a place with branches & twigs? I have an old Integral Designs bivy that is really strong, so I’m also wondering about their MK Lite series. Would two 5’9” adults be able to sit up in an MK Lite 1? And has anyone tried Integral Designs’ new Chock tents? Would also consider other solutions like tarps, etc. although I am more comfortable with a tent.
Thanks so much,