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advice on a new tent

Postby RichardNixon06 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:51 pm

Im looking for a tent for this season. I want one that's light weight but not to expensive somewhere in the range of $150. Looking for a one man tent but I'll consider a two man tent if its light enough. I was looking at the eureka spitfire but I heard they have issues with leaking in anything more than a drizzle. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance



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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby gary c. » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:56 pm

I've had my Spitfire for 7-8yrs and have had no problems in some pretty good downpours. I don't know where you read your reviews but Trailspace is my go to source. Here are the reviews on that site.
http://www.trailspace.com/gear/eureka/s ... eview12991
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby rlown » Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:23 pm

There is so much tent experience on this forum it's not funny. There's this thread going on now: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=10648

I can't tell you to search "tent" because, well, it would be impossible to read all the threads.

One way to figure out a tent is to hang out with others with tents and "try them out". Do the walk thru. Then pick 3-6 and read the reviews.

Mark once said most lightweight two man tents are a one man tent. Lots of room at a low weight. I totally agree.

I carry a tarptent double rainbow. Love it. My friend has a North Face 2 man that I actually like better, but they don't make them anymore. (better zippers than the tarptent).

Other things to consider. Side entry. Vestibules. one or two wall. free standing or staked. You already covered weight.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby sparky » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:12 pm

If you can save up more money it will be worth it. If you can add another 100$ to your budget it will open up MANY more possibilities. I cant say enough good things about tarptent. High quality, lightweight, and cheaper than other ultralight tent manufacturers.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby RichardNixon06 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:19 pm

Alright thanks guys that information is really helpful. I think I'll just stick with the spitfire for now. 250 is a little to much for me right now especially since I need to buy several things this year. Maybe in a few seasons I'll take a look at something with more bells and whistles.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby sparky » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:00 am

Wow! I actually didn't know that tent was that light. Pretty dark good. With just a quick glance at one thread I saw someone mention the floor fabric has a low HH rating...which honestly wont matter much in the Sierra.

Check out the six moon designs skyscape scout

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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby austex » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:17 am

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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:30 am

I too am looking for a new tent. My tarptent Moment has had many nights out, zipper is broken and it is just time to replace it. The tent has been weather-worthy but the condensation problems have always been very annoying. If I buy another single wall tent, it will have two doors to aid in ventilation.

I have been looking at tent reviews. The most discouraging thing is that most popular tents only rate a "5" or less out of "10" for weather worthiness. Now in my old fashioned opinion, why on earth would you even carry a tent if not to protect you from weather? People seem to be more interested in weight, roominess, bells and whistles, and ease of setting up. Any tent that is not weather-worthy, is out of my consideration, regardless of how wonderful they rate on other criteria.

A lower priced tent can still be quite good, but rarely will a $150 tent be light. If however, you are just starting out and low on funds, young and strong, the extra weight should not be a big deal. After some experience backpacking, and after saving some money, you probably will replace your starter tent with a lighter one. By then, you will have some experience that will help you choose the right tent. Most important, get a tent and go out there and start having fun!
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby oldranger » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:43 am

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I've given up on single wall tents because on those rainy nights when condensation is inevitable you can't roll them up with out getting everything wet or waiting forever for stuff to dry out. So I have resigned myself to a double wall, mosquito netting plus removeable fly. That way I can roll the main tent up by folding in half before rolling up. then rolling the fly up separately. Then dry things out when I make camp or if still nasty at least the floor is dry. Best alternative for me so far has been the Big Agnes Flycreek 1, though it is getting more and more difficult to crawl in and out the end. Dread having to go for the more convenient Copper Spur 1 but may have to. The Copper Spur 3 works great when I hike with Kathy.

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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby RichardNixon06 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:02 pm

Yea the extra weight is just more of an inconvenience then a real problem. Im 25 and in pretty good shape. I have a cheapo tent that's about 6lbs that I took last year on a 4 day 30 mile loop in the mammoth lakes area and by the end of each day I was pretty beat. So this year I'm trying to drop some weight.
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby RichardNixon06 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:05 pm

@sparky that tent requires the hiking poles to set up right?
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Re: advice on a new tent

Postby Ikan Mas » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:33 pm

How much you want to spend on a good tent also probably reflects how much $ and time you are putting into your vacation. If you are just doing weekends, and will bail if it turns rainy, then your tent may not be too important. Your'e only out a night. You can head back to the truck and drive home if it rains. You're not pushing the limits of what your pack will carry and can manage the extra pound or two.

However, if you're like me and your vacation time is precious (hard to get away from work, plane ticket, etc.) and you're spending a week deep in the wilderness with a full pack where bailing is not a consideration, then you should probably make the investment in a tent that will be comfortable for a week and is light weight. Once I'm committed to a trip, I'm going, rain or shine, and I have to be ready for what Mother Nature throws at me and no whining. With a full bear canister of food for the week and fishing gear, I'm running around 45 pounds in the pack. I really don't want anymore weight. Hence I'm going to buy a better tent.

I make it a point to hike early so if there is an afternoon thunderstorm, I'm not on the trail getting soaked. Instead, I roll into camp a couple hours after lunch and get set up. Sure, I'd rather be fishing, but if instead I have to deal with an afternoon squall I consider it a great excuse for a good nap. So having that good tent to snooze in and keep my gear dry on those few wet days is pretty important to me.

I also think that if I went with a tarp tent, besides being reluctant to set it up, that my sleeping bag would be pretty dirty after a week. I'm not a dirt freak, but I make a point of keeping things clean so they last longer, both on the trip and over the item's life. I tend to slide out of just a tarp, getting the end of my bag wet and dirty. Doesn't work for me.

I'm really happy with my Big Agnes, but I see how expensive they've gotten. That said, there seem to be good lightweight tents out there for less than $200 at REI.
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