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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:59 pm

Bluewater wrote:
If using trekking poles I like the SMD Skyscape X (14.5 ozs) for a solo tent or a Zpacks
Hexamid (8 ozs/no beak) solo tent.


Was looking at these two tent, read some good reviews on both, especially the SMD, but
$550 is just a little to steep, though am still considering it, especially now that they have
added another door. :)
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby whrdafamI? » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:43 pm

The expense factor is the biggest drawback. Looked at ZPacks and Cuben Fibre is a stunner $ wise. Most likely will have to bite the bullet as going lighter is where it is at the older I get.
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In need of a new tent.

Postby Bluewater » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:41 pm

The cuben fiber bling can get expensive. SMD has three versions of the Skyscape. The Skyscape Trekker is more reasonable at $225, but it weighs about a 1/2 lb more than the cuben fiber version. A good value considering they essentially charge $340 to save 8 ozs.

I like the addition of the second door on the latest Skyscape X, but it's hard to justify the price increase to $565. I got one of the less expensive ones last year. One less door, but 2 ozs lighter.

SMD has a few other one man shelters available for around $200.

Another less expensive option is the MLD Solomid. I use just the tarp in the winter and it's a very stable shelter due to the inverted 'V' trekking pole frame. The silnylon version is $195 and weighs 15.5 ozs (8 ozs in cuben). The inner net is $145 and adds 9 ozs (only 6 ozs with a cuben floor). I've slept through 16 hour storms at high altitude in a Solomid. $330 for the silnylon Solomid and inner net tent.

Using cuben this option weighs less than the Skyscape X and has a modular design (use the tarp, tarp and inner net or just inner net) but it's more expensive ($590 for cuben Solomid and inner net with cuben floor. Ouch)
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby whrdafamI? » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:06 pm

Ouch is exactly right. It has made me a little gun shy about pulling the trigger so far.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby maverick » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:26 pm

Finally found this review, might be helpful to you in making a decision: http://hikelighter.com/2011/12/29/sulxu ... mparisons/
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby whrdafamI? » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:51 pm

Thanks Mav, checking it out. Whatever tent it turns out to be it will hopefully be the last one I'll need.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:17 pm

Let us know which one you decide on, and write up a review on it please.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby longri » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:22 pm

So much depends on what you want in a shelter. It's impossible to give informed recommendations without knowing that.

I have a 5 lb tent and an 8 oz tent, both perfect in different situations.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby rlown » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:56 pm

whrdafamI, would you like to try out a double rainbow tarptent? I can tell you they're hot in direct sun, but very nice for ventilation at night and no leaks (seam sealed). Let me know and I can loan you mine for a trip.

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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:34 pm

I just got back from a trip with my brand new REI Quarter Dome 3 and that tent is pretty amazing. It's easily the lightest tent I've ever carried, at barely over 4 lbs, and incredibly roomy (it really could easily fit three full sized people and gear; there were just two of us using it) and very nicely thought out in its layout. I didn't have to go through bad weather but I've heard from others who have gotten through some good storms in I imagine their 2-person is still a plenty roomy 2-person tent and I'm sure it is even lighter than the QD3. To give you an idea of just how light it is, when I brought it home I was initially concerned that there was something missing because it just seemed way lighter than it should, so I pitched it in the bedroom and discovered that in fact everything was in place. We'll see how this stands up to wear and tear over the years on hard trips, but as of now this looks to be the best tent I've ever owned.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby Flux » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:26 pm

I want a new tent myself but am having trouble as it will save me about 18oz at most. After all my research I think it will end up being the BA Copper Spur UL1 when I finally pull the trigger on a new one man. It's a proper freestanding tent in that the frame system reaches all the corners. I like side entry as well and the use of a lightweight fabric at the bottom to eliminate drafts. All the perks really and a 2lb 3oz listed trail weight is pretty nice.

Right now I am gonna keep leaning on my BD Lighthouse. Thing did fine in rain and hail and wind. Bomber tent that will go into the 4th season. It's just a bit heavy and I am trying to kick those last 4 lbs out of my setup. It has it's faults, but it's a pretty nice rig for most Sierra stuff.
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Re: In need of a new tent.

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:32 pm

Proper freestanding tents... sold 'em. I do fine with a Sublite and the Lightheart.


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