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In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby whrdafamI? » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:21 pm

After much analizing of various different tents I changed my mind and went with a free standing tent. I bought a Big Sky Mirage 2P. It was expensive. With the different upgrades I opted for it came to $491. Weight is 2 lbs. 6 ounces. I have used it on 2 overnight trips and am very pleased. There was no waiting for delivery as he has addressed those problems and now seems to have them in stock. Condensation is somewhat a concern but has not been a problem so far. Construction of the tent is top notch. I checked all the seams very closely and could find nothing to fault. Also bought the foot print that they offer. Packed in its compression sack it is very small and doesn't take up much space in the pack.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby Bluewater » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:34 am

Congrats on your new tent. It's good to hear the wait time wasn't an issue. I read some of the negative reviews but I have had good experiences with the customer service at Big Sky. I like the lighter weight of the Mirage, I have the Evolution 2P and it's about 10 ozs heavier but it is double wall throughout and modular (net tent only or both).


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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby whrdafamI? » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:25 am

Yes Russ, that is the one. Functional, easy and quick set up and practicle. One thing that really helped off- set the sticker shock was being able to turn my Fly Creek UL2 back into REI for a full refund. Their policy has changed on returns but I grandfathered in and therefore had no problems.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby rlown » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:00 pm

i'm guessing the fly doesn't require seam sealing. Any weather on it yet to determine that?

I was looking it up at saw this: http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/faq/seam-sealing.html

guess it's the same process as sil nylon.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby whrdafamI? » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:41 pm

Russ,no seam sealer is required on this tent. All the seams are seam taped. This was another reason I went with decision and not the Six Moon Design I had initially selected. The other reasons were the size of the location to put the Lunar Duo up and that it had to be staked. As with any "free standing" tent staking is never completely eliminated. There are times when staking just has to be done.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby oldranger » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:05 am

whrdafnI wrote:
Russ,no seam sealer is required on this tent. All the seams are seam taped. This was another reason I went with decision and not the Six Moon Design I had initially selected. The other reasons were the size of the location to put the Lunar Duo up and that it had to be staked. As with any "free standing" tent staking is never completely eliminated. There are times when staking just has to be done. - See more at: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=12064#sthash.efNfrKn7.dpuf


Even when seams are taped I seal seams on the opposite side. Never know when the tape is going to detach. There is no time that I would pitch my "freestanding tent" without staking or using rocks. I find it best not to assume that it will stay calm.

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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby whrdafamI? » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:01 pm

Mike, that is not a bad idea. Thinking about setting this up in my backyard Friday and seeing how it performs in the weather they are claiming we are about to get.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby rlown » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:27 pm

set it up. you're right! it would be a great report out on your choice. We get the deluge tonight in Petaluma. with wind (sucks).

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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:23 pm

We should all be setting up our tents in our backyards tonight! It would be a good test of weather-worthiness. I am going to pass, however, because of tons of our neighbor's palm leaves end up in our back yard every storm. I think those big thorns would ruin a tent in a hurry.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby whrdafamI? » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:25 pm

I set up the tent in my back yard Thursday afternoon. Initially I thought it was a bust as the rain didn't start as early as the weather lady predicted but she is good looking so I forgave her. Around 4 in the morning it kicked in. No leaking seams and no condensation as of yet. I left the tent up for the rest of Friday and it got a good rain test.
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Re: In need of a new tent.Part 2, the decision.

Postby rlown » Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:27 pm

whrdafamI wrote:Mike, that is not a bad idea. Thinking about setting this up in my backyard Friday and seeing how it performs in the weather they are claiming we are about to get.


Funny how we post at the same exact time!

I just wrote "Did you?" down your way, some of the 10' deep debris flows with large rocks looked like it wouldn't matter what tent you bought. We only had a gentle 5" of rain in 24hrs and another inch the next day.

I did not put my tent up. She's seam sealed by me.

Glad you tested it and glad it worked. Even better if you would have slept in it!

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