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Free-standing tent with elbow room??

Postby SteveB » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:38 pm

Hi, all! Searching for a decent free-standing tent with elbow room (not looking for a claustrophobic thing) that can handle a bit of midnight snowfall for this winter. My old Clip Flashlight is great in decent weather, but almost impossible on rock and in places where the ol' stakes just don't hack it. So I'm looking for some suggestions from folks that have been out there and gotten snowed on a few times. :)

Thanks!

ps: Also still looking for a manufacturer of custom gaiters, since my personal designs don't seem to last ;) and nobody makes any big enough to fit right on my calves!



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Postby Randonnee » Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:54 am

I have been using an North Face VE-24 for over 25 years and other than being a bit on the heavy side it is a great tent in snow and wind. The current version is the VE-25 which has vestibules and a second door were not part of the original design.

Not of the free standing family, but I also have a Black Diamond Megamid I use when I get serious about weight. No floor so you can dig down to increase the head room. The sides are steep enough that heavy snow has not been a problem. This is another great choice for winter use.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:44 am

My tent is not free-standing, but I've never had a problem setting up, even on rock slabs. Stephenson Warmlite, weighs 2 lb 13 oz and is 4 season. I think its 5' x 9'. A little pricey, but for me its worth it. I've been happy with it.
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Freestanding Tent

Postby Trail Bud » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:35 pm

I have a Integral Designs, MK1XL. It's a single wall 4 season, free standing and the poles ( 2 of them) go up from the inside. It sets up fast. It's roomy for me, I'm 6"1" & 215 lbs. I'm very comfortable by myself, I can also sit up inside.
Here's the techical info:
Dimension
Floor Length: 86"
Floor Width: 46"
Maximum Height: 39"
Floor Area: 28 sq ft
Packed size: 20" x 6"
Packed weight: 4lbs 12 oz (2,140g) (tent+poles+stuff sack)
tent body =3 lb 10oz (1,650g)
Price is $550.00

here's the link: http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_ ... cttypeid=5
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Postby wingding » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:47 am

I have an Integral Designs MK1 lite (total weight is less than 4 pounds) - very roomy for one person, but not intended for those over 6 feet tall. If you're over 6 feet then they suggest the MK1XL. I can't say enough good things about Integral Designs Products. I also have a bivy sack made by Integral Designs.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:01 pm

The Warmlite was $535, and that included the extra for the big door. I didn't stake it down at Matlock Lake (Topix trip), I just used boulders in the front and back and it stood up just fine.

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Postby The Other Tom » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:26 pm

Another vote for warmlite. Roomy and light weight. I got mine on ebay, so price wasn't too bad.
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Postby Wanderer » Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:10 pm

I have a Bibler I tent which I think is ideal for one person (it's advertised as a 2-person tent!) Free-standing, 4-season, around 4 lbs, I always rank it up there with my very favorite pieces of gear!

The Integral Designs tent is almost identical (I think the MK-1?) and used to be a lot cheaper, but I haven't priced them in awhile.
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Postby lostcoyote » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:52 am

Stephensons Warmlite tent question:


Anyone who owns one have condensation problems with this tent?

Mine sure does ice up on the front door panel (which has no rainfly across it)

I'm a big guy so maybe I just spin off lots of hot moist air during the night
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Stephensons Warmlite

Postby lostcoyote » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:52 am

Stephensons Warmlite tent question:


Anyone who owns one have condensation problems with this tent?

Mine sure does ice up on the front door panel (which has no rainfly across it)

I'm a big guy so maybe I just spin off lots of hot moist air during the night
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Re: Stephensons Warmlite

Postby The Other Tom » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:10 pm

lostcoyote wrote:Stephensons Warmlite tent question:


Anyone who owns one have condensation problems with this tent?

Mine sure does ice up on the front door panel (which has no rainfly across it)

I'm a big guy so maybe I just spin off lots of hot moist air during the night

Yes, that's the only complaint I have about the stephenson. No matter how much the vent was open, we seemed to get a lot of condensation.
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