Backpacking tents, lets see 'em!

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  1. joshkelekovich

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    So I have been curious about backpacking tents for a few weeks now, and I was just thinking about seeing what others carry and what they think about them. Pics would be much appreciated. So, without further-or-due, let's see 'em!
     
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    Mines on the right (Eureka Solitaire). I got it on impulse on clearance then read the reviews. It got bad reviews for the poles snapping, but I used mine for 4 days and 3 nights in pretty high winds with no problems.
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    Sierra Designs purchased @ 1988. Still going strong!

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    Lunar Solo

    Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo. 23 oz.

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    In summer, we use the Sierra Designs Orion AST3 (no longer made). We've made use of this tent for a decade and a half of canoe- tripping and it's never let in any water despite weathering some brutal storms. Sadly, it's on the heavy side for backpacking as it's a 3-person tent, but we use it mostly for canoe-tripping and we used to share it with our dog (pictured below).
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    In the shoulder seasons we use the Marmot Thor 4-season tent. Again, it's not light because it's intended to be able to hold up to a blizzard and heavily snow load, but we've used it backpacking in late winter/early spring when there was still snow. It's very solid and vents moisture quite well, which is what you want in a 4-season tent.
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    In winter, my shelter of choice is an igloo, so instead of packing our 4-season tent, I carry the Icebox Igloo tool for building bright, warm, roomy igloos. The tool is a slip form that packs up flat. It's the black & yellow object next to me in the photo below.
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    Hope this helps,
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    There are already plenty of posts about the eureka solitaire. It's a little more difficult than some to setup. I really like it a lot though. It's the only backpacking tent I have ever owned. The last backpacking trip I took a bivy sack and a tarp. Much more interesting sharing your bed with crawling things.
     
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    Awesome guys! Lets keep them coming!
     
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    Eureka Backcountry 1

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    six moons designs skyscape scout.

    ~34 oz. packs to the size of a nalgene (including poles) keeps out the bugs, wind and rain.

    my high desert go to.
     
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    This is the same one I've got. Had for maybe two or three years and haven't used it more than a handful of times. No complaints, just prefer my hammock most times.
     
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    This is our North Face Rock 22. It only accompanies me when my wife comes along. It's not an ultra-light tent, but it's fairly bombproof.

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    MSR Fusion,

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    Six man seekoutside, no pics yet
     
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    My Big Agness UL-2 is about 7 o'clock in the image. P1000125 (Large).jpg
     
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    REI Passage 2 about 4 1/2 lbs Two Door Tent

    Really love my REI Passage 2 well designed simple tent. Two doors which is nice so you don't have to climb over the person beside you for the those natures call events. Not and ultraligth and i've used it more canoe camping. The picture included is a nice camping site on an island on the Youghiogheny River Pa. I think it is light enough and small enough that I could take it back packing.

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    Here is the tent I use, it is a REI two man 3 pole. Kind of big but is nice in the rain and wind. I don't think they sell this one anymore. I have owned since the late 90s.

    Kaine

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    Mountain Hardware Wing Tent

    The Wing Tent can be used with the inner screened sleeping area or without as a stand alone tarp. P5250005.jpg P5250006.jpg
     
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    I have the tent on the left and they work amazingly. They are pretty light and can fit two people pretty easily
     
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    I setup my Mountainsmith Mountain LT Tarp Tent. Below are the pictures. Stats are 2 people 53 square feet of room. Lots of room for 2 plus gear or a palace for 1 plus all your hunting gear. Retails for 130$ But Ive seen it some places for 107$ Cant say enough good things about this Tent. Weight is 2.3lbs. Uses Trekking poles to Pitch it or you can pitch it with the Guy lines on 2 trees that are within range. Or you can get sticks in the woods that are 40 inches for the back and 53 inches for the Front.

    Here are the Photos of mine with me in it. For reference Im 6' Tall 250 lbs.

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    Super sturdy also You cannot blow this tent over I dont care what kind of wind you get. If I guy out the sides it gives you even more headspace and makes it bombproof. Some guys are putting stove Jacks in these and packing in the Kifaru Stoves that weight 2lbs to setup for late fall winter camping. Its a palace of a tarp tent. Just a bit smaller then the Kifaru Megatarp bigger then the super tarp.
     
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    My Two Tents...

    Actually I just set this Great Basin solo tent up for the first time yesterday. This was a surprise find for me as my brother gave me two tents and really didn't have much information on them. I've used the bigger one quite alot for our annual memorial day weekend camping trip, but think this smaller one will come in handy for solo adventures as it packs down very nicely.


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    This is the big one...two rooms with a separating partition. It got a tear in the seam bottom front left corner....I need to see if wallyworld has a patch for me.

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    I've got a 1 man from Alps Mountaineering and a Halfdome 2 Plus from REI.

    Heres the 1 man from a trip in Texas.

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    And here is the REI Halfdome 2+
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    Love this tent. This is the tent I grab when there are two of us. Two doors and two vestibules make this a roomy tent. Quick set up as well.

    Kaine
     
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    Yea its great isn't it? Its a great combination of price/features/size and even weight when split between two people. I'm no ultralight type tho. I love the vertical walls on the sides, it makes it feel super roomy inside. I'll never get a tent that requires the poles to be shoved through tunnels of fabric again. Those clips on the Half Dome are the business.
     
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    I am not a fan of tents, but I like the tarp tent options. Always wanted one of those! Nice pics, thanks
     
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    Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight, bought in 2002 or so. It's worked out well, but is pretty small. If I were to get another one I would choose a freestanding model.

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    MLD solotrailstar

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    My LL Bean Microlight FS1 - a free-standing 1 person tent. Just big enough inside for sleeping. It's a side entry with a roomy vestibule that I really like. Holds up really well to wind, too. The vestibule is rolled up out of the way for this shot, but extends way out and has enough room for a pack and plenty of room left over. You can see my pack there in front of the vestibule, on the left side, for scale.
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    And my Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 - front entry, room for 1 with gear inside, or 1 plus dog and gear (which is why I got it) or two people if you don't mind cuddling. This is my current go-to backpacking tent. It has more room than the FS1 above, although I do prefer the side entry and vestibule set up of the FS1. But the UL2 is lighter in weight despite the larger size, and packs down smaller than the FS-1, so it's become my go-to tent.
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    Nylon 7'x9' tarp and a ground tarp (4'x6' or something?) is what I like to take backpacking. :)

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    MSR Hubba

    these are the only pictures I can find of it
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    alps.jpg rei.jpg I had a kelty vortex 2 for years. I would probably still have it if my friend didnt melt it. He didnt know you had to prime an MSR whisperlight and leaked fuel all over my tent and burned it to the ground. now I have an alps mountaineering chaos 2 and an rei half dome. I think my favorite tent though is the Eureka Timberline
     
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    You betcha'!!

    Timberline 2. At around 7lbs it's a bit heavy, but split up between a couple of people it's ideal. My backpacking days are over, but I car camp all year... you gotta' love Florida's weather for year 'round outdoor fun!!

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    I have an OLD (circa early 1990s) North Face tent, I dont recall what model. This was before the ultralight crowd-it was billed as a lightweight two person tent. I spent a week on the long trail in VT in it-various other two or 3 day trips too. I still keep it, as a "just in case" tent for people who prefer tents. I now sleep exclusively in a hammock, or, worst case, tarp, on the ground, if needed. I dont recall the model of the tent, exactly. I will set it up in my backyard this weekend, take a couple of pictures of it. Its a great little tent-I should probably sell it, as I dont sleep in tents anymore-and I have a 4 season one, if I absolutely need one. But, I will post pics tomorrow, or saturday-maybe someone can help me identify the model :)
     
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    Homemade Tarp Tent.

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    A couple of pics of the tent (if someone recalls the name of this, please post-I have LONG since forgotten the name, but the Clip flashlight design was based off this one):
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    Sierra Designs Mountain Guide 4 season. its' my older brothers and served the 3 of us well on our week outing in Colorado. Worked out pretty nicely, stayed very dry and held up to some pretty stellar winds up around the peak.

    The tarp was very light thankfully.. we packed heavy lol (Heaviest pack came in just under 45lbs). We ended up with about 35 miles hoofed. Amazing week.

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    Tarptent by Henry Shires Double Rainbow. I currently use this tent, it is heavy and the condensation is pretty bad when its buttoned up. I have been DRENCHED in this tent in a downpour in the Big Bend Natl. Park, but with all backpacking its about brains and choice camp spots. Now I use it pretty regular and it is comfy, however I will be saving up for this:
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    http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/duplex.shtml

    Cuben, while expensive, will serve my needs better. I really like the layout of this shelter. If anyone has experience with it I would love to hear!
     
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    Can you describe your experiences with the Duomid? From what I've gathered, it is the go to tent in adverse weather. I know that Andrew Skurka used it throughout his Alaska trek. I am torn between this and the ZPacks Solplex/Duplex in CF. Thank you!
     
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    certainly :) I use the Duomid for trips w/ my wife and I, it would be very roomy for one- a wee bit snug for two males. In the summer months we use the inner that MLD makes, in shoulder season we ditch the inner and use a homemade tyvek floor. I've found that it pitches much more secure/stable w/ two poles in an inverted V vs a single pole. You need to use pole jacks to get the length you need, about 10-12"- I use thin walled aluminum-only an oz or so for both of them (some folks-you need two people w/ trekking poles-lash them together in lieu of pole jacks).

    I've been through several bad storms w/ the Duomid and while not bombproof, it's definitely sturdy- have never had any issues w/ wind or rain. I've had it out a few times in the snow, but not very heavy snow-evidently it handles snow loads pretty well (I think all pyramids do for the most part).

    I like pyramids, they perform well and don't weigh a lot-w/ a little practice they setup quickly. They do take a little more of a footprint than traditional tents, so you might have to hunt a little bit more for a suitable site.

    If I'm not mistaken, Dave also offers the Duomid in CF as well if you're looking for additional weight savings.
     
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    I have an original (about 12 years old) REI Halfdome 2 that looks like the design basis for this tent. the newer version of the HD2 is more complicated with an additional pole. gives a little more vertical headroom but I like mine just fine. if it ever wears out, the Passage is what I'll replace it with.
     
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    Needed a larger tent as we got out our grandson backpacking this year, went w/ the Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3. It would be tight for three adults, perfect for two adults and a young one. Extra roomy for two. Two doors, two vestibules, easy setup and withstood one really bad storm in the Crazy Mountains. It also can be setup w/ just the footprint and fly, for a sub 3 lb shelter in shoulder season. We've been using this tent a lot this summer and have nothing but high accolades for the tent.

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    Vaude 'Power Taurus Ultralight' 2kg all-in-one pitch, 3000mm siliconised fly, 10000mm floor, 2p; built for Northern Euro conditions ie wind & rain & yet more wind & rain . . . image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    MSR Nook 2 tent

    Love my MSR Nook - 2 person, 3 season, sub 3.75lbs including 10 stakes, guy lines, and MSR footprint and gear loft. Very weather and wind proof (more so IMO than the Big Agnes Fly Creek and Copper Spur tents), can be pitched in free standing mode using a trekking pole but a little on the small side. But it is a little bit expensive at about $400. Below is a little MSR promotional video:

    [video=youtube;VtXegDeAHwI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXegDeAHwI[/video]

    It is not very well known but I think it is killer tent. I brought mine at REI. I think it is the best 2 person 3 season tent they sell.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2014

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