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Many, many tents......

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Offline Peach

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Many, many tents......
« on: April 26, 2008, 12:26:30 AM »
Yep I have 7 tents....the majority of the time when I bought the first few, I was very new to camping and just bought what I thought looked interesting...

Two really lightweight and inexpensive ones from wally world...I had no idea what I was looking for and started out on short summer weekend trips...well....exc ept the first camping trip to Big Bend...first trip I took a very light weight flimsy tent to the back country but we were blessed with great weather...I had no clue as to what I was doing on that trip (another story within itself...)

My third purchase was better...Mountain Hardwear 3 person tent...lots of ventilation and really light...I got that one for the summer camping trips to the lake

I also have a Kelty Yellowstone 4 person tent.  It looked easy to put up and has lots of pockets inside to store stuff.  It was easy to put up, but definitely not a tent I like carrying too far.  More for those drive up campsites.

I have my dad's old canvas A-frame tent too.  I keep that mainly for sentimental value.  I have set it up in the back yard for my daughter a few times just for grins.

My last two are 1 person tents....one is an REI...the other is an off brand I bought at Gander Mountain.

Now why I took the flimsy ones to BB last Thanksgiving?  Not sure except that I was packing in a hurry.  I always wait until the last minute to take inventory and end up grabbing everything but the kitchen sink....in this case, bad choice.... :eusa_doh:

After looking at one of the other posts on tents....I may be shopping for yet another one     :rolling:

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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008, 01:16:40 AM »
Only two here.  :)

REI Taj 3  - for car camping

Big Agnes Sarvis SL1+ w/ eVent - my backpacking solo tent.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2008, 08:13:10 AM by Sanjuro82 »

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008, 04:40:13 AM »
For backpacking, you only need one tent - Bibler Fitzroy.

Single wall, waterproof/breathable, super strong, can set up yourself in a storm from the INSIDE......

Very light weight. Will outlast anything else on the market. Stronger than anything else on the market. Forget tents like Mountain Hardware, The North Face.... those are good, but this Bibler Fitzroy is the best. While the others are blown to the ground with broken poles, the Bibler will be standing.

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Offline Peach

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008, 05:22:15 AM »
For backpacking, you only need one tent - Bibler Fitzroy.

Single wall, waterproof/breathable, super strong, can set up yourself in a storm from the INSIDE......

Very light weight. Will outlast anything else on the market. Stronger than anything else on the market. Forget tents like Mountain Hardware, The North Face.... those are good, but this Bibler Fitzroy is the best. While the others are blown to the ground with broken poles, the Bibler will be standing.

I'll have to check this one out!  Thanks!

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Offline Sanjuro82

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2008, 08:12:48 AM »
For backpacking, you only need one tent - Bibler Fitzroy.

Single wall, waterproof/breathable, super strong, can set up yourself in a storm from the INSIDE......

Very light weight. Will outlast anything else on the market. Stronger than anything else on the market. Forget tents like Mountain Hardware, The North Face.... those are good, but this Bibler Fitzroy is the best. While the others are blown to the ground with broken poles, the Bibler will be standing.

I wouldn't call the Fitzroy lightweight.  If I climbed lots of alpine peaks with heavy winds and snow then it might be a worthwhile option.  But I stick to the deserts and canyonlands, so it just wouldn't make sense to carry such a stormproof (and heavy) tent.  At just over 7lbs my back would hate me. 

My Sarvis SL1+ w/ eVent is perfect for me!
« Last Edit: April 26, 2008, 08:25:59 AM by Sanjuro82 »

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2008, 08:23:41 AM »
I'll second the REI Taj 3 for car camping. I've been happy with mine even in 50mph winds in the Basin camp ground.  :icon_eek:
   Bill
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Re: Many, many tents......IMAGES.....from the Lady who owns 7 !!!
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2008, 10:42:07 AM »
For the ABOSLUTELY best advise on camping tents, REI...Cabelas...Cam ping Warehouse...don't stand a chance to recommend, as to asking PEACH  here. What she does not have , she will in a couple of months. So i strongly suggest to ask this lady  first:

Kelty Yellowstone 4:



Mountain Hardwear 3:...The lady still has 5 more, which she did not mention



Bibler Fitzroy...looks good, real tough:



REI Taj 3...proven tough,among Big Bend Campers here:





 Sarvis SL1:



 For me, let me just say this. Your government was never wrong when they issued an order for the marines to pack up on the strongest 2 man tent, I HAVE EVER SEEN.

Eureka Marine Issue Military Tent:


 extremely lightweight....two side zip up doors,aluminum poles, widstands 50-70 MPH winds...like going to the movies. I have put it thru the test, when i went to EL Coahuilon...remembe r?

 

  When you put the top on,it is really protective from the elements. I have had rain,snow,pebbles...no kidding, on top. They just bounced off, and  asks for more.

 You can also flip the top, if you want to match the terrain....but to what purpose?, definetly a military end.Still very cool.


Oh yes, when you close that top off, you wont get any light in at all, except thru the floor. So you will sleep sound as a whistle inside, provided you set up your cave snuggly....but what is my little advise here, compare to what Peach can say?... :eusa_hand:
« Last Edit: April 26, 2008, 10:46:23 AM by homerboy2u2 »
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2008, 11:43:30 AM »
For backpacking, you only need one tent - Bibler Fitzroy.

Single wall, waterproof/breathable, super strong, can set up yourself in a storm from the INSIDE......

Very light weight. Will outlast anything else on the market. Stronger than anything else on the market. Forget tents like Mountain Hardware, The North Face.... those are good, but this Bibler Fitzroy is the best. While the others are blown to the ground with broken poles, the Bibler will be standing.

I wouldn't call the Fitzroy lightweight.  If I climbed lots of alpine peaks with heavy winds and snow then it might be a worthwhile option.  But I stick to the deserts and canyonlands, so it just wouldn't make sense to carry such a stormproof (and heavy) tent.  At just over 7lbs my back would hate me. 

My Sarvis SL1+ w/ eVent is perfect for me!

Man, and I always thought 7 lbs was light for a 3 person tent!!!  :icon_smile:

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Offline EdB

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2008, 03:00:43 PM »
Man, and I always thought 7 lbs was light for a 3 person tent!!!  :icon_smile:

It probably is, but that would be overkill for a solo backpacker.

I've only got 2 but that will most likely change in the next couple of years. I have an REI Roadster for backpacking and a Moss Olympic for winter camping.

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2008, 03:56:13 PM »
A solo backpacker could take a Bibler "I-Tent"...... very small, very light weight...



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Offline Peach

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2008, 11:29:28 PM »
Now the Eureka Marine Issue Military Tent looks great!  I forsee tent #8 in my near future!  Thanks!!

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2008, 01:03:33 AM »
For backpacking, you only need one tent - Bibler Fitzroy.

Single wall, waterproof/breathable, super strong, can set up yourself in a storm from the INSIDE......

Very light weight. Will outlast anything else on the market. Stronger than anything else on the market. Forget tents like Mountain Hardware, The North Face.... those are good, but this Bibler Fitzroy is the best. While the others are blown to the ground with broken poles, the Bibler will be standing.

I wouldn't call the Fitzroy lightweight.  If I climbed lots of alpine peaks with heavy winds and snow then it might be a worthwhile option.  But I stick to the deserts and canyonlands, so it just wouldn't make sense to carry such a stormproof (and heavy) tent.  At just over 7lbs my back would hate me. 

My Sarvis SL1+ w/ eVent is perfect for me!

Man, and I always thought 7 lbs was light for a 3 person tent!!!  :icon_smile:

I think 7 lbs isn't bad for a stormproof,4 season, 3 person tent, if you can divide the weight equally amongst the three people.
My concern would be that, since the Fitzroy is a single wall tent, one individual is going to get stuck carrying the entire tent body.
I would like to see a breakdown of the weights of the various parts. Tent body, stakes, guylines, 4 poles.
Bibler is great stuff though.
Like Sanjuro82, I can see its benefits in high alpine environments. Particularly in the winter months.
"...There is a pessimism about land which, after it has been with you a long time, becomes merely factual. Men increase; country suffers. " John Graves 'Goodbye to a River'

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2008, 01:13:05 AM »
A solo backpacker could take a Bibler "I-Tent"...... very small, very light weight...



That's a very nice tent. I might save 2 pounds and close to a couple of hundred bucks and skip over the I-Tent and
go with the Black Diamond One Shot, or save almost 2 pounds and still close to a couple of hundred dollars and go with the Firstlight.
That's if I was going to stay in the Bibler family.

Personally if I was carrying a tent in the desert, I would want more mesh. Like Sanjuro82's Sarvis SL1+ w/ eVent .
Plus.....eVent just rocks!  :eusa_dance:

"...There is a pessimism about land which, after it has been with you a long time, becomes merely factual. Men increase; country suffers. " John Graves 'Goodbye to a River'

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Offline bdann

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2008, 01:31:03 AM »
I really like the looks of that Sarvis SL1, is it still produced?  I don't see it on the Big Agnes website. 

....we need more gear threads...i love the gear threads. 
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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2008, 03:16:42 AM »
You guys so consciencious of your weight could also take the plastic off your swiss army knives and save a few grams... :icon_eek:

 


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