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Many, many tents......

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Offline lighter fluid

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2008, 09:54:22 PM »
I really like the looks of that Sarvis SL1, is it still produced?  I don't see it on the Big Agnes website.

I found this August 2005 review with a comment about the EVent fabric which may explain its disappearance:
Tip: If you want a shelter made with eVent, get it now. The fabric doesn't meet fire-resistance standards enforced in some states, and eVent will not be available in 2006 shelters.

ah....but eVent is still available in some shelters!

http://www.prolitegear.com/cgi-bin/prolitegear/pl_ig_southcolbiv
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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2008, 10:13:52 PM »
I currently have 7 tents as well!  In chronological order from acquired date:

An old junker my wife had when I met her in 1998:


I have an old A-frame that I don't have a decent picture of and haven't used in several years.

REI Trail Dome 2 (aquired in 1999)
I have spent 68 nights in this tent.


REI Taj 3 (aquired in 2004)
I have spent 13 nights in this tent.


Marmot Halo 6 (acquired in 2005)
I have spent 17 nights in this tent.


Kelty Crestone 1 (aquired in 2005)
I have spent 11 nights in this tent.


Kelty Gunnison 4 (aquired in 2007)
I have spent 5 nights in this tent.


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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2008, 10:17:58 PM »
I think I really like the REI Taj 3....oh so many tents....so little time.... :willynilly:

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2008, 01:20:50 AM »
I think I really like the REI Taj 3....oh so many tents....so little time.... :willynilly:

I really like my Taj 3.  It's a bit bulky and heavy packed but for car camping it's perfect.  I've probably spent 30-40 nights in it over the years and the tent is still in good condition.  I really like the fact that there's so much mesh in the roof.  Makes for some great star gazing, especially out in the Big Bend.



I really like the looks of that Sarvis SL1, is it still produced?  I don't see it on the Big Agnes website.

I found this August 2005 review with a comment about the EVent fabric which may explain its disappearance:
Tip: If you want a shelter made with eVent, get it now. The fabric doesn't meet fire-resistance standards enforced in some states, and eVent will not be available in 2006 shelters.

I remember hearing about that a few years back, and it's too bad really.  eVent is just awesome!  Thanks to the eVent fabric, I never have to worry packing a rainfly with my Sarvis SL1.  And the fabric breathes so well that there never any condensation along the walls when I wake up.  It's really quite amazing stuff.

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2008, 12:50:04 PM »
If you count specialized backpacking tarps as tents, I guess I have about 6 or 7 tents as well.  But I'd like to bring just one of them to your attention.

On my first trip out to the BB with my wife we took this.


On this particular trip we camped out at Tally 2 - a very exposed site located close to the trail up to the rim of Mariscal Canyon.  That night the wind began to blow out of the south and continued to pick up through the night.  Sometime around 2 a.m. the wind got the better of our Coleman POS and it went down with broken poles.  We "slept" the rest of the night in the pick-up.  When we arrived the next morning at Castolon, we found out that the wind got up to a sustained 60 mph that night.  Ok...maybe the Coleman wasn't a complete POS...there are many good tents that will not stand up to 60 mph sustained winds.

After returning home I started researching good car camping tents that are built for the conditions that BB can throw at you.  I found this one.

It's the one on the left.

It is made by Paha Que and is their Temescal Creek line.  Here's the website for the tent.

Yes, it has verticle walls and stands about 7 feet high, yet it has proven itself so far to be virtually bullet proof.  The key to its sturdiness lies in the heavy duty pole design and the 8 stake down points on the tent itself, along with the additional 8 guy line stake points.  I tossed out the stakes that come with and replaced them with 10 inch nail pegs.

With the nail pegs I need a hand sledge to drive them into just about anything and a pry bar to pull them out.

So far we've used the tent in the Basin through a night that brought thunderstorms and heavy winds (40 mph gusts) and in BBRSP for 2 nights during sustained 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts.  The tent doesn't budge.  In fact the tent is almost silent in these types winds.

Just thought I'd throw this out there and let you all know this is a great buy and works well in the conditions BB can deliver.

« Last Edit: April 28, 2008, 01:04:15 PM by Ay Chihuahua! »

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2008, 02:16:44 PM »

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2008, 02:48:17 PM »
I don't have the cash to drop on a $400 tent, I've had quite a collection of cheap Academy tents over the years.  Never had a failure.   :crossedfingers:  If you set them up right, they will keep you dry and hold up to considerable wind (for the most part & certainly not the 60mph wind Ay Chi had to deal with).

A little heavy to be hauling up to the South Rim, but there it stands anyway.  Easy setup, stays dry in storms, lots of mesh in the top for great star gazing.  Really not a bad tent at all and it set my brother back a whopping 39.99 at Academy.


This is a Moutainsmith Satellite one man bivy style tent I gave my brother for his birthday last year.  It's very similar to the Eureka Solitaire that I have, but seems a little roomier inside.  It weighs about 3 pounds.  It's not pitched very well in this photo.


Here's a tent I wouldn't wish on anyone.  I bought three of these things for 19.99 each for my 2nd backpacking trip at BIBE.  They suck.  Small, light as can be, easy to setup...but NO ventilation and very flimsy, you'd be screwed in heavy wind.  Condensation is such a problem that we all woke up with ICE on the tops of our sleeping bags every morning.  I guess that over time this memory started to fade, because I took one of them on a solo trip to Caprock Canyons SP awhile back and had to deal with water dripping on my face all night.  I threw them all in the trash when I got home.


Not a great photo of it, but I bought this tent at the Wal-Mart in Canyon, Texas in 1999.  I've used it countless times and it endured the strongest wind I've ever encountered while at BIBE.  I also had it in Boot Canyon once during an all night downpour and it kept us nice and dry.  It's sem-retired now.


Don't get this one out much because it's a little on the GIANT size.  But for such a large tent it's easy to setup...another "Academy Tent".  Served KDANN and I well on an extended trip at Chickasaw National Recreation Area.


Red/White/Blue tent is a Coleman that belongs to my youngest brother Jon.  I've camped in it a few times, recently in a very heavy thunderstorm and it kept us dry. 


And then my little Eureka Solitaire, Christmas gift from my wife, 2006.


And I have another I can't find a photo of, but it's the most plain jane basic dome tent money can buy.

....I'm posting all these pics of tents to keep Homero happy...  :icon_lol:
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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2008, 03:23:52 PM »
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I don't have the cash to drop on a $400 tent
Yeah...the Paha Que's are a little pricy, but the $400 tag you see is MSRP.  You can find them cheaper.  I got mine for $260.  Looking at Google Shopping I see them for a little over $300...but that's still pricy.

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #38 on: April 28, 2008, 04:10:17 PM »
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I tossed out the stakes that come with and replaced them with 10 inch nail pegs.

With the nail pegs I need a hand sledge to drive them into just about anything and a pry bar to pull them out.

So far we've used the tent in the Basin through a night that brought thunderstorms and heavy winds (40 mph gusts) and in BBRSP for 2 nights during sustained 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts.  The tent doesn't budge.  In fact the tent is almost silent in these types winds.

Just thought I'd throw this out there and let you all know this is a great buy and works well in the conditions BB can deliver.



I use the pegs too.  Was introduced to them on my last trip to BIBE. 

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #39 on: April 28, 2008, 04:11:48 PM »
For basic car camping, I think this tent from L.L. Bean looks pretty nice. Has a main room, and a 'porch'.....

http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?page=king-pine-dome-tent&categoryId=53082&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&parentCategory=500106&cat4=1096&shop_method=pp&feat=500106-tn&np=Y


This one would probably be handy with my 7 year old.  She seems to always track half the desert into the tent when we go to BIBE.

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #40 on: April 28, 2008, 06:37:37 PM »
Giant Coleman Base Camp Tent. Big enough to hold a Kingsize inflatable matress and still have room for chairs, clothes, etc. 16 ft long!



Backcountry North Face - easy set up, less than 4 lbs pack weight, good in the wind and dry in the rain - $130.00

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #41 on: April 28, 2008, 07:54:55 PM »
Quote from: BDann wrote:
This is a Moutainsmith Satellite one man bivy style tent I gave my brother for his birthday last year

 My Birthday is coming up on August 10th...looking forward to your surprise! :icon_wink: :icon_lol:


Quote from: BDann wrote:
....I'm posting all these pics of tents to keep Homero happy... 

 O.K. this is turning in to a cult thing, of some sort?...last i want to have is to meet somebody from the board, and all of a sudden they start to go: We're not worthy...we're not worthy...get the idea?. :nailbitting:.

  You started this Goldilocks !!! :willynilly:
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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2008, 08:09:49 PM »

 O.K. this is turning in to a cult thing, of some sort?...last i want to have is to meet somebody from the board, and all of a sudden they start to go: We're not worthy...we're not worthy...get the idea?. :nailbitting:.

 


Hey whatever happened to that emoticon anyway? :icon_lol:

Homero, you're worth the attention..... :icon_cool: Enjoy it!

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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2008, 08:10:25 PM »
For basic car camping, I think this tent from L.L. Bean looks pretty nice. Has a main room, and a 'porch'.....

http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?page=king-pine-dome-tent&categoryId=53082&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&parentCategory=500106&cat4=1096&shop_method=pp&feat=500106-tn&np=Y


 This is a nice Tent...a porch?...i would settle  for a Porsche...but...a Porch?. :icon_eek:

 BDann's tents look cool....


Badknees...could this be the one you are talking about?





Coleman Montana Big Sky ELITE Tent

  It is more than obvious i am having alot of fun, with the URL's........but, am i that transparent? :icon_rolleyes:
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Re: Many, many tents......
« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2008, 08:28:20 PM »
Homero, you have seen my blog motto and I think you are coming closer to having toooo much fun than anyone else. I love it. Keep it up big fellow.

 


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