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Old 05-08-2009, 09:49 PM
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Just wondering what everyone else out there is using when it comes to tents for backpacking. Since the bear incident, I've got to get a new tent before I head west. Weight and packed size (dimensions) are important to me but so is not breaking the bank. My last tent was a Big Agnes Sarvis SL with eVent but they don't make that one anymore. Right now I'm leaning towards the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 2 but I'm open to suggestions. The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 is very cool also and weighs almost nothing but I would like a tent that could handle two people in a pinch (I like a roomy tent by myself). As you can tell, I am partial to the Big Agnes tents but would like to hear what others have to say on other brands as well... Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:52 PM
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Anything Sierra Designs makes.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:31 PM
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cubefisher, anything in particular you like about the Sierra Designs tents? I have looked at them but am not real impressed with the weight and pack size on their products. I will say that I have heard lots of good stuff about the Clip Flashlight tent though... Also, any particular model that you really like? I'm probably wanting a 2 person tent...
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:36 PM
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My dad and I have the kelty grand mesa 2 tent and we like it a lot.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:00 AM
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Kelty or MSR...MSR is like the un "Official" tent of the AT. Pricey but more than likely worth the dough. I've got a buddy's Kelty. 2 man, takes about 3 minutes to fully set up. Simple!

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Old 05-09-2009, 12:00 AM
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PA, I have a Kelty Gunnison 2.1 and really like it. Its more of a car camping tent that you can backpack with (its about 5.5lbs), rather than the Seedhouse which is a truer backpacking tent. The farthest down the trail I would take (have taken) our Kelty is about 3-5 miles. Its not meant for multi-day trips on the AT, but its a good basecamp tent...

REI has some good stuff on their website with lots of reviews. Big Agnes has a great reputation and if you want to stay ultralight, its probably the way to go...
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:35 AM
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You might want to check out some of the REI tents if you're on a budget. I have a Half-Dome that's gotten me through all sorts of weather. It's built surprisingly well for a value tent. I'm sure you won't want the half-dome, due to it being a bit heavy (5lb-ish), but you might consider the Quarter Dome T2 (<$200). REI has a great return policy also, if you decide it's not something you want to keep.

For backcountry trips I use a Hilleberg Akto (solo). It's one of the best investments I've made.

My friend has a Big Agnes Copper SL 2, which he raves about. I was able to check it out a couple of weeks ago when we hiked back to #47 on Raven Fork. It's a solid tent for being so light; it's quite roomy too. A bit expensive though. Your best bet may be the Seedhouse that you're already considering.
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I have a big agnes seedhouse sl3 and love it. It offers plenty of ventilation and has weathered a few heavy storms with no problems at all. I definitely love mine and wouldn't hesitate to buy another big agnes product.
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I upgraded to Big Aagnes Seedhouse 1 last year. Very easy to setup and packs down well. It's not the SL, so I got a great deal on it.
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I have the MSR Zoid 1 and love it! It's right at 4 pounds.

My friend liked it so well he bought the Zoid 2 - for a little more room.

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