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November 15th, 2013, 9:18 pm #11

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Ian, you mentioned the Eureka Timberline SQ 2xt 2 Vestibule Tent (http://www.tentcityoutfitters.com/p/74/ ... ibule-tent ).

There's a couple of aspects to this tent its hard to get info on regarding "2 doors w #8 zippers high low venting
1 attached vestibule w vent and rear wing shelter". In an effort to understand what the doors' "high low venting" means, and what they mean by "rear wing shelter", I searched amongst online videos.

The only helpful video I found was athttp://youtu.be/G4qBN8lMLJs . While the narrator doesn't sound like a very experienced camper, she does actually crawl in through the "back-door" and tour around inside the tent.

Here are some screen-captures from it, of the tent's front-door-vestibule area ...







It looks to me like each end has a zippered screen door and an inner 'door' that can be 'tied-back'. It's unclear to me whether these door panels are zippered shut or merely 'tied-down'. Anyone know? I'm wondering if this tent is a viable combination of front-door-vestibule and back-door-window?

Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
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November 15th, 2013, 10:26 pm #12

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Just to add a twist, have you ever tried a hammock Barry? I don't own one myself, but it seems like a very popular option these days. I have thought about getting one before, but have not tried it yet. If that's an option, I'm sure there are lots of people with hammock experience on this forum.

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November 16th, 2013, 12:29 am #13

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
I just came across tripperScott's suggestion on the forum, from back in 2011 .. http://www.network54.com/Forum/352882/t ... +solo+tent

The Eureka El Capitan 2 AC with good height, good floor area, mesh & panel doors .. but its nearly 8 pounds! But like others have said, no need to take a 1 or 2 pound tarp!



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http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
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November 19th, 2013, 10:16 pm #14

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
With plenty of time to make up my mind, I'm still mulling over all the various tent features, styles and designs. Just to share my "mulling", here's a number of the tents I've been examining ...



Eureka has a feature of a couple of their tents called "Hi/low Venting", by which the doors have both mesh and fabric (which can be zippered up and down to control ventilation). That appeals to me!

Barry Bridgeford
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http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
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November 19th, 2013, 11:25 pm #15

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Same company but different tent and I don't see it on the last list you posted. Its from Eureka and its called the Tetragon2. It looks like your old tent that your retiring.
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November 19th, 2013, 11:43 pm #16

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
If I ever buy another tent, I'm pretty sure it will come from here:

http://www.hilleberg.com/home/products/all-tents.php
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November 20th, 2013, 3:08 pm #17

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Tunnel tents are good for quick set-up time and large vestibule space.... also streamlining in high winds. The most critical feature of a good tent could be it's ability to withstand high winds and rain the one percent of the time when a bad storm hits

I still have the old tent that Cliff Jaconben refers to below... he and Gary McGuffin helped design this newer one made by Eureka.


TEN ESSENTIALS FOR WILDERNESS CANOEING


A BOMBPROOF TENT THAT HAS A HUGE VESTIBULE. My favorite tent as long been the no longer manufactured Cannondale Aroostook, with its twin 6-foot long vestibules. New for 2008 is the Eureka! Tundralinea significantly improved version of the Aroostook. Gary McGuffin and I had considerable input on the design...




http://www.piragis.com/cliffjacobson/cl ... esv46.html

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November 21st, 2013, 1:11 pm #18

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
All my tent selection efforts were for naught. The choice was made for me by serendipity. Yesterday evening my wife and I went to a function near where we live, where door prizes tickets were being drawn. Early on in the evening my wife was drawn the door prize of a classy coloured water bottle. I patiently waited, hoping I might also get a door prize. It was right near the end of the evening and I was becoming resigned to going home 'empty-handed'. Then a Marmot tent was announced and they drew my ticket!

So, I'm now the proud owner of a Marmot Astral 3 person tent. It weighs in at just over 6 pounds and has tons of room! Considering I won't have to take along my 2 pound tarp, I'll be saving about 1 1/2 pounds in weight over my old tent set-up, and will have room to spare!

http://marmot.com/products/details/astral-3p





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http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
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November 21st, 2013, 1:32 pm #19

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Wow,congrats,great looking tent!
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November 21st, 2013, 1:48 pm #20

I've acquired some good camping gear over the years. However, I confess to having hung on to my original "backcountry" economy 7'x7'x45", 6 pound, 2 person tent from the late-90's and to having used it year-after-year like a nostalgic fool hanging on to a security blanket. Well, the tent's floor is getting "pervious", its door zipper is getting "iffy" and I'm wondering if I can find a lighter replacement for my aging 6'1" lanky old body.



Over the past weeks, I've been searching online and have checked out local stores. I've come to the realization that the latest generation of backcountry tents typically incorporates the combination of simple mesh door and opaque "vestibule" door which result in one being enclosed in a blind opaque bubble until such time as one exits one's mesh bug-proof enclosure, enters the bare ground enclosure to unzip the vestibule's sloped door and then risk being drenched by rain .. all just to get a look at exterior conditions!

The feature of my old tent that I've enjoyed so much is being able to unzip its door's opaque top half, so as to be able to look out through its remaining mesh to look outside .. all from the dry interior of the tent!

So what I'm looking for is a tent from the previous generation style .. maybe with two solid&mesh doors, non-mesh lower walls, full rain-flys which extend out over the doors, with an interior peak height of at least 45" and which weighs no more than 6 pounds.

I'm getting the impression that the main "quality" tent makers aren't producing this kind of tent any more. All I've been able to come up with is the likes of the Ascend H2.2 tent, which may not even be available here in Canada.







Does anyone have other tent suggestions?


Barry Bridgeford
http://www.AlgonquinAdventures.com
http://www.ABRweb.ca .. Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists - Caring for Algonquin's Backcountry
http://www.abrweb.ca/docs/ABR-LNT-L50S.pdf .. Backcountry of Algonquin Park Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics
Wow that is a BEAUTY tent!
The Powers that BE certainly turned for you.

Truly envious!

Tell me, did you already set it up in your house? K guess the weather is still fine and good, so maybe outside?

Next, did you lay in it and make your wife come in? I did that last February with my new Apex 3.

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