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Old 07-16-08, 10:11 PM   #1
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Expedition Tents

I just returned my 3 year old REI mountaineering tent because it had destroyed itself when I tried to use it. REI doesn't make that particular tent anymore, so I'm looking for a new one. Any suggestions?
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3 season? 4 season? How much space do you want? Weight an issue?

I have a cheap REI brand tent, weights just a few lbs, easy to pack, sets up in a few minutes. Great for 90% of my nights outside.

When I can afford to carry something heavier, I take my MSR Velo, its a bicycle touring tent, has a vestibule that can easily fit two bikes, or sleep three friends. Weighs 8lbs, dosent pack down all that small, and its a pain in the ass to setup alone, but if weather is bad, or I'm car or motorcycle camping, this is the tent I take. Once set up and tied down, It can deal with anything mother nature throws at it.
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I do (or did) a lot of winter mountaineering, so I need a strong 4 season tent. The REI tent I used was pretty decent, but it was heavy and started tearing on me rather quickly. I don't have a lot of money to spend on one. The Bibler er....Black Diamond Bombshelter is the Cadillac, but there's no way I can afford one.
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What size are you looking for?
I'm thinking about getting rid of a chunk of my backpacking gear.
My neck and backpacks just don't get along so well together any more.

My tent is no longer made either. I forgot its model name.
Mountain Hardwear 3/4 season, it has a zip out panel along it's top, so you can use it in warmer temps too.
Internal and external rigging.

Might be getting rid of my backpack too. Also a past model.
Arc'Teryx--H2O proof, basically a drybag with an internal frame--roll top closure, about 30L volume.
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Old 07-17-08, 07:44 AM   #7
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Anything Mountain Hardwear. It is all I use/have used....Excellent product.

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Three years and you returned it?

Did it have a lifetime warranty or something?
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Anything Mountain Hardwear. It is all I use/have used....Excellent product.

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Cate...t=1244&level=1
+1. Great, great tents, and great customer service. Can't whoop 'em.
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Three years and you returned it?

Did it have a lifetime warranty or something?
http://www.rei.com/help/returns.html

Anything you buy from them can be returned at anytime apparently.
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Kinda like the Sears of Sporting goods, eh?
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Yeah, but without the Toughskins.
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Every time I take Viagra I wake up in an expedition tent...just sayin.
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Yeah, but without the Toughskins.
In the huskay size!
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Every time I take Viagra I wake up in an expedition tent...just sayin.
Gee, not even a pup tent?!?!?!
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I have no tent suggestion- just wanted to express my love for REI and their take anything back for the rest of your life policy.
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Every time I take Viagra I wake up in an expedition tent...just sayin.
Luckily it is a one man tent, and the poles fold easily, right?
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Luckily it is a one man tent, and the poles fold easily, right?
Nothing better for mountin' expeditions.
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I see what you did there.
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I see what you did there.
I don't. Will you explain it to me?
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mountin' does not equal mountain.
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Oh, I get it. actually, no I still don't.
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...Any suggestions?
multiple 3-season tents, all discounted

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/d/3...mphike-_-tents
http://www.rei.com/outlet/category/22000022

Multiple tents, some discounted

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Category___250

edit: may not be as helpful as saying buy this one but until you've actually erected, tested and repacked you won't know if it's a keeper.
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The North Face Mountain 25, if you're partial to double-walls.

Mountain Hardware EV2 if you like single-wall. (Best feature is a zippered floor flap!)

Kelty Quartz (if you can get away with a 2-pole), Radiant or Orb if you need the stability of a 3 pole and you're on a budget.

Hilleberg, if money's no option and you don't need a freestander. Yeah, Bibler/BD is posh... but you haven't lived in expedition luxury until you've stayed in a Nallo GT or a Nammatj GT.
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Oh, I get it. actually, no I still don't.
mountin' expeditions = getting laid
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