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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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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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    Here is mine:

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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

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Three years and you returned it?

    Did it have a lifetime warranty or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crdean1 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Every time I take Viagra I wake up in an expedition tent...just sayin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Yeah, but without the Toughskins.
    In the huskay size!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    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.
    yay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    mountin' does not equal mountain.
    Oh, I get it. actually, no I still don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    ...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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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Oh, I get it. actually, no I still don't.
    mountin' expeditions = getting laid

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