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Old 07-08-09, 12:29 PM
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okay so what's your favourate two man tent and why.
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Old 07-08-09, 12:58 PM
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I am pretty happy withe the MSR Fling. Light weight and very roomy. List price was kind of high but since they were closing it out I found it for less than half that. Not everyone like single wall tents though.
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Old 07-08-09, 01:14 PM
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One that keeps me dry............ duh.


oh.. to answer your question. At this time and until it wears out. My Big Agnes Seedhouse. Should need replacing in 5 years or so.

Not really kidding above. If it keeps me dry and doesn't weigh a ton.... it's a winner in my book.
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Old 07-08-09, 01:25 PM
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thank's boy's keep it comming.
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Old 07-08-09, 02:36 PM
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I don't have a two man tent I have an msr hubba tent that I really like.If I were to get a two man tent though it would be the msr hubba hubba.
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Old 07-08-09, 03:18 PM
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+1 on the MSR Hubba Hubba. I think it's a decent strength/weight/price compromise. Use with the available groundsheet.
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Old 07-08-09, 04:27 PM
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I'm a fan of the Eureka Spitfire 2 for the rare occasion when I need a 2 man tent. Big brother to the 1, it's tough, simple, plenty of room, 4.5 lbs, and cost less than $150. Plenty of mesh on the inner wall, 2 doors, and good peak height. Importantly, the bland color makes it harder to notice when stealth camping.
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Old 07-08-09, 04:44 PM
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The sizes of tents in the Big Agnus Copper Spur series seem larger than those of other manufacturers.

The CS2 might be big enough for a 74" both-side sleeper like me. It also has two doors (better egress and ventilation) with two vestibules (the downwind one for egress the upwind one for gear storage).

The CS1 would be fine for a back sleeper and it has a zippered access to the outer tent on the side opposite to the door so one could store there a pannier or two.

This tent selection process got easier for me once I determined my "sleeping footprint". Pad plus the overhanging shadows from my bent knees over both sides of the pad. This eliminated most one person tents from my consideration. The only one man tent that I could find that would fit my sleeping footprint was the Hilleberg Unna, but it has no vestibule.
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Sierra Designs "Lightning". Light (just a hair over 4lbs.), durable (5 years of biking, hiking and climbing, hailstorms and even snow), price (it won't break the bank), quick to set up (about 3 minutes max), roomy for a tent its size ( plenty of room for 2, and vestibule is large enought to store shoes and 2 sets of panniers under in a pinch).
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Old 07-08-09, 05:33 PM
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P.S. Pictures: The last picture was in Juntura, Oregon in 2007, shortly before a windstorm blew several trees down on the adjacent road. The tent did fine! The pictures are a compilation of 3 tours, one (2007)was a 3650 mile, cross country ride.
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Old 07-08-09, 06:31 PM
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Old 07-08-09, 06:59 PM
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So what is the use?

Its easy, why can not anyone find out what is the best free full shelter standing tent with medium to high quality tent poles.

Volum and weight should be the best in its class and it should keep you dry in heavy rain and have a minimum pack volum.

Its not more complicated that...


My guess: It is a free standing Mountain Hardwear, or a MEC or other copy. MSR i would not buy again after testing their so called solo tents.

Those of you that is living in tentland USA/CAN should be able to figutre out the winner within seconds.

If i could choose agian the Mountain Hardwear skyledge 2.0 (3 season) or a good copy "1,5 season" would be my best bet. Or the newer 2.1. but you pay more for nothing 2.0 versus 2.1.
Packaged Weight skyledge 4.71 lb / 2.14 kg.
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Old 07-08-09, 09:46 PM
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I just got my Sierra Designs Clipflashlight 2 for about $100 and like it a lot. I dont mind that its not free standing since its only an issue about 1/20 times I set it up and then I just use some extra rope or logs, or rocks, ect.. It weights about 3.5-4 pounds depending on stakes and lines. Some people complain that its really a 1.5 man tent but that suits me fine because I am usually solo and on the occasion when my GF comes with me, neither of us are big people and its fine. Plenty of room for me and my gear and lots of stretch space to spare.
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Old 07-09-09, 09:57 AM
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REI Quarter Dome. I love it, and it is well reviewed. Light, easy to set up and very well ventilated -- almost all screen. Very similar to the MSR Hubba Hubba, but costs less.
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Old 07-09-09, 10:45 AM
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REI Quarter Dome.
+1. I love mine.

I also love my REI Hobitat 4, but it's too heavy to take on tour.
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Old 07-09-09, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by jkg188 View Post
REI Quarter Dome. I love it, and it is well reviewed. Light, easy to set up and very well ventilated -- almost all screen. Very similar to the MSR Hubba Hubba, but costs less.
I've decided to grab one of these before my next trip. I'm waiting for the REI 20% off sale...
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Old 07-09-09, 11:57 AM
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REI Quarter Dome. I love it, and it is well reviewed. Light, easy to set up and very well ventilated -- almost all screen. Very similar to the MSR Hubba Hubba, but costs less.
+1 I love my older Quarter Dome. Got it cheap (~$60) at an REI Garage Sale. Haven't bike toured with it, but backpacked. It's a great little tent with lots of options. The newer ones have even MORE screen!
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I've decided to grab one of these before my next trip. I'm waiting for the REI 20% off sale...
There's a 20-30% off sale going on now, but the quarter dome isn't part of it. I was able to pick up a Hoodoo 3 for $180.
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I really like the REI Half Dome 2 tent:

http://www.rei.com/product/728308

Anybody compared this in use to the Quarter Dome T2? It seems that the T2 is a little smaller and a pound lighter.

If money were no object, I've been salivating over the Hilleberg tents, in particular the Allak or Staika:

http://www.hilleberg.com/2006%20Products/NewAllak.htm
http://www.hilleberg.com/2006%20Products/NewStaika.htm

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Old 07-10-09, 10:14 AM
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the reason i asked ,i have the hilleberg akto but i find it to small other than that it's a great tent.but do you guy's not find a tent that pitches inside first ,to be a pain in the ... especally when it's raining.like neilgunton if money was plentyful (it's not) i might consider the hilleberg nallo or nallo gt.pitch all in one but way to expensive.having looked at the rei half dome emm could be sold on that..thank's for all the replys.
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Old 07-10-09, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
There's a 20-30% off sale going on now, but the quarter dome isn't part of it. I was able to pick up a Hoodoo 3 for $180.
Are you using the Hoodoo 3 as a one, two or three person tent?
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Old 07-10-09, 10:38 AM
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Neil, I never used the Half Dome, but I remember a review when I bought my Quarter Dome (T2), that the Quarter Dome could be a bit small for 2 larger people. My wife and I are small and fit in the Q-dome just fine on a week trip. I would spring for the extra money for the extra screening in the Q-Dome, that really made it a unique tent in my experience, especially if you can get it on sale. I think I paid about $180 for it with REI discounts.
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having messed around with tents since the 1970's I've slept in, bought and sold many tents, likely owned 50+ different ones over the years.

i worked at a gear store, and tested gear for MSR when they were still owned by REI.

many good tents out there, no perfect ones.

I've been partial to the lightweight hoop tents for many years (Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight stands exemplar in this category) but recent freestanding tents have been very good.

Big Agnes is currently top of the heap for lightweight freestanding tents.

MY current favorite tent in my closet is a Black Diamond Lighthouse, a 3 pound two person EPIC canopied, single wall tent. it packs down to about the size of a nerf football and fits completely in a front pannier with lots of room to spare.

There are relatively new fabric technologies that are making for ultralightweight shelters.

Silicone coated nylons. gossamer weight netting. EPIC canopied tents made of ultracompact, uncoated, breathable water shedding fabrics.

Tarptents and single wall shelters also provide lightweight, very compressible shelters. Black Diamond megamid is exemplar in this category. their BD Megalight made would be a stellar, bring the bike inside tent if you sewed 18" of bug netting to the bottom of it. I've been looking for an olive drab silnylon pyramid shelter with little success.

try before you buy if possible. go to a store you can lay in a tent that is setup, many new tents are tight in the headroom to the extent many average height people have their heads and feet brushing the walls of the tent when in their sleeping bags.

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I've never used the REI Quarter Dome, but if it's engineered as well as my Half Dome, it's a great tent. I'm more impressed with the features and thoughtful engineering of my Half Dome each time I set it up.

Each of those little hanging cords and hooks have a purpose. I like the ability to roll up the sides of the rain fly for ventilation (most of the tent top itself is mesh) on cloudy nights with a chance of rain. Light rain, no problem. Heavy rain, unroll the sides of the fly and hook them to the stakes. Monsoon? The fly has excellent coverage with good ventilation and condensation control.

I tour in the summer time. On the warmest nights with no chance of rain, I don't put the rain fly on at all. Most of the top is mesh for the best ventilation and air flow. I have trouble sleeping in a sauna. I could never be happy with a single wall tent; others love the packable size and weight of them.

I'm 6'1" and I use a long sleeping bag. The Half Dome has plenty of length for me and good sitting height in case I get stuck in the tent for most of a day in the rain. Some evenings, I prefer to bring all of my panniers into the tent, especially if it looks like rain. The Half Dome gives me plenty of room for that.

I try to strike a balance between comfort (plus speed) on the bike and comfort (plus convenience) off the bike. The REI Half Dome hits the weight, comfort, and feature sweet spot for me.

Here's a picture of my Half Dome with the sides of the fly rolled up. It's in a crummy campsite with no table, so my bike is serving as my picnic table and laundry drying rack:


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Old 07-10-09, 01:46 PM
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xy great photo have you any photo's with you standing beside the tent, i just want to get an idea of height ,this is what i hate about my akto no head room ,well very little.
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