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Old 01-24-2013, 08:47 PM   #71
Adios Pantalones
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Originally Posted by GSBS View Post
...Your most wisely spent money will be in your choice of sleeping pad and sleeping bag, regardless of the tent you select.

In a cold hard rain I could be really comfortable on my 3.5" thick Downmat sleeping pad and 0 down bag even if water were puddling on the tent floor of a cheap tent. But in the same weather it could be miserable in a $500 tent with a poor sleeping pad/sleeping bag. Just sayin'...
+1

The other thing not mentioned in this thread is noise. A better quality tent will be much, much quieter in the wind.
Nothing worse than a cheap tent flapping away all night and keeping you awake.

As mentioned above, a quality pad and bag is mandatory.

NOTHING on your trip will be fun if you aren't rested.
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