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Old 03-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Question Recommend me the best Tent...

I've never camp before but I plan to do so in the future, however a situation has come up and I'll have to camp for one night with my oldest daughter (7 years old) in a few weeks. No bike related at this time...

Here's the deal..

Since I'll have to purchase a tent, I would rather purchase the right one than get a cheap one and throw it away soon after.

Since I know near to nothing about camping and related stuff I would like hear some recommendations on which gear (specs, brands, etc) I should look after .

Thanks for your advice...

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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Steep n Cheap had a good looking three person tent for $127 a couple of days ago, if budget matters you might look there. Sierra Designs, North Face, Marmot and a bunch of others all make good quality tents. I would look for something 3 season that is the size you want.

Hillebrand is the maker if your going to get into a who spent the most on their tent contest, I haven't owned one but I'm sure their nice.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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If you get a 2-person, look for vertical walls and a tall inside height (so you can sit up comfortably) - a 3-person will likely have greater dimensions in these regards, and a basic recreational tent will be less costly and should hold up well for occasional use.

These suggestions based on the fact that most kids LOVE camping and as for my son, his favorite part was being in the tent... its like a fort! Sitting up and playing cards, games, etc is more comfortable in more space. Plus, if she's not camped before (or often) camping out, even with Dad, can be scary so the safety of the tent might mean you spend more time in it rather than around a fire, etc.

And if it rains ... you already have enough space to be inside comfortable.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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If possible, try to visit your local outfitter. A tent might look good based on its specs, but it's pretty important to set it up and crawl around in it. If you've got an REI or similar store in your area, an opportunity to get inside, lie down, move around and really check it out will be invaluable. Don't forget places like Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain all sell tents too. We have a 4-man dome tent, and for my wife and I and our two kids, it's way too small. We're actually looking at upgrading to an 8 or 10 man, just to have plenty of room. Never underestimate the value of a large tent.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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Get the really expensive one that everyone is typically out of.

Call around frantically, and find one, only to race others to get there and find it gone.

Couple years ago, I was getting ready for a couple week long adventure, and was tent shopping. I read everything I could, and made a choice based on what I learned or wanted in a tent.

And then could not find one in stock anywhere.

This was the one, a quick search and I clicked on the first link, and walla, it's still OUT OF STOCK today, two years later.

I would have considered the two person one as well. Link below.

That must say something about the quality. I bought a shiddy no name tent instead.




http://www.nemoequipment.com/tents2012
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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Steep n Cheap had a good looking three person tent for $127 a couple of days ago, if budget matters you might look there. Sierra Designs, North Face, Marmot and a bunch of others all make good quality tents. I would look for something 3 season that is the size you want.

Hillebrand is the maker if your going to get into a who spent the most on their tent contest, I haven't owned one but I'm sure their nice.
Tents... like many other things in life, you get what you pay for.

As mentioned, the above brands will be quality. I'd also add Mountain Hardwear to the list.

Check REI.com for sales, and also mountaingear.com. Closeout tents are great deals, typically.

I will cast a vote for Sierra Designs. My favorite tent is a 2-3 person Meteor Light that my wife & I received as a wedding present... 18yrs ago. It's still the tent I use when I solo camp, but there is plenty of room for 2-3 people (or 2 people & a Labrador ). Rock solid, never leaks, everything works like it is supposed to, zippers still going strong, easy to put up, and packs small. We now have a 6-person Sierra Designs tent for our entire family, but it would be too big to pack on a bike.

Enjoy!
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:36 AM   #7
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Figure the number of folks that will occupy the tent, then add 1 to the number to reach the size of the tent you desire -- this'll have room for your gear and you.

Set a budget, and go look at actual, real world tents. This will help a great deal when you buy one . . . .

suggest you avoid tents with sleeves to contain the poles, but choose a test with hooks that allow the tent to hang form the pole . . . .

3 season will likely serve you well . . . .

as with so many other things, what is best for you may not be in the running for me . . . . . .
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:39 AM   #8
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Personally I like the Big Agnes Fly Creek tent. Lightweight, and extremely weather resistant.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
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Based on "never camped before and 7 years old" I can relate.

I have a Marmot 4 person, several hundred dollars, you know, two vestibules, two entrances, etc., very good tent. My High school daughter needed a tent for a weekend river campout with the school. I said "Not gonna take mine and ruin it." Went to Target and got this Coleman on sale for $49 thinking go ahead and destroy it. She had a great weekend. 12 year old son and I went camping on the bike and took the Coleman just so I could see how it did. Rained all night, not a drop of water got in, ventilation good even with the fly, plenty of room, packs very small, not backpacking small, but small enough. Kids can and will break anything, trip getting in and out, spill dinner inside, knock over everything moving about, you know, kid stuff.

This tent has held up beyond anything I expected, and yes it is not perfect and has flaws but when the kid and I go the Coleman goes.

This is the tent, not on sale:

http://www.target.com/p/coleman-rose...ot=medium_1_20

Not trying to talk you out of a better tent as I believe in quality, just a different perspective and no matter what you get your daughter will remember the camp out forever. Have fun.

Don't forget a footprint, it will save the day, I use an inexpensive tarp from Lowe's.

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #10
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My Big Agnes tent is the best quality tent I have owned. They sell very nice products.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:19 PM   #11
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The Nemo Losi 2 is a nice tent , I own one .
I like the look of the MSR Hoop tent too .
Exped tents are very good .
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #12
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Figure the number of folks that will occupy the tent, then add 1 to the number to reach the size of the tent you desire -- this'll have room for your gear and you.

Set a budget, and go look at actual, real world tents. This will help a great deal when you buy one . . . .

suggest you avoid tents with sleeves to contain the poles, but choose a test with hooks that allow the tent to hang form the pole . . . .

3 season will likely serve you well . . . .

as with so many other things, what is best for you may not be in the running for me . . . . . .
This is great advice.

And make sure you look for features suitable for your climate. If you're camping around Central America, you likely want something with good ventilation and rain protection.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #13
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Get something for 3 people, maybe in the 7x7, 7x9ish range, and a vestibule.

I don't agree about spending lots for a one nighter, first trip. Try to look at some at your local camping stores to give you an idea of floor space and height. Once you got the size figured out then it comes down to cost. I have a 50 buck tent that my daughter (now 11) and i have used 5-6 times a yr for the past few yrs motorcycle camping, still looks new and works great, and the only difference in that and a tent that costs 4x that is packed size, ease of setup and a few extras. But if you and daughter are car camping who gives a crap about minimal pack size and 3 extra minutes to set up.

Save the money on a tent and get a good bag with pad. With a tent, it only has to keep you dry, you can spend a 1000 bucks on a tent, but if you spend 30 bucks on a sleeping bag its gonna suck. Buy a 50 buck tent and a good mat and bag and you'll be in heaven.

Good luck and have fun with the daughter.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:34 PM   #14
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I've never camp before but I plan to do so in the future, however a situation has come up and I'll have to camp for one night with my oldest daughter (7 years old) in a few weeks. No bike related at this time...

Here's the deal..

Since I'll have to purchase a tent, I would rather purchase the right one than get a cheap one and throw it away soon after.

Since I know near to nothing about camping and related stuff I would like hear some recommendations on which gear (specs, brands, etc) I should look after .

Thanks for your advice...

Regards,
Mane
You don't have to buy a tent, you can rent one. Then you get some experience before dropping $350 on a decent tent.

Some self supporting tents have more guy lines than others. less is better. Then buy reflective lines to replace the originals.

Avoid Goretex. (single wall tents)

Get a footprint. it allows you to see the footprint of the tent on the ground. You then lay down and roll around on it to find the rocks and pine cones. You can also check to make sure the slope is ok. You want your head uphill.

Tents with big vestibules are nice.

Get a couple big cheap mesh duffles and store the tent fluffed up in them when you aren't using it. Only pack it down for a trip. Dust the coated side of any coated nylon with talcum powder before storage.

Stakes often suck. Test them on hard ground before a trip. Get good aluminum Y stakes as needed. If you will be on sand, get sand/snow stakes as needed.

4 season tents are sturdier than 3 season, but the may not have the headroom, which is nice. Cost more too.

Rain flys should be factory seam sealed.

Scotchgaurd everything before a trip.

Some tents have the poles running through sleeves, some have the tent hanging from the poles with clips. The clips are a lot easier to deal with in the dark, rain and when severely intoxicated.

REI has a lot of house branded stuff. Chinese made crap. Avoid. They are also often pretty expensive. I've owded 3 good tents, one was an REI 6 man expedition tent from the 60's or earlier. One pole up the middle and a lot of guy lines, snow tunnel entrance, tunnel ventilation for getting drifted over, etc. . You could stand in it next to the pole. killer tent. Only info I could find on it was some pics of an Everest expedition. Died the death of tent funk. (smelly deterioration of the coatings on the nylon). Then I had a Walrus 4 seasom. Didn't like the pole sleeves but excellent otherwise.. it got stolen. Now I have a Mountain Hardware 4 season. Great tent, not a ton of headroom. Will withstand anything. Has internal lines you can rig for severe wind. Fast to set up, no leaks, no bugs. Good volume at the shoulders.

Most good tents will have a couple interior side pockets. Overhead hanging loops are nice. Hang up your lantern. Gear lofts only for the hardcore, they kill headroom.

Lot of contenders here, I would lean towards the Mountain Hardwear and Marmot tents:

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/tents~d~228/
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:47 AM   #15
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I'd be leery of buying the "best equipment" if you never camped before. Like trying to buy the perfect motorcycle when you're just learning to ride.

If you start camping and enjoy it, you'll quickly decide what works for YOU, and then you can decide what is the "best" tent.

This is a steal for $80:





http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/produ...ductId=1402472

Reviews indicate that Alps is very good quality for the price point. Only knock on this model, which matters to some folks and not to others, is that it isn't free standing. The poles don't connect or cross each other, rather it uses the tie-out stakes tension the roof, rather than poles. As long as you can pound a stake into the ground, or find melon-sized rocks to anchor the corners, this works fine. This design helps increase improve headroom, and reduce weight.

It is pretty light, and packs pretty small. I like side entry much better than end, and having 2 doors and 2 vestibules.

I wouldn't choose a 2-person tent for 2 adults, but the 2-person size should be fine for 1 + a 7 year old, and perfect for solo.

I bought the same tent from Steep and Cheap last Fall, but as it is still winter here, it has not be used yet.
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