Inmates make for some of the best reviewers, here is my attempt at gathering some of the best reviews to date. Please PM me or post your review for linking in this first post. I certainly missed a lot and only grab the few that I knew of off the top of my head. I am trying to pick reviews which excel from the norm with detailed pictures and tips. Will edit and add more info as the thread grows. Will be adding a tips section for packing and supplies for repair and replacement parts. I don't think I will be adding vendors as deals change and the debate over where to get or not get gear is not worth it in this thread. DA Tent List: Big Agnes Big Agnes Muddy Slide 3 3 person Coleman Coleman Phad X3 Review 3 person MSRP $259.95 Kelty Kelty Pagosa 2 person MSRP $200 Mountain Hardware Mountain Hardware Hamerhead 2 tent review 2 person MSRP $255 Wedge 3 3 person (Partial review in thread) MSRP $240 Mountainsmith Mountainsmith Altura Review 1 person MSRP $70 MSR [/b]MSR Fling 2 person MSRP $289 REI Half Dome 2HC 2 person MSRP $169 REI Hoodoo 3 Tent 3 person MSRP $240 REI Quarter Dome T3 3 person MSRP $289 REI Quarter Dome T2 2 person MSRP $269 Vango Vango Omega 250 Tent Review 2 person (UK £99) Serria Designs Sirius 2 tent 2 person MSRP $149 Tengu 2 2 person MSRP $259.00 Tengu 3 3 person MSRP ? Poles: http://www.polesforyou.com/ http://www.fibraplex.com/tentpoles.htm http://www.questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm Stakes: Tipis and pointy things Kifaru - Kifaru 4 man Tipi and stove review Kifaru Da Tarps and poles list: REI Wing 10ft tarp Tent Tips: Packing: 1) Pack your poles seperately, this will allow you to pack your tent smaller in a seperate dry bag or compression bag. The seperated poles give you more options for placement in your panniers. Easier packing. 2) Spare dry bag or giant zip lock. Gives you more options if you have to pack away something wet like your rainfly or ground sheet. 3) Quart/gallon ziplocks. Cold,tired and muddy is a time you are least likely to clean off your tent stakes or guylines. Throw them in a seperate ziplock to keep the rest of your gear clean. SET-UP 1) Adjustable guy lines adapters make adjusting the guylines on tent or tarp much easier then makinn lots of knots: Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tighteners 2) Buy the ground sheet or make your own. Most tents come with an optional ground sheet. It si worth it to safe the bottom of your new home! Reg ular tarps work too and a grommet kit from a hardware store can custumize that sucka ti fit in now time! Tarp Tips: 1) Tarp poles: many tarp poles are too long to it in the panniers, You can always remove the shock cord and trim the ends an inch or 2 and then retie the shock cords so that you have a custom fit.