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4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:56:58 PM »
Hi All,
Looking for a newer lighter tent for the wife and myself +gear. Preferably under 6 Lbs but for a 4 season that seems to be difficult. Price not much of an issue at this point (although trying to keep it under $700).
I would appreciate any advice/suggestions on this.
Thanks in advance!
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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 04:25:47 PM »
I would ask what is your intended use for this tent. It is virtually impossible get a light weight 4 season tent. You want to look for ability to handle wind and snow load or ability to shed snow load so steep sides. You can enhance heat retention ( almost an oxymoron in a tent) with an extra tarp covering/windbreak. I have successfully used my Eureka Alpine 4 man tent and vestibule for winter camping and it served well.
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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 04:35:03 PM »
We go backpacking and camping. Traditionally only three seasons but this year I may convince the wife for winter :) I am not looking for it as a long term accommodation, no longer than a week at a time. My current is rather hefty 2 person 3 season at over 9 lbs. (Walmart special). The extra tarp windbreak I feel is very important. The peak not as much as am usually pretty good at picking/creating a somewhat sheltered spot from direct overhead snow. (Although won't complain if I can find one that has a great peak as well!)
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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 05:13:25 PM »
Eureka timberline 4 man is about 8 lbs all in. Vestibule is extra.

http://store.eurekatent.com/timberline-4-tent

I also have this in the 2 man at about 6 lbs.
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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 05:20:38 PM »
Malark,

I will update this with a link shortly.

But the style of tent you seek could be accomplished with a geodesic dome tent - 4 pole for the main tent and possibly one more pole for the vestibule, 5 pole total. geodesic domes are some of the strongest tent designs out there. North Face, Eureka and others use this design for their high end mountaineering tents.

I will be right back and update a link to a tent I think may work for you and your family.

Mountainman.

Here is the link:

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23897#




Here is a lighter tent, but it will not be as strong:

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___28442#



This is not a traditional backpacking tent, but may work:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents-Shelters/Outfitter-Tents|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104481180/Cabelas-Outback-Lodge-Tent-150-8-x-8/735044.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Foutfitter-tents%2F_%2FN-1100672%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104481180%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown%253Bcat104795280%253Bcat104779080&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104795280%3Bcat104779080%3Bcat104481180



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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2014, 10:41:54 AM »
places to look

outward bound
mountain equipment coop
sail
cabellas

winter weight is less of an issue if you have a sled, put in a canvas tarp or tent with small stove and pipes
kw surplus in kitchener has 5 stores, they sell used parachutes for $99 they make excellent inside inserts for added air insulation. you can use them in summer alone as a tent as well, so good value.

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2014, 01:31:18 PM »
I would try to look at the tents they use for Mount Everest. You see them in the base camp scenes. Those guys don't use crap. It has to withstand snow and high winds.

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014, 09:38:25 PM »
fleetway,

Solid recommendation. Also, note that JAB brought up the point of it being difficult to find lighweight 4 season tents. Bomb-proof Everest or K-2 mountaineering tents are very tough but not very light. We who have lived in tents for more than a weekend will tell you, get a damn good tent, even if it weighs more than 4 pounds.

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014, 09:55:44 PM »
What about using a big ice fishing shelter?  They're heavy (to carry), but are designed for winter use.
These look nice:
http://clamoutdoors.com/clam_outdoors/

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 01:08:37 AM »
I only ever use a tarp for all seasons so I can't say much for this post, sorry.

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2014, 09:05:07 AM »
Ended up with a Big Agnes Lynx 3. Can be setup in less than a minute and great for the wife and I!
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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2014, 11:09:05 PM »
Malark,

Glad to hear you have found your new portable home.  :)

Once you get a few more trips under your belt, mind posting a review of your new tent?? Please, tell us the good points/features and things that you would like to see improved.

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Re: 4 season/3 person lite/ultralite tent - suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2014, 07:02:52 AM »
This tent has been great! I have used it about 8-9 times now, mostly for 3-4 day trips. Its is light weight at just over 5 pounds including the rain fly. The tent and fly fit into a compression sack much better than their original bag and the poles slide by themselves easily into any pack. A nice rectangular shape so two people can lie comfortably without hitting each other or the edges of the tent. Not that hitting the edges is an issue with the fly being held out from the tent.

Pros:
- Light weight, easy to transport
- Can setup solo in less than a minute including fly. (Add a minute or so if staking is desired)
- Fly nearly goes to ground and has a good spread. (Its rained every trip I took it on this year and no moisture yet inside the tent)
- Vestibule by front door, great spot for extra gear and boots.

Cons:
- One Door on the long side. So with two people there is a lot of shifting, crawling over in the middle of the night if the person away from the door wants out.
- The Vestibule while handy could have been better designed. I haven't been able to open it and get out without some wetness on me (Dew or rain) as it doesn't fold back the greatest.
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