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IntrepidXJ
May 9th, 2008, 12:20
Looking to upgrade to a quality tent, but not looking to spend too much. It will be for either myself or with my girlfriend. Mostly will be carried in my Jeep with us (not hiking or backpacking) so weight is not a huge issue for us.

Just curious what all of you are using, and what you like about it?

I certainly want something easy to setup, and being waterproof would probably be good, too :)

So....what do you recommend?

(...and no, I am not interested in a RTT)

IslanderOffRoad
May 9th, 2008, 12:24
The best tent I've ever bought is an REI Half Dome. I got it when I was a scout back in 1996, after I saw how easy the one my friend had went up.

Probably the best investment I've ever made in camping gear. I'm still using the tent today, and I am a very heavy user of my camping equipment (now a scout leader).

Its a bit pricey at $109.00 but its a quality piece of equipment. I can set it up myself no problem, and I finally put my first tear in the pole guide holes this year.

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

IslanderOffRoad
May 9th, 2008, 12:25
As for waterproofing, a rain fly works great for that IMO. You can also just get some scotch guard for it.

IntrepidXJ
May 9th, 2008, 12:43
Its a bit pricey at $109.00 but its a quality piece of equipment. I can set it up myself no problem, and I finally put my first tear in the pole guide holes this year.


i guess i should be more specific on my pricing. i'm looking to spend between $100-200.....I am not looking to spend $300+ on a tent....so your recommendation is right in my price range. thanks

karstic
May 9th, 2008, 13:32
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2

We have the Hammerhead 3 (Me, wife and 65# labrador).

We've had it in rain, snow, high winds in rain and snow.

Quality construction that will last. After seeing some of the summer weather that CO can throw at you a tent would not be where I want to skimp on quality.

rokclimbertx
May 9th, 2008, 14:33
REI is having a sale thru this sunday, might wanna check them out online rei.com... also their outlet has decent deals now & then, rei-outlet.com...

i've also seen okay prices at campmor.com...

that half dome mentioned is a great tent

ocean_jet
May 9th, 2008, 17:07
For a basic two person tent, I highly recommend a Coleman. Sure, you're not going to spend a bunch of cash, but I can attest that ours has been absolutley great.

I gave my wife a bad time for buying a "cheap" Coleman when she got it, but it has been excellet.

Fairly easy to put up, completely rainproof with the rainfly on, and very easy on the wallet.

I think ours is called an "Alpine", but it looks a lot like this one, just in a differnt color:
http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=2000000133&categoryid=11020

I think she got it for $35 about 10 years ago.

We've taken that tent to many many places, and used it many times. We've weathered Sierra thunderstorms, including a minor flood once (and we stayed totally dry inside), and huge wind storms in the desert. We've used it easily 100 nights (plus it's been loaned out several times), and it has never given me any problems at all. It still works good as new.

I have 3 other tents, and this one has held up as well as any, $100+ tent I have.

Prepmech
May 9th, 2008, 19:02
Randy,
Stay away from REI, if their politics concern you, I've heard some pretty bad things about their views on public lands. Its been mentioned several times here and over at ExPo.

Scratch that... after searching both for the last half-hour I can't find anything. It must have been just another bad dream. I can start shopping at REI again!

IllianaXJ
May 9th, 2008, 21:24
We're really happy with our Eureka! 4-person tent. It sets up quickly with one person (although it is easier with 2) and I really like the fact it has 8 stake straps, so no worries about wind.

Have you looked into tent cots? There is a decent thread on ExPo on that subject, I have been thinking about picking a single-wide for solo Jeep trips.

iluv83vettes
May 10th, 2008, 08:40
Randy,
Stay away from REI, if their politics concern you, I've heard some pretty bad things about their views on public lands. Its been mentioned several times here and over at ExPo.

Scratch that... after searching both for the last half-hour I can't find anything. It must have been just another bad dream. I can start shopping at REI again!

I remember what you are talking about and it was something about how they wanted to close trails for vehicles and have them only open to hikers or something.

DrMoab
May 10th, 2008, 08:43
I remember what you are talking about and it was something about how they wanted to close trails for vehicles and have them only open to hikers or something.
All you have to do is walk into an REI to see what their politics are like.

Locally the 4wd clubs are pretty vocal about them and they are pretty much on any locals DO NOT SHOP black list.

Prepmech
May 10th, 2008, 11:10
Wow, this thread has been an emotional roller coaster for me. :confused1 So, looks like it is back to not shopping at REI again.

rokclimbertx
May 10th, 2008, 11:32
hey randy...

i have a kelty gunnison 4 i'd be happy to let go... used it twice so it's still like brand new...

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IntrepidXJ
May 19th, 2008, 10:49
Well, after looking around at our local outdoor stores, we finally settled on the Kelty Grand Mesa 4. The 2 person tents were just too short for me, and were just too small for the both of us.

Our new tent should be here this week, and we should get to try it out this weekend :)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PDSFLqtnL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

http://kelty.com/kelty/products.php?type=8&cat=61&id=131

rokclimbertx
May 19th, 2008, 10:50
looks like a good one...

OverlandZJ
May 19th, 2008, 11:17
Kelty is a respected manufacturer, you should be happy with your purchase.

Glad to see you went with a 4 person tent, as a rule i always cut the capacity in half to get an idea of how many can fit with some comfort and space for gear.

IntrepidXJ
May 27th, 2008, 11:43
The tent works well this weekend. We got to camp after dark, and had to set it up for the first time......and it took us less than 5 minutes. It also rained hard all night, and the tent kept us dry. Space inside was good for both of us and some gear. We are happy with it :)

http://myxj.net/g2/d/120310-2/IMG_3849.JPG

XJedi23
July 3rd, 2008, 15:27
looks like a good one...

Been looking for a 4 person for 2 people and a dog. this tent looks like the one. thanks guys, and down with REI.

mage
July 10th, 2008, 17:17
I got this I love it.. Great for two!!!

easy set up, fits one 84"x32" cot.... and looks bad ass too

http://www.eurekatent.com/p-67-assault-outfitter-4.aspx

Shop around... I found a place in canada and got it for under $200 ... but that was awhile ago when the dollar had value.

FlexdXJ
July 10th, 2008, 18:41
As much as i would like to have a really good tent. My 20 dollar wally world special will work excellent for me:D

IntrepidXJ
July 10th, 2008, 19:09
As much as i would like to have a really good tent. My 20 dollar wally world special will work excellent for me:D

that's what i thought....until it fell apart and started leaking badly in rain. then i realized it is worth it to invest in a quality tent if you are going to be using it frequently

FlexdXJ
July 10th, 2008, 19:15
if it rains i will sleep in the Jeep:D I understand where you are coming from but i only use a tent a few times a year

Roxtar
July 28th, 2008, 15:22
Good call on going bigger.
Two person tents really aren't.
I love my Marmot Equinox but two people?
Riiiiiiiight

Harlee&Tahoe
July 29th, 2008, 09:59
All you have to do is walk into an REI to see what their politics are like.

Locally the 4wd clubs are pretty vocal about them and they are pretty much on any locals DO NOT SHOP black list.I'm glad I bought my REI "Half Dome" before the Jeep.

This doesn't mean I should toss it now, does it?:huh:
I use it to store stuff while sleeping in my XJ.
A queen air mattress fits beautifully,
and if it gets too cold I have a heater.:party:

jdogg4
July 29th, 2008, 11:55
I have a north face 2 person and I've done that once before and it sucked. It's a great backpacking tent for one. and it's kind of a pain to get in and out of because the door is on the one end that your head would sleep at and your feet side is narrow. For two people you won't have any room for any of your gear. Has a good rian fly for that but crawling over your gear and out the rain fly can suck. always go one more person size bigger than you ever plan to sleep with. Even with just the dog and I it's a tight fit.

IslanderOffRoad
August 5th, 2008, 17:18
that's what i thought....until it fell apart and started leaking badly in rain. then i realized it is worth it to invest in a quality tent if you are going to be using it frequently

werd

I attempted to go camping last weekend at Hungry Valley. I had some friends coming with myself and the girlfriend, so I brought my old Greatland 5 person tent. Everyone flaked, and I should have changed to my REI Half Dome.. but I stupidly did not.

Got up to Gorman to high winds, and one of the tent poles on the Greatland snapped. I went home.

IslanderOffRoad
August 5th, 2008, 17:22
I'm glad I bought my REI "Half Dome" before the Jeep.

This doesn't mean I should toss it now, does it?:huh:
I use it to store stuff while sleeping in my XJ.
A queen air mattress fits beautifully,
and if it gets too cold I have a heater.:party:

Yeah, I got my first REI tent when I was 12 years old and a boy scout. I guess I should throw it away because the company is run by evil greenies.

Cruzin Illusion
August 10th, 2008, 07:43
My wife and I have an REI Clipper. It is a great tent that we use when hiking and backpacking for multiple days. It is light weight and compact so it does not take up much room. Probably one of the best tents I have ever owned. There are many simular designs to that tent.

I don't think they make the REI Clipper anymore but a tent that is pretty much the same is the North FAce Tadpole 23 tent.

http://media.rei.com/media/x/1239367.jpg
http://media.rei.com/media/h/1239392.jpg

WaXJ_Skier
August 12th, 2008, 06:34
http://www.infinity-outdoor.com/Ptarmigan3.html

Asolo Ptarmigan3 it's a "3 person" tent meaning 2 people with gear very comfortable.
It's a 4 season tent so it doesn't leak, didn't have any trouble last summer when it rained all weekend long on a wheeling trip.