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Tents ?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 12.7x99mm, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. 12.7x99mm

    12.7x99mm Guest

    Ill be going coyote hunting in a few weeks

    I’m in need of a small 2-3 person tent. I’m looking for something reasonably priced and preferably in camo or dark green colors. Good quality and durable.

    If you know of any decent manufactures and a place to buy online

    hit me back

  2. mothernatureson

    mothernatureson Well-Known Member


    i've had a an 8x8 outback lodge tent, sold by cabelas that has provided good service. most of my hunts are bird hunting in the western states, solo. so just my labrodor and me. it is ample size for two men with cots and gear. they have two larger size tents 10x10 and 12x12 , they are around two hundred dollars. check the current catalog. what i like about it , with the center pole i can hang gas lantern(can also be erected w/o pole,tie from a tree limb) happy hunting!
  3. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member

    Stay away from the bargain priced junk with partial rain flies.
    Make sure you get one with a full rain fly which goes all the way to the ground otherwise you'll take in moisture from condensation.
    A full rain fly is a better insulator from cold too.

    It's hard to find good tents with aluminum poles, but get one if you can. Tents with fiberglass poles are harder to put up and the poles are more apt to break in high winds. I've seen the wind break more than one fiberglass pole.

    My two cents.
  4. labgrade

    labgrade Member In Memoriam

    A tent is supposed to keep out weather.

    If it doesn't, you might as well save your money & bivy.

    Junk poles allow the tent to blow over in high winds, junk flies allow rain to come in - might as well do without.

    My fave tent is a North Face VE 24 - likely the premier top of the line expedition tent. Pricey though.

    A 4-season Eureka! tent will likely do the trick for about as cost-worthy as you'll get. Maybe about $200 for a 2-man.

    Do spec 4-season & it can be had in camo.
  5. SIGarmed

    SIGarmed Well-Known Member

    I am seriously thinking about a Kifaru Para tipi. It sleeps two although I think its one of the tents that is actually on the bigger side for two.

    Check out Kifaru.net they have some awesome stuff. Its not exactly cheap though.
  6. Loach

    Loach Well-Known Member

    For the price, you can't really beat REI's tents. They're lightweight (for backbacking), sturdy and inexpensive. I have their Camp Dome 2 , but have also heard good things about their Half Dome 2 which has a rain fly with better coverage and it a tan color instead of light grey (a wee-bit closer to green). They also have a
    Half Dome 4 which is a bit larger.
  7. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    REI Half Dome 2

    This tent seems to be getting good reviews from Backpacker Magazine. Should be worth a look.

    I'm a Eureka tent fan, but have begun to look at Sierra Designs for a replacement of my old Eureka Timberlite 2.


    It's easy to find aluminum poled models, just go to your local backpacking supply shop. And don't be too cheap on a tent! Just when you think good enough will get you through is usually when you find yourself sleeping in a puddle of water.

    Sorry if I'm so opinionated about this. Spring thru pre-hunting-season I am a backpacker, and I have seen my share of poor quality gear go down at bad moments. Plus time spent in BSA. What fun! :)

    PS: By too cheap I mean trying to get away with a $50-70 bargain tent.
  8. gun-fucious

    gun-fucious Well-Known Member

    an hour spent with a tube o' seam sealer is prolly 10 times longer than many manufacturers spend making a tent.

    i have heard that tent designs are all about marketing these daze.
    The fabric technology is pretty well established, and Chinese factories can crank out well established designs. The North Face stuff is great for expedition work, but some dood in China with a cloth CAD system is designing most consumer tents.

    The Eddie Bauer (JC Penny) line at Target has gotten some good reviews:

    fiberglass poles...
    69 bucks...


    heres some northface deals:

    aluminum poles
    300 bucks...

    heres a good selection:
  9. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member


    I like your choice of tents. I have a North Face like yours.
    I've used it for over 20 years and it's still doing well.
  10. labgrade

    labgrade Member In Memoriam

    Thanks, BG. There are a ton of very good tents on the market these days - & were 10 years ago. Come a long way.

    I haven't touched base with the ins & outs probably for a decade, bubt REI's stuff, Walrus, plenty others are doing a good job of keeping out the weather.

    Did a goodly stinct as an "advisor" to some BSA-folk, etc. & watching a 6' high dome tent blown flat to the ground during winter camping (& while laizing away in my VE24) is always enlightening, enough fun to imagine the "internal carnage" happening nearby. ;)

    My best advice is buy a tent that keeps out the weather. If it blows over in wind, it sucks. If you get wet during the rain, it sucks. ... fer starters. ;)

    $400-500+ for a tent while your life is on the line & the only thing keeping your wife (or kids) dying from hypothermia is that wise investment always seems like a really good deal when nature comes calling - which she surely does if you spend enough time out in it.
  11. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member

    You're absolutely right about a quality tent, Labgrade. I've seen several of those WalMart grade high dome tents flattened by the wind. Once those fiberglass ploes break, they'll usually find a way to puncture the tent so the occupants are in for a cold wet evening.

    I've been meaning to ask you Colorado guys if you spend any time in the Flattops to the north of Glenwood Springs and Eagle. We used to fish there quite a bit but when we went in about four or five years ago, we didn't see any sign of fish and the bottoms of the lakes were littered with dead fish. The only lake we found with any live fish was Deep Lake. Heart, Blue, Crater and Adams lakes all appeared to be dead.
    We suspected there was a hard freeze or something.

    Anyway, I'd like to make another trip over there since that's one of my favorite areas. Does anyone know what happened and if there lakes are back to normal there?
  12. labgrade

    labgrade Member In Memoriam

    & not just breaking, BG, the wind-bends things - they'll lay flat to the ground in a high wind - looks like (dare I say?) an older mammary gland bound by gravity - nothing to sleep in or around, except the for the warmth which no tent has. ;)

    If you want a quality tent, you'll have to spend the money to protect yourself from the elements. Simple as that.

    Research it a bit (we've the resources here to prevent a bad buy, BTW) & get something that will actually stop weather from getting in. Anything less isn't a tent, it's money thrown down the drain in an attempt to be "cash-wise."

    "If it doesn't keep out the weather, it isn't a tent."

    Best case = you'll have a woodsy experience-thingy where not a thing goes wrong - a fun traipse in the woods = Disney. Worst case = you'll have an absolute horrible experience where you & your's will be on the edge of hypothermia/close to death for not spending the extra scoots enough to buy a quality shelter. (can anyone say a sudden hail-storm that dumps 4" of ice & everything turns from a 75 deg F to zero?)

    My "tent/bivy bag/sleeping system" is my "cocoon of life." When all else fails, I've my "system" that I can rely upon. I can crawl into my "bag" & stay alive in the absolute worst-case anything nature can throw at me.

    Words to the wise & enough said.

    If you ply the trails, I'd just betcha that you'd best be advised to have a decent enough "sleeping system."

    [/ramblings enough]

    Ah, The Flattops.

    I first hunted there ~20 years ago, took a break & started hunting them again just about 3 years back - beautiful area.

    Never fished the lakes, but one can live outa the Derby Ditch, etc, - just the streams. Plenty o' trout in the ditches if you know how to tweak trout.

    All told, I'd by-pass any lake & fish the creeks between.

    I've pulled 18" browns out of creeks that "have no water."

    So "tactical," no?

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