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Three of the worst, in my opinion:

STOIC: I would be interested in this brand if it weren't for the orange tent with the white fly.

MARMOT: The previous Limelight always reminds me of a pumpkin. The current bright yellow isn't much better.

REI: Would seriously consider the Half Dome if it weren't for the yellow fly.

KELTY: The current white flys are horrible. The previous maroon and tan was much better.

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I know colors used to be worse, practially psychedelic. I'm aware of some reasons for tent colors:
--To be found in the snow
--To brighten the interior physically and emotionally
--To reflect (summer) or absorb (winter) heat
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My priorities:
--To NOT be seen in the woods. This is a matter of not only privacy but safety.
--Calm, soothing color that blends with the forest
--Reasonable interior light (that eliminates a lot of blue Sierra Designs, which are dark inside)
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Tarptents are a nice, unobtrusive shade of grey-green.  SMD tents are fairly similar, but greener.

I didn't realize SD had shifted to blue.  Their old green color was good, but most double-walled tents seem dark to me now.
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why don't they offer a camo tent?

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In winter, I want a bright colored tent. I like the yellow tent I currently have. Anything muted or dark...I don't want.

In summer, it's the opposite. I want muted colors.

So....anything that doesn't fit that criteria, I don't want.

I would be a fan of a Khaki tent in summer for repellent features of mosquitoes.


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In winter, I want a bright colored tent. I like the yellow tent I currently have. Anything muted or dark...I don't want.

In summer, it's the opposite. I want muted colors.

So....anything that doesn't fit that criteria, I don't want.

I would be a fan of a Khaki tent in summer for repellent features of mosquitoes.

Why a bright colored tent in winter, to make yourself visible to hunters so they dont shoot in your direction?

If bright colored tents are good for winter, then I have the ultimate winter tent!
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Three of the worst, in my opinion:

STOIC: I would be interested in this brand if it weren't for the orange tent with the white fly.

MARMOT: The previous Limelight always reminds me of a pumpkin. The current bright yellow isn't much better.

REI: Would seriously consider the Half Dome if it weren't for the yellow fly.

KELTY: The current white flys are horrible. The previous maroon and tan was much better.

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I know colors used to be worse, practially psychedelic. I'm aware of some reasons for tent colors:
--To be found in the snow
--To brighten the interior physically and emotionally
--To reflect (summer) or absorb (winter) heat
--??

My priorities:
--To NOT be seen in the woods. This is a matter of not only privacy but safety.
--Calm, soothing color that blends with the forest
--Reasonable interior light (that eliminates a lot of blue Sierra Designs, which are dark inside)

Seems odd, your favorites and least favorites seem to have a lot in common -- both make orange and white tents...?  

I like the Nemo designs but hate the colors.  Can't figure out why they do that.  

My preference is for natural tones, brown, green, tan.  Gray and even black are ok (I like the look of the Big Sky Revolution in "granite gray").  I strongly dislike neon colors, or anything that will stand out in the woods.
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In winter, I want a bright colored tent. I like the yellow tent I currently have. Anything muted or dark...I don't want.

In summer, it's the opposite. I want muted colors.

So....anything that doesn't fit that criteria, I don't want.

I would be a fan of a Khaki tent in summer for repellent features of mosquitoes.

Why a bright colored tent in winter, to make yourself visible to hunters so they dont shoot in your direction?

If bright colored tents are good for winter, then I have the ultimate winter tent!

Because it stays dark so long, a bright colored tent goes a long way toward keeping my sanity on those long poker and whiskey nights. In winter, I tend to hike in all kinds of weather. I don't wait for "good" weather. Having a visible (bright) colored tent has helped on occasion and makes it much easier to find camp. I like the reflective strips on my winter shelter and also use reflective cord as well.

The only place I go that has habitation nearby is White River which has ski resorts on both sides. That is a place I take people for introductory snowshoeing as the way in is relatively flat, it is easy to get a hold of rescue, and there are great sledding hills. The other locations I snowshoe into, people rarely go ever in winter as the terrain is very difficult, it is off-trail, and you have to enjoy a bit of "punishment" to get there.


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Least: Red, Orange, Blue & White

Favorite: Earth Tones: Brown, Green, Tan,


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My ideal combination would be a tent that's orange or red or some similar warm color for the psychological lift it gives while your inside.  But I'd like the fly to be a gray, green or tan to blend in with the surroundings.  I don't understand why manufacturers can't do that.

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We have an MSR Mutha Hubba that is red with a green fly.

I like the yellow Shangri-las in the winter.


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We have an MSR Mutha Hubba that is red with a green fly.

Makes sense to me.

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Prefer brighter colors, dark caves don't appeal to me.

That said color isn't a prime consideration, layout, construction and design all are ahead of it. My one custom shelter I did spec in yellow Cuben, but Cuben is so thin the color isn't very dominating more a grayish yellow than anything.
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My ideal combination would be a tent that's orange or red or some similar warm color for the psychological lift it gives while your inside.  But I'd like the fly to be a gray, green or tan to blend in with the surroundings.  I don't understand why manufacturers can't do that.

I agree. The color of my 2P tent is too bright, and the only reason I bought it 8 years ago or so, is because I got like 35% off the regular price even though it was a newer model. It was regularly $279 and I got it for $189.

Its a Marmot Nyx tent, and I really like it, but they only came in 2 colors, gray(which wouldve been OK) and bright orange, which is what they had in stock, and apparently the vast majority of the Marmot tents of that era were orange anyway. Many still are.

But I would like to get a fly from the medium gray colored Nyx because it would cover the big diagonal orange stripe over the main tent body, and the darker orange bottom area but they stopped making the Nyx several years ago, so I cant find one, so I'm stuck with bright orange. It sticks out like a sore thumb in any campsite!
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That, of course, can be a good thing.

When backpacking with our lunar duo (and a couple of other plain jane tents), which is grayish, I take at least one garish-colored piece of clothing for emergency locating help.


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[Quote jmarklane] Seems odd, your favorites and least favorites seem to have a lot in common -- both make orange and white tents...?  [Quote]

I'm referring to the subdued greens by Mt. Hardwear and Alps.
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The  peculiar aspect with these kind of threads is that,  for a start,  some cannot understand why others don't like the colours they do but apart from that I never see "colour blindness" mentioned or more precisely colour deficiency.
The percentage varies by race but for Caucasian males  it is around  8-10%, so it is entirely possible that a "red" tent is discussed but one sees that red as green or brown..
Here is a quick test:


the first is the std vision, the second and third is how colour deficient people see the first.
If you don't see a number in the first pic than you have a problem...
BTW there are many version of colour deficiency , including for example seeing red as red but calling it green or  accurately call red as red but in fact see a different colour than the one  others see.
If you like the eye usually see the some colour but the brain may interpret that colour differently .
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Favorite color, medium-pale yellow.

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Brad,
Is the Hubba hp also in orange?  
I used to have a regular Hubba and really liked it but decided to only keep one solo tent and that one wasn't it.  However, I tried to get a Hubba hp, hubba hubba hp and a mutha hubba hp and failed.


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Brad,
Is the Hubba hp also in orange?  
I used to have a regular Hubba and really liked it but decided to only keep one solo tent and that one wasn't it.  However, I tried to get a Hubba hp, hubba hubba hp and a mutha hubba hp and failed.

No, mine's the new model with white interior and green fly... very pleasant due to the muting effect of the white interior.

The new Hubba HP ditches the old HP's net ceiling which is a HUGE plus to me.

I believe my price, delivered, was around $350 from these guys:

http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/msr-hubba-hp-tent.html


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Th old HP has the same ceiling as your HP has. The regular models have the mesh.

I too like the new green fly. I have the Carbon Reflex 3 also with the yellow/orange fly and wish I could get one of the new green ones for it.

For 3-season I prefer earth-tones, lighter the better. Winter yellow is OK.


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The  peculiar aspect with these kind of threads is that,  for a start,  some cannot understand why others don't like the colours they do but apart from that I never see "colour blindness" mentioned or more precisely colour deficiency..

HA! I was wondering about that when hikerjer said a red tent with a green fly makes sense to him.  :D
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Th old HP has the same ceiling as your HP has.

No it doesn't... the old has a mesh, diamond-shaped vent in the top that the new HP doesn't have. I know this because I actually have the new one, so I'm not guessing...

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http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/msr-hubba-hp-tent.html

Look at the link you provided, saying that is your tent. That is what I was going by.


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http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/msr-hubba-hp-tent.html

Look at the link you provided, saying that is your tent. That is what I was going by.

It doesn't have a mesh diamond in the ceiling.

Ray, you're the proto-typical internet expert.


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Yeah Brad, I got that now. Like I said you are the one that provided the link saying "this is my tent". That is all I had to go by as mine is the older model.

Of course I put actual pictures of my tents up, not links to the wrong thing. Who is relying on the internet too much, hmm?


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Here is a quick test:


the first is the std vision, the second and third is how colour deficient people see the first.
If you don't see a number in the first pic than you have a problem...

Maybe I am color blind but didn't know it.  What is the number?  Can't quite tell but I'm thinking a "2" or "8".
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G22, I'll PM you the answer. Shouldn't give the answer here, that could sway someone trying to test their vision.

Thanks Franco for making the point about base color perception, it is different for all of us.


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The number is very clear to someone who isn't colorblind.
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The  peculiar aspect with these kind of threads is that,  for a start,  some cannot understand why others don't like the colours they do but apart from that I never see "colour blindness" mentioned or more precisely colour deficiency.
The percentage varies by race but for Caucasian males  it is around  8-10%, so it is entirely possible that a "red" tent is discussed but one sees that red as green or brown..
Here is a quick test:


the first is the std vision, the second and third is how colour deficient people see the first.
If you don't see a number in the first pic than you have a problem...
BTW there are many version of colour deficiency , including for example seeing red as red but calling it green or  accurately call red as red but in fact see a different colour than the one  others see.
If you like the eye usually see the some colour but the brain may interpret that colour differently .


People with normal vision will see a '2' in the first circle, and the other circles just illustrate what the first circle looks like to people with color deficiency.

But people with bionic eyes will see a bright red '2' in all 3 circles, and thats how I saw them.... LOL

Seriously, aside from maybe 3 people, I wouldnbt know if anyone I have ever known was color blind, because most people either dont talk about it, or maybe its so slight that they dont realize it(?)
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