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I was thinking about the BA Scout, but I don't think the single wall, regardless of ventilation, will work well in the smokies.
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A better car camping tent.  The Coleman or Magellan 4 man tent with a screened/awninged front porch.  Perfect for the Deep South in skeeter season.

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I'm fine with the Lightheart Solo. In fact, my current collection of shelters is about complete. Tarps, double wall hybrid, Shangri-la for winter, hammock, done.

I'm lookin' at a nice kayak, tho.


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I'm lookin' at a nice kayak, tho.

Well, my collection of kayaks is about complete.  Whatcha looking at?

As far as tents, I'm back working on my own designs again.  They're not much of an improvement overall, but fun to mess with.


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I have the Moment and a Fly Creek 2 man. I am eyeing the new Moment, or the Notch. I do not plan to buy anything in the near future. Both the Moment and the Fly Creek will last me many more years before needing replacement.
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No new shelters. I've got more than enough for each season. Either down pants or a pack raft. I'll probably have to wait for my oldest child to leave the home first...He's eating my paychecks.

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Now that I have my HMG Ultamid I can't say I have another tent on my gear list.  Hopefully folks here can suggest some new items I can buy.  Retail therapy beats physical therapy.
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I crave space, and right now, I'm perfectly content with my Big Sky Mirage 2P tent.  A palace for one with two doors and two vestibules, weighing just 2.5 lbs.  No plans to replace.  :cool:

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How long have you had it Ben?

Any issues w/materials, etc.

I tried to order one years ago and was really p'o'd by the whole 5 month ordeal but the space/weigh ratio is compelling.

Otherwise I would love to find a roomy solo that would replace my SD VaporLight 2


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I'd contemplated the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout - 34 oz, hybrid single/double wall, plenty of room, and has various configurations. You can't beat the price, either: $125. They've also dropped their rice on the Lunar Solo: $150 -- 30 oz.

I'm working on a tentless system, now.


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Well, since everyone raves about them and I'm attempting to lower my weight, I'm considering a Tarp Tent.  But not in the real near future.

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I finally got myself the MLD Patrol shelter (Cuben) , and a Bearpaw Wilderness bug bivy.

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I'd contemplated the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout - 34 oz, hybrid single/double wall, plenty of room, and has various configurations. You can't beat the price, either: $125.


wow...great price, .....I saw the video too, glad I did as I like the set up w/the little tube that locks in the trekking poles...

of course, who needs trekking poles with my cast iron knees??  especially if I have to carry them uphill


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Definitely interested in this hammock: http://www.exped.com/exped....ocument

I know the Mrs. will frown upon such an arrangement but my intrigue may win out.
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Next is the one I got this spring, just finally getting some use out of it. The StratoSpire 2 from Tarptent is quickly becoming my favorite non-freestanding tent.

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How long have you had it Ben?

Any issues w/materials, etc.

I tried to order one years ago and was really p'o'd by the whole 5 month ordeal but the space/weigh ratio is compelling.

Otherwise I would love to find a roomy solo that would replace my SD VaporLight 2

I've had the tent since 2010, and have used it for about a dozen nights or so.  Prior to that, however, I have used the Mirage 1P and the Evolution 2P.  I LOVE Big Sky tents!  Top workmanship -- and no issues at all.

But still, the usual caveat for those interested in ordering.  Wait time can be long.  Be sure to check the website and call the number for availability first!


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Well, since everyone raves about them and I'm attempting to lower my weight, I'm considering a Tarp Tent.  But not in the real near future.

Not that you asked...

Hikerjer -- if budget allows -- why wait just so you can continue carrying extra pounds  of weight around for miles and miles day after day -- when you don't need to?  Unless you are hiking in gawd awful places with super high humidity and no breeze -- tarptents are a great option for 3-season use.


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Well, since everyone raves about them and I'm attempting to lower my weight, I'm considering a Tarp Tent.  But not in the real near future.

Not that you asked...

Hikerjer -- if budget allows -- why wait just so you can continue carrying extra pounds  of weight around for miles and miles day after day -- when you don't need to?  Unless you are hiking in gawd awful places with super high humidity and no breeze -- tarptents are a great option for 3-season use.

And some...even four season use.

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I have lightened up my Warbonet Blackbird 1.1 DL by switching out the speck suspension with whoopee slings and going with dutch clips and buckle, I am at about 20 oz now and just upgraded from my WB big mamajamba tarp to my hammockgear cuben hex tarp which weighs in at 5.2 oz. I think I put about a grand into equipment upgrades this year, and got my base weight from 15.7# down to 12.4#...but I am always looking for more!

Having the hammock with tarp in front porch mode is as about as comfortable you can be, I can eat, cook, read, and enjoy the scenery sitting up or laying down.

Any day above ground is a good day!

I am thinking of getting the cuben winter tarp with doors for cold weather camping and to fit over my WB ridgerunner bridge hammock, but for now my Jacks R Better 11x10 will have to suffice...until more funds are available.


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why wait just so you can continue carrying extra pounds  of weight around for miles and miles day after day -- when you don't need to?  

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! :(


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I have lightened up my Warbonet Blackbird 1.1 DL by switching out the speck suspension with whoopee slings and going with dutch clips and buckle, I am at about 20 oz now and just upgraded from my WB big mamajamba tarp to my hammockgear cuben hex tarp which weighs in at 5.2 oz. I think I put about a grand into equipment upgrades this year, and got my base weight from 15.7# down to 12.4#...but I am always looking for more!

Having the hammock with tarp in front porch mode is as about as comfortable you can be, I can eat, cook, read, and enjoy the scenery sitting up or laying down.

Any day above ground is a good day!

I am thinking of getting the cuben winter tarp with doors for cold weather camping and to fit over my WB ridgerunner bridge hammock, but for now my Jacks R Better 11x10 will have to suffice...until more funds are available.

Late night, I misspoke, my baseweight is currently 10.1# for 40 degree and 10.7# fro 20 degree.

I still want the HG cuben fiber winter palace as my next shelter!


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If I were to get a new tent, I'd probably just get another Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1. That's the oldest tent in my collection, it was actually one of the first high-quality pieces of backpacking gear I bought, and is probably the tent that I'm most satisfied with.

I bought the tent for 30% off in early 2009 and have put over 100 nights in it in all types of conditions and absolutely love it. It is barely showing any wear. Now that I have an MSR Hubba I use it mostly for winter trips where I want some extra elbow room (two people in the tent is very cramped).

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my shelters and probably won't be purchasing any in the near future. I've amassed quite a collection over the years (I purchased several at significant discounts when I worked at an outdoor gear shop):

- Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1 (bought in 2009)
- Granite Gear White Lightning Tarp (bought in 2010)
- MSR Hubba (bought in 2012)
- Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 (bought in 2012 and never been used)

I use the MSR Hubba the most. I use the tarp somewhat often as well, and typically the MH Skyledge gets used by friends I backpack with who don't have tents while I use the Hubba.

I'm happy with my sleeping bag situation as well. I've got three bags: 15*, 30* and 40* and am happy with all of them in regard to weight and performance.

Ditto for sleeping pads. Neo Air 3/4 length for most seasons and NeoAir All Season for winter. Used on top of Therm-A-Rest RidgeRest 3/4 length.

Stoves and cookware I'm good on. No major room for improvement.

My next gear purchases will probably most likely just be clothes, socks and boots. But I'm pretty well equipped in those areas as well.

I'm focusing more now on how to improve the experience of backpacking, rather than improving my equipment. The two are definitely related and now that I've got my equipment dialed in I'm trying to craft my trips in regard to route, points of interest (which is the entire forest for me, but other people I hike with prefer more distinct highlights) and food.


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Picked up a new tent, sort of, when I stumbled across an all-mesh inner for my Hilleberg Allak (one sale, even). The inner can set up, alone, with included pole holders or simply exchange it with the heavier yellow inner for most-of-the-year use. I plan on weighing the two inners to see the weight difference but I suspect it'll be around a pound. I'm definitely not going to miss that zippered panel on the yellow inner!
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Debating a tarp to use with my ID Unishelter bivy for a couple weeks in UT late this fall, since I seem to bring storms with me every time. It would literally double the weight of my shelter system(Notch fly/ZPacks Solo floor), but I'm not sure if the TT is up for 45mph winds.
Didn't cause any problems, but the top half of my sleeping bag did get covered with snow getting in the bivy during a snowstorm on my last fall trip. 'Course I may be overthinking it...
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I'd contemplated the Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout - 34 oz, hybrid single/double wall, plenty of room, and has various configurations. You can't beat the price, either: $125.


wow...great price, .....I saw the video too, glad I did as I like the set up w/the little tube that locks in the trekking poles...

I've had the Skyscape Trekker for over a year. It is easy to set up, packs very small and is very light. However, the single wall panel drips condensation on your bag and the ceiling ends up on my feet every night. I was in one very hard downpour that resulted in lots of water on the floor of the tent - nearly floated my Neoair. I'm guessing the water splashed in. So great tent if you want minimal shelter.


The next tent on my list is the Tarp Tent Notch.
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My Skyscape Trekker is due tomorrow, so this is a little concerning.  Heard that the mesh issues (foot and head) are manageable with additional tension.  Had not heard of major water issues from the single wall if seam sealed and properly vented.  Maybe venting with a small rise bathtub might lead to splash issues?  

Headed to the Winds mid-Sept, so it will get a good test.  At least it will be 2lb lighter than my trusted Backcountry I.
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Being in the Smokies, it doesn't matter how well vented a single wall tent is, I wake up wet. There's simply too much moisture in the air. Especially this summer.
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I bought a Sierra Designs Mojo 2 (can't review yet), but LOVE IT. Hybrid construction, freestanding, very light, quick & dry pitch. I posted an initial report (somewhere else), if you're interested, send me a message...

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I have two now, so I think I am done. Crazy right? Until I hike in conditions that need something different, like maybe winter.

My inexpensive Alps Zephyr 2 is now my backup/car/kayak tent and my H.S. Tarptent Notch is my backpacking tent.

For about $100 the Alps served me well as a beginner tent and is a fine tent, just a bit heavy. Still small enough for kayak and not lightweight trips. And serves as a great backup. But as soon as I had the funds available I put my money into what I really thought would be the perfect backpacking tent and got the Notch. Only one trip with it so far but I do believe it to be the perfect single, especially for the East (double walled, bug proof).

Until I meet someone who likes to hike, I think the Notch will be it for me.





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