I was researching how to make a Tipi when I stumbled on a cheap tipi. I read some of the reviews and the only real complain was it leaked at the seems, since most tents come needing seem sealed, I was not concerned about that. I just want a large area for a cook/hang out tent, so it does not need to be a bomber tipi like Kifaru and I also did not want to drop that kind of coin. This will be a motorized hunt shelter so weight was not a huge issue either. They have 2 sizes a 10x10 for $100 bucks and a 18x18 for $200 bucks to my door, from amazon. The maker is Guide Gear sold by Sportsman Guide through amazon.
Well it arrived the other day and I set it up today, it came with a floor and I had no need for that since floorless is what I like about a tipi and this will be a cook tent, so I took my hot knife and cut the floor out leaving about 4 to 6 inches for a sod flap. It has a steel main pole that I might change out to an Aluminum one, 2 windows and vents on each side and 2 doors with screens, the top is screened and vented as well.
have to say that I'm very impressed tons of room and since it is screened it will make a nice summer eating shelter that is bug free.
Going to wait and use it this summer, if it holds up I will order and sew in a stove jack for fall use.
Weight is 17 pounds in the bag with the pole and stakes after I removed the floor, (the floor was heavy)
Floor still in it.
Windows and vents.
Me standing in the door for size reference.
With the doors open and the floor cut out.
So for those that might want to try a tipi, but are not sure. One of these might be a good way to try one out. The 10x10 for $100 dollars is a cheap way to try one, if you don't like the floor, just cut it out.
Thought I would share,, one of the cheapest shelters I have ever bought out of the 12 or so I have.