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    Default Solo Tent on Sale

    I just ordered one of these, free shipping. I've been looking at it for awhile as a slight upgrade to a bivy. I've seen them before and they look pretty bombproof, the fabric is pretty thick. It's a little heavy, so I'm going to get some custom poles for it.

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23888#

    Custom poles here:

    http://tentpoletechnologies.com/?page_id=17

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    You end up getting a hilly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrex13 View Post
    I just ordered one of these, free shipping. I've been looking at it for awhile as a slight upgrade to a bivy. I've seen them before and they look pretty bombproof, the fabric is pretty thick. It's a little heavy, so I'm going to get some custom poles for it.

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___23888#

    Custom poles here:

    http://tentpoletechnologies.com/?page_id=17
    That's not a very good tent, although, at that price, you can't go wrong. I took one of those on the Appalachian Trail in 2004 (Amicolola Falls to Uicoi Gap). It rained and I stayed wet. Two failings on that tent. The first is that it actually gets wetter when you pack it and the second is the "storm flap" over the zipper, which I had to cut off with a knife.

    First night's rain, I stayed pretty dry. But when I put the tent away, moisture from the fly transferred through the mesh and onto the inside of the tent floor. It was all over but the crying after that. With 6 straight days of rain, I couldn't hang the tent to dry so it just got wetter wetter on the inside. Even packing the fly seperate, water from the outside of the flor went through the mesh to the inside etc etc.

    Next biggest problem is that so called "storm flap" over the zipper. That could also be called a zipper operational retardant feature. It was a constant fight to keep that flap out of the zipper, and one morning, in a downpour, I ended up cutting part of the flap to be able to get into the tent.

    Other thing you won't like for AK, it's not free standing, which means if the ground is too hard and you can't get stakes int he ground, your tent won't stay up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnclimber View Post
    You end up getting a hilly?
    Not yet, still saving my sheckles for that purchase. The one I really want doesn't come in tan yet, so I might wait until it does.

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