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    Opinions on best 3 man tent for float trip in July...? I'm not a big backpacker so the big tents I have aren't real practical for the float I'm planning. Looking for waterproof reliability and toughness.

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    Eureka's Expedition Tents are excellent.
    I have been using their Alpenlite XT 2 man for many years in all seasons.
    I have camped in Alaska since 2003 with it through monsoon like conditions, I have also camped North of 60* in January with it.

    Here are their 3 man Expedition tents.
    The K2-XT is a killer tent and can withstand some serious winds (I've heard it can get windy in AK ) Their old version of this tent was capable of withstanding 120 mph winds (they don't have it listed for the new version).

    http://store.eurekatent.com/category/347410/Sleeps_3%2B


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    Check out the Outdoor Gear forum. There is an active thread on this now.

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    Will do, Thanks for the heads up. Thanks, Drifter. I'll check out the Eureka

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    The Cabela's six man guide tent is a great tent for the money and I have used it on many float hunts. Plenty of room for 3 and gear and an adult can stand up to get dressed, which is very important for me. Around 25 lbs or so.





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    We used a Cabelas Guide tent on a deer hunt to Kodiak. 50 mph winds flattened it in the middle of the night. Three adults inside and we had to stand up and hold the poles every time we heard the wind coming towards us.
    It made an OK moose hunting tent for the interior, but never again on the coast.
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    Default +1 for Cabela's Guide Model...

    stid2677 said it all (great photos as usual) & fits with many others in past threads. Be sure to get the aluminum poles instead of fiberglass.

    In 2008, while doing tent search for family float trip, I ran across so many favorable field reports that I eventually bought a Cabela's Guide, 6-man (http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents/Dome-Backpacking-Tents|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104303880/Cabelas-Alaskan-Guide174-Model-Tent/714588.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcampi ng-tents-dome-backpacking-tents%2F_%2FN-1100670%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104303880%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bca t104779080&WTz_l=SBC%3BMM%3Bcat104779080%3Bcat1043 03880) tent for a Brooks Range drop camp last year, because it offered room, good weather protection and better wind resistance than my other tents. What a fine tent: roomy, pitches tight, good ventilation... just no complaints. In reviews most are favorable, but the last link below (carefully written by a veteran outdoorsman and well-supported) does illustrate that great gear can be great only as long as it's well-matched to conditions. Where you pitch any tent (behind cover) is a precaution always worth pondering. Cabela's Guide Model Tent has maybe evolved over the years too. The best reviews have been more recent.

    The hardiest gear for extreme Alaska conditions may not be well-known elsewhere, and is spendy. Most hunters (& others) don't encounter extreme winds on their trips, for instance. Those who have seen a tent blow away may do things differently afterwards... Legendary (long history, excellent reputation, not hard to find stories about weather these tents survived) among the toughest tents are: Alaska Tent & Tarp's Arctic Oven (http://www.alaskatent.com/oven.html) and Barney's Sports Chalet's Bombshelter (http://store.barneyssports.com/FGABS88.html). But Cabela's Guide Model has plenty of satisfied Alaska outdoorsfolk. I believe the resale on all 3 tents is excellent.

    Helpful threads:
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ned-a-Browning
    http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/52710.htm
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...de-Model-Tents
    http://outdoorsdirectory.com/akforum...ting/52658.htm

    Good luck.

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