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  • IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT- Large Tents

    Okay, here's the first category. If you could purchase any large tent for an Alaska expedition trip, what would it be, and why? The definition of a "large tent" is one you can stand up in, sleeps at least two people on cots, and would be acceptable in spring, summer and fall. This is a tent you would use in timbered country or other areas where the tent could be protected from wind by surrounding vegetation.

    List your favorite and after a bit, I will collate the results into a poll.

    Fire away!

    -Mike
    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (406) 662-1791

  • #2
    Large tent, my opinion is....

    Davis Tent Company, Denver Colorado. I own their 14 by 16 Canvas Wall Tent w/ a Cylinder stove. This is a comfortable home away from home....substantial, warmth with room for four men to live for extended period of time, dry clothing, cook, heat water to bathe, this is "living large" in the back country. This setup instills confidence in my ability to abide comfortably in the backcountry.

    Drawback is the weight and bulk. Both tent and stove are heavy as well as bulky. Setup is on average about an hour's worth of labor, but I'm set in base camp from that point forward.
    Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for the shadow is mine and so is the valley. Thy Glock and thy M14 comfort me in days of civil unrest and terror

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    • #3
      Mike,
      For the desire to keep from overrunning my garage with tents I think that My large tent would be an arctic oven with the maximum amount of mesh window options that AK tent and tarp can install. For a large tent I expect it to work for me year round! I would probably choose an AO 10 with a buddy heater (and spare CO2 alarm). In the summer keep it open and airy with the mesh panels, in the winter zip it up turn the stove on low and sleep soundly in any temp!

      I especially like the extended vestibule option!


      Nothing better in the winter time!!

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      • #4
        Large Tent....

        My favorite large tent, an obvious choice for a guide-outfitter camp, where weight in not a concern...Barneys Bombshelter 10 X 10 tent.

        Although it weighs in at 52 pounds, an 6 foot tall adult can stand upright, and it is rock solid, as the name Bombshelter implies, in the fierce storms of western Alaska and on the Alaska Peninsula. The newer ones are now vented so that condensation can escape. Two doors, each with a large vestibule areas, provide access from different directions. I have had a 10 X 10 Bombshelter tent tied down by 32 ropes, and the tent withstood a frightening six day "hurricane storm" out at Cold Bay.

        Dennis
        Alaska True Adventure Guide Service
        Imagine (It's easy if you try)
        …miles and miles of mountains…wide expanses of tundra...remote wild waters…
        (Whisper words of wisdom) Let It Be

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        • #5
          I really like my Cabela's Alaknak 12'X12'. It is great for all seasons and is real roomy with two to three people. When it gets real cold or you are going to be dealing with allot of wet clothes (deer hunting) the wood stove makes a great addition. Sets up quick and has proven itself in some of the nastiest weather.
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          • #6
            If price was not an issue?

            North Face 2 meter dome.


            http://www.thenorthface.com/catalog/...eter-dome.html


            The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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            • #7
              Kifaru tipi

              at least the 8 man size - larger would be ok - with a stove. I have one of the 8 man tipis w/stove - plenty of room for 2 men, cots & all your gear. we've slept 4 men (on cots) in it. holds up to weather (HIGH wind) awesomely. wouldn't mind upgrading to one of the larger sizes. the 8 man w/stove weighs less than 20lbs.
              Gary

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              • #8
                Now thats pretty cool.
                I use a U.S.Military 10 man Arctic squad tent.
                1 pole,a bright white inside liner, a stove, the floor of your choice, lots of attachments and repair kits. Even has "How to" instructions sewn inside in "Stick man" pictographs...LOL!

                Ive used them for years, in all seasons, they shed wind and rain very well.
                If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.:topjob:

                "Dam it all", The Beaver told me.....

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                • #9


                  this tent came from "reliable tent co" in montana. it is medium heavy canvas, and will shed rain or snow. a nice feature in an outfitter tent over a military model is the light inside! it's great!

                  we have used this model(this is a new replacement, bears got the last one!) for years and have no complaints. a wood stove tops off the outfit for real cold.

                  happy trails.
                  jh
                  happy trails.
                  jh

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                  • #10
                    Tipi

                    I second the vote for a Kifaru tipi. We own one with the "take down" stove. It's a great tent, sets up easily, can withstand wind, and will keep you warm.

                    The only drawback (as far as I'm concerned) is the lack of floor. Of course, some of the canvas tents previously mentioned are floorless also.

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                    • #11
                      Although I do not have one, there are tons of good reviews on the Arctic oven. This would be one I would like to have if I was going to buy a large tent.

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                      • #12
                        large tent

                        Kifaru 8 man w/liner & take down stove. Only downer is it gets hot inside when the sun is out.

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                        • #13
                          My vote would have to go with the Artika made by Alaska Tent and Tarp, 12'x13'. It's hexagon shape sheds wind well, I've never had any condensation develop, and stays warm with minimal heat source. I had one set up on Adak for over a month in October and November, and it withstood two huge storms very well. A little pricey though: with cooking vestibule, floor saver (a must) and a window (which I wouldn't bother getting again) it cost $1,960. I don't use the vestibule on Adak, but spring hunts on the Peninsula it's nice.
                          Mark

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                          • #14
                            I use the Cabela's 8 man alaskan guide tent W/the large vestibule. last spring on Kodiak it blew 45 and snowed and it was fine. We also had the buddie heater. W/O the vestbule it would be tight for cold weather hunting because of the extra gear involved.

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                            • #15
                              I have used the cabelas 6 man guide model without issue. Very nice features and holds up to the wind well. Have the aluminum poles for the lightness and durability.

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