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.
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).
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.
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.
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.