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Old 10-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #181
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Hmmm... you already know I'm wanting to rain on your parade
At almost 3lbs, there are "real" tents and/or tarps that make more sense to me. Condensation and room to get away from wet gear are always an issue with bivy's and small bivy-like tents.

In my obsession to find the bestest, smallest possible shelter, I've concluded that an ultralight, small (<30sf) 2 man tent is the way to go.

I picked up one of these for $100 on ebay:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...nt_review.html

I think with one pole (steep sloping slides) it's a tolerable 2 (intimate) person tent and a great 1-person. Spent a week in the Haitian mountains in it - lots of rain - and it performed admirably. It's about as low (weight/size) as I can go with a real tent (mesh, floor, etc). And it's just a hair over 3lb. Only possible complaint is smallish door - no worse than bivy-tents.

Don't get me started on tents
Ooh I like that! A pound lighter than my current favorite Hubba Hubba.

Wait 'til I get my SL-4 mod done, then we'll talk light...



But I don't want to get you started on tents...
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:32 AM   #182
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True dat...

I'm still looking for the perfect tent. I've just finally quit believing anyone's claims about ventilation and breathable (single wall) fabrics. I've tried pretty much all of them. They ALL condense, sooner or later. And when they do, I like a roomier canopy. It's a big deal to me cuz we like our down bags. Earlier this summer I spent a week on a glacier in PNW, sleeping in a $600 Hilleberg. By week's end, my bag was sopping wet. So much for the finest mountaineering tent money can buy

One thing I've learned since then, is to carry a tiny microfiber "backpacking towel" and wipe down the walls every now and then. I can often wring out a half cup of water.
I just picked up a Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1. 4lbs, not bad for a 2.5 poled, 28sqft free standing double walled tent with two 11sqft vestibules.





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I was actually quite pleased with it.
A little poking around shows that some have issues with the poles breaking on them. Maybe they're a bit hamfisted, but I've never liked fiberglass poles myself.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:39 AM   #183
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I just picked up a Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1. 4lbs, not bad for a 2.5 poled, 28sqft free standing double walled tent with two 11sqft vestibules.
The Skyledge 2 (very slightly different older model) is my go-to 2 person backpacking tent. Love it...

Got the 3 too

I gotta sell some tents, really...
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:56 AM   #184
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The Skyledge 2 (very slightly different older model) is my go-to 2 person backpacking tent. Love it...

Got the 3 too

I gotta sell some tents, really...

Thought about the 3, but decided since I mainly am solo I could be nice and comfortable on my own which is the majority of the time and squeeze a second in if I ever needed.


Compared to my Clip flashlight, that extra pound adds so much comfort.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:59 AM   #185
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The Skyledge 2 (very slightly different older model) is my go-to 2 person backpacking tent. Love it...

Got the 3 too

I gotta sell some tents, really...

You have a 2 and a 3? Man you do have it bad.

I've lost count of all the tents you have mentioned...

But tent people don't actually ever sell tents do they?

(but I might buy that 3 from you... )
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:14 PM   #186
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You have a 2 and a 3? Man you do have it bad.

I've lost count of all the tents you have mentioned...

But tent people don't actually ever sell tents do they?

(but I might buy that 3 from you... )
Summer before last we did the grand teton with my step son, so needed a lightweight 3man. I like the Skyledge2 so much that it was a no-brainer to get the 3. I'll keep it for the next 3 person epic, otherwise never gets used.

I'd be embarassed to list the tents i've owned. It's an architectural thing maybe - I was always a big fan of Bucky Fuller, so I've got a fetish for geodesic tensile structures . So, I keep looking for the perfect tent.

I've whittled it down to a couple, but could stand to whittle some more. So yes, I'm thinking the tepee (Hex3) needs to go. Wife hates it, so even if i think it's a brilliant design a reasonable/fair offer would do it, I'm afraid...

Got a nice TNF Cumulus 3 (which can actually sleep 4) which is nice for car camping which I should also unload.

...hey isn't this HBN's thread?

Mike...
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #187
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:27 PM   #188
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:51 AM   #189
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cross state ruck'n

As you all by now know, I am moving to NOVA. I have brought my stuff up but have yet to park the bikes up here. So I set forth today with my ruck on a quest to place a VA tag and ride to the red light district

A farm outside Leaksville.


Luray Carolon


211 through SNP


Tempting but I don't want to get beaten up by some greenies...


How's this for fall foliage




Many apples down at the tourist traps of Sperryville




I shit you not..."Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"

"maybe 30 up this hill?!"

"I clocked you at 40 in this 55"

Gave me the circle jerk about VA scooter laws and keeping it under 35. I did...for about a mile. Dude...it's a scooter

Back on the road...

Got Bruced on the nova tag


But placed the VATag


Clifton VA and its iconic sign


And crossing over Bull Run Creek near Fountainhead Park


Finally home. Now to ride the Strom back Friday.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:50 PM   #190
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As you all by now know, I am moving to NOVA. I have brought my stuff up but have yet to park the bikes up here. So I set forth today with my ruck on a quest to place a VA tag and ride to the red light district

A farm outside Leaksville.


Luray Carolon


211 through SNP


Tempting but I don't want to get beaten up by some greenies...


How's this for fall foliage




Many apples down at the tourist traps of Sperryville




I shit you not..."Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"

"maybe 30 up this hill?!"

"I clocked you at 40 in this 55"

Gave me the circle jerk about VA scooter laws and keeping it under 35. I did...for about a mile. Dude...it's a scooter

Back on the road...

Got Bruced on the nova tag


But placed the VATag


Clifton VA and its iconic sign


And crossing over Bull Run Creek near Fountainhead Park


Finally home. Now to ride the Strom back Friday.

You take so many nice photos, I'm all for starting a fund to get you a nice camera. Maybe a Canon S95 perhaps? Still small, but good quality images.


Anyone?
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:03 PM   #191
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Why thank you. I know many of you see the nice photos but it is wheeling around and stopping to take them that is the difficult part.

I plan to get a nice camera here once I settle in to my new position. We can then have hppy and gimme turn it into a camera thread for a week or two like they did with tents (I don't care what anyone says, you guys rock)
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:13 PM   #192
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Why thank you. I know many of you see the nice photos but it is wheeling around and stopping to take them that is the difficult part.

I plan to get a nice camera here once I settle in to my new position. We can then have hppy and gimme turn it into a camera thread for a week or two like they did with tents (I don't care what anyone says, you guys rock)
Cameras? Yeah, I've got a couple
I like my S90. S95 looks like it's got some worthwhile improvements.

Oh yeah, BTW,... photograph THIS
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:55 PM   #193
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Ain't out to break a camera...
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:16 PM   #194
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Oooh you wanna talk about cameras eh?

If there's one thing I have more of than tents, that cameras. Yes we could spend a little time on that...

But I'll wait 'til asked.
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:26 PM   #195
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Hey HBN- is that pic from fountainhead park retouched or filtered at all? or are the leaves really looking that good there?

FYI..i grew up in NOVA and go home quite a bit. Maybe we can catch up sometime up there.

Took the old Honda out for a good ride today. Wishing I had your type of knowledge and tenacity to just get on her and goooooooooo.
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