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    Need advice on Tents

    Hey Campers,
    I've been doing some research, and noticed some tents have sleeves for the tenant poles, while others have clips. Any suggestions (sleeves vs clips)? My initial thought is that the sleeves would be better, but the salesman at REI said they're both equally as good. I'm most concerned about longevity. It looks like the clips might break or the stitching might come out where the clips are sewn into the tent.

    FWIW. I'm looking at getting a two man tent. It's only for me. I've got some good suggestions by reading the past posts.
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    As an owner of 4 tents I see no advantage clips v. sleeves. I do recommend a fly that extends quite low and large vestabules. Our favorite tent is a 4 person Quest with a front and rear vestabule.
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    friends want to know

    my riding buddies want to know if they make a tent with a shield that reflects snoring noises back into the tent??
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    I'm with Statdawg- I too have an REI tent that didn't flinch at the Lima storm. I prefer clips though, as I find sleeves to be a bit more labour-intensive to set up since you have to thread the poles through them.

    I have the Taj 3- check it out; it's a great tent.
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    I have two tents, one of each type, sleeves and clips. I find it easier to set up the clip tent to the sleeves. Mine has had no problems in the wind. I do like the Taj3 from REI it has served me well.
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    (sleeves vs clips)? I'm most concerned about longevity. To answer your question, sleeves are stronger, but clips allow more airflow. Theoretically.

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    Bibler...no clips (outside) no sleeves, no fly. A little pricey! but like any good piece of gear, well worth the investment.

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    Have you checked out the camping section of the main site?
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    Poles can catch on sleeves as you try to insert or remove them, especially in the dark or when you are trying to work quickly in poor weather. That's why I swore off sleeves, even though they are supposed to be stronger for the weight. But remember, the tent is on the bike, not on your back.

    The tent you've chosen is one of the best for solo motorcycle camping: packed size, inside height and no sleeves. I would have bought one, except it was released shortly after I bought another.

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    I am on my third tent in thirty years. First was a Eureka Timberline, clips. It stood up great on top of Mt. Washington for two winter trips, 100+ mph, it also toured Mexico for two Summers. Alas it did not withstand my partners crampons tearing the floor. I then bought a Moss, tubes, it was great dual vestibules went with me kayaking in Florida for ten years, no footprint and the sand wore out the floor. Now I have a Marmot,again tubes, It packs up small in a "taco shell" and has a huge vestible dual doors and a gear loft. Bought it on sale at REI. Buy the best you can then amorterize by the number of nights spent in it, Both of the old tents cost less then $.50 per night. Using that philosophy I buy good toys thus the R1150R, and MG LM1 from 1976 in my garage.

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    Thanks again for everyone's advice. Although I haven't shelled out the $$$$ yet, I have decided on getting the REI Half Dome 2 HC. I think I'll wait a few weeks to see if REI has an end of summer sale.

    FWIW, I liked the tent because:
    * It's longer than most in it's class at 90", which is important since I'm 6'1".
    * It has a decent width at 54".
    * Two entries and two vestibules with ample area.
    * Wasn't too expensive at $169. (yeah, I know there are some cheaper)
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    I wound up buying a Kelty Gunnison4 and it is a nice setup with stacks of room for me and all the gear and another person too. The prices are a great compromise between the Coleman and others, quality is good, it goes up fast and packs quickly too.

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    I use a Eureka Backcountry 2. The price was reasonable ($130 or thereabouts) and it stood up well to the winds at this year's Iowa Rally. It doesn't have a vestibule but if I have wet things I designate a corner of the tent for them.

    See http://www.mrob.net/7101/16701.html and scroll down a bit for a photo and my review.
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    Clips are Quicker

    I think that a clip tent is much easier to set up, especially in the dark.

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