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    Took my Catoma Switchback tent to Sedalia and bought a Redverz tent to replace it.
    Both tents are easy to set up but the Redverz offers 6'4" of head room. The ability to stand up and dress/undress when in ones tent has become more and more important to me as I get older. Ease of set up and take down, vestibule/storage outside of sleeping area, are also important. Next year I should be able to give honest feedback on my choice. Ride Safe
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    Kelty 2 and Kelty 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I am tent poor! Many in my storage and I still shop for the perfect one. I have been very close with my REI, small 1+ man tent(Bullfrog). Its getting old(25y) however and has been so faithful to my need. The Kelty Gunnison 2 sold at Aerostitch and perhaps other locales is in my sights. I want another VERY quick setup tent, bombproof as my REI has been. REI has not made mine anymore. Anybody know this tent mentioned by Kelty? I have seen it at rallies, but no input from owners. If I spend 5 minutes or "LESS" on tent setup, I'm very happy and very weatherproof. Never owned a Kelty product. Randy
    Having used a Kelty 2 for three years, I have to say it has never let me down in some tremendous downpours, and the aluminum poles have survived some grand windstorms. The two vestibules with their own entrances are something I found out that I will never be without in a tent. I recommend it highly....

    But...

    I am six three, and decided that I just had to have more sitting headroom and storage area inside for the times I was going to stay put for more than a day or two of camping. So, I bought the Gunnison 4, the exact duplicate of the Gunnison 2, except that it is larger. I've used the Gunnison 4 for 4 years now. So, I have both and can decide which to use whenever I go off, but I always use the large Gunnison 4 now.

    Both have the great vestibules, 2 aluminum poles, store very small (the Gunny 4 is not all that much larger packed up), are cool, and good for some really cold camping. You can't go wrong with these tents, if that is what you select.
    Good luck!
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    Whatever you get, consider purchasing a compression bag instead of using the stuff sack that comes with it. My tent compresses down to less than half the space it takes up with the stuff sack. I put the poles of my tent inside a rolled up Thermarest Standard. I'll have to reconsider what to do when I upgrade the pad to something smaller.
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    Ortlieb Bag:)

    I have been using these bags for years with much success to store my tents and the like. They are water tight and compress really well with multiple straps, making tents and other items SMALLer for the bike. I may well have to choose the bigger Kelty G3 or even the G4, when time comes to buy. I like the room, just NEED the ease of setup and they seem to be axact duplicates of the smaller version G2. Two poles sure beats 3, 4 or more poles. I'm not into superstructure building my tents IF I can find equal strength with two. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkoreis View Post
    Whatever you get, consider purchasing a compression bag instead of using the stuff sack that comes with it. My tent compresses down to less than have the space it takes up with the stuff sack.
    That makes sense. I use compression sacks for everything else, might as well stuff the tent in one. My only fear is forgetting poles, pegs, groundcloth, or the tent itself.

    It's nice to have it in one package.
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    Hi Tom

    I don't know if we have ever met at one of the YB event's, but if we have, you might have seen me some last year bring a tent with the wrong poles.... (yes, i have way too many tents).

    Anyone, after one rally where my wife got tired of me having to cob something together; she decided that i needed a system for my tents/pole/ground-cloth dilemma. She had me set each one up with the corresponding pole set and ground cloth. Then on the bags that went with each of the above, she tied a matching ribbon. Now i know that as long as i have three bags with the same ribbon color, that i will be all set once i get to the rally.

    I guess that there is something to be said for being organized. not that i have any idea as to how one goes about being that way.....

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    tent

    I have a Eureka Tetragon 3 a older model and like it a lot. Bought the 3 so maybe 2 people and gear can go inside it, one person has lots of room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpc2 View Post
    I don't know if we have ever met at one of the YB event's, but if we have, you might have seen me some last year bring a tent with the wrong poles.... (yes, i have way too many tents).
    Good idea about the color coding. I'm up to about 10 tents I think, but don't want to know exactly. And there is no way I'd put them all in one place for my wife to count! She's only vaguely aware of motorcycles in the driveway and she doesn't know how many of those either!

    No, I haven't been to any YB events, but know many of those folks from other places.
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    Not alone!

    Guees I'm alike with many here, tents stored all about the garage? Almost ready to start my own Sherpa Camp. Visited REI yesterday and they were very limited to tents on hand in store, so guess on line shopping is key. Fair to them, is they do offer a LOT of online options and could not possibly carry that many tents in store. My pic was not there. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Guees I'm alike with many here, tents stored all about the garage? Almost ready to start my own Sherpa Camp. Visited REI yesterday and they were very limited to tents on hand in store, so guess on line shopping is key. Fair to them, is they do offer a LOT of online options and could not possibly carry that many tents in store. My pic was not there. Randy
    I usually wait until the closeouts that happen sometime around January. Half price or less is very common, and with REI, they'll ship it to the store for free.
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    Still on fence!

    I still shop and wait. Guess its a good thing to have this option. My narrowed field is still the Kelty Gunnison 3 or maybe 4. AND, found the Eureka Mountain Pass 3xte, very neat idea. Both offer 2 doors, two vestibules, options I LIKE. 2 pole designs too, simple. The latter has a simple 3rd pole for fly use only. REI has end of season coming up, I watch in"tent"ly, no pun in"tent"ed...Am I bad. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    I still shop and wait. Guess its a good thing to have this option. My narrowed field is still the Kelty Gunnison 3 or maybe 4. AND, found the Eureka Mountain Pass 3xte, very neat idea. Both offer 2 doors, two vestibules, options I LIKE. 2 pole designs too, simple. The latter has a simple 3rd pole for fly use only. REI has end of season coming up, I watch in"tent"ly, no pun in"tent"ed...Am I bad. Randy
    Randy,

    When you find out when REI has their tent sale, would you mind posting here in GEAR so I don't forget?

    Thanks.

    I'm also looking.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    I have used a 4 person Timberline tent for lots of years. Started with just the two of us, then added a child and then the second. At that point it was too small. It has continued to serve as a great tent for the two of us or just me (but it is huge inside for just one) or on a trip when you were willing to share tent space with another. However it is now 32 yrs old and a bit worn. I still use it as a back up tent.

    I replaced it with an MSR Velo tent. Great tent, two doors with a small boot size vesitbule on one side and the other is a vestibule as big as the two person tent is itself. It is a great tent to take when you are going to be moving around a little and might have to hang out in some bad weather yet don't want to take a larger tarp. The large vestibule is large enough to sit under, put all your gear under etc. The two doors makes it great to get into the tent via the small vestibule side. The size at 52 inches wide is workable for two folks. Each can then stick stuff in the gear loft or just outside the door on their side. Set up is a little longer as the three poles are slipped through sleeves and then fly is best staked out. For two people who know what is going on without a rush, 10 minutes. For one person 15.

    I wanted a smaller tent for just me. I seriously looked around and had settled on the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. 42 inches at shoulder, 30 at feet with a small vestibule and easy set up looked about right. When I was buying at REI with dividend and sale, they were not selling them (were up to a few months before and seem to be again). So I bought something else

    I did buy the MSR Hubba Hubba two person. For a two person tent it would be tight at 50 inches. If I need two person space I have another tent. With that space it is spaciouis for 1. It works out very well. Not huge vestibules, but enough and with extra space inside, and two doors it is easy to have gear and such under one of the vestibules and still have the other availabe as entry / exit.
    easy setup up and quality product. It is a good product.

    As for REI sales and such. Call and ask. They will tell you.

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    I'll try:)

    Keep this thread alive a while. REI does have end of year sellouts every year. My current Tadpole REI is about 25 years+ old now and I just packed it to Sedalia and back, solo journey. Its a simple one+ man unit and I cannot imagine a better made tent. It grows old however and still very usable, only the fly shows sun discolor. I will move to a bigger 3 man version of something, BUT simple setup is paramount. I am not into tent archetecture schemes and many are this. The single wall "Black Diamonds and Biblers" are something few talk about and maybe rightly so, as they are PRICEY at near twice the cost. Randy

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    Whichever brand you look at, you need to start with a list of features you really want. High on the list for me are sturdy aluminum poles, tent doors that have a zip-open interior lining so the tent can be left screened in from bugs yet allow a breeze through, and a zip-out roof liner so I can have a mesh roof in warm weather yet close the tent in during cold weather. I've used REI in the past, my old GeoDome had some of the above features and lasted a long time, but it seems like so many of their tents now have mesh-only roofs and they are COLD for spring or fall camping.

    My current favorite tent is a Mountain Hardware Hammerhead 3. Very sturdy and roomy, and only slightly larger pack size than the two-man version I had before. The increased headroom is nice, too. Mountain Hardwear stuff is very well-made and durable, have had great results with them over the years. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer, etc. etc. etc.

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