Re: Good 2 1/2 Person Tents
Ben Alford (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Mon, 2 Nov 1992 16:31:19 EST
> My troop mostly does "dump" camping, with maybe one overnight backpack
> per year. We currently rely on boys bringing their own tents because
> the last batch of troop-owned tents are now worn out. However, the
> troop committe is considering buying new tents once again.
> I am looking for info, both pro and con, about specific tents which troops
> have owned. I want one truly big enough for two persons plus their gear.
> Seems to me that most two-person tents have enough just for ME and MY gear.
> Although we don't backpack much, I think canvas would still be too heavy
> and bulky. (That's what Philmont issued when I was a Ranger way back in
> 1970.) I am looking for something sturdy, truely keeps out the rain and
> doesn't cost $100's of dollars.
> I am using a dome tent from Walmark which cost $45, has a waterPROOF floor,
> says it sleeps two, but isn't big enough. In all other ways it meets
> my specs.
Many troops swear by Eureka Timberline tents. They cost a bit, but last a
looong time. My troop tried to save money by getting cheap dome tents. We
had to keep replacing them, so we really didn't save money in the long term.
One thing to note is 2 man tents sleep 2 WITHOUT gear. Gear should stay
outside. If you want to keep gear in the tents (you run the risk of damaging
floor) get a larger size tent, ie 2.5/3/4 person tents.
I still use a Timberline that is about 15 years old. The waterproofing is
flacking off, but I still stay dry.
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