Hope all had a Joyous Christmas! I need to finally get a new tent after many many years of great service of my old one (brand no longer made). So I am looking for testimonies from people who have toured with their tents in the past year or three.
I am looking for a tent that MUST: 1) sleep one restless sleeper plus gear (F&R panniers; 2) has a max of three non-fiberglass poles; 3) be able to sit up in; 4) sub-six pounds when fully packed (poles, tent, fly, stakes, etc.); 5) high quality
I PREFER the tent: 1) have great ventilation (camping temps are usually is in the 65-85 range) at night so great ventilation is strongly desired; 2) Short folded pole length; 3) traditional poles [no funking 45 degree bends in the middle of a single section (I too old school
), "T" pole (hubs okay though), etc.]; 4) heavier/durable materials over shaving grams; 5) strong zippers or can be retro-fitted with such); 6) minor vestibule over entrance to keep rain out of tent
I don't care: 1) if free-standing; 2) what color (no hot pink); 3) brand; 4) for tarps/canopy only.
Some tents I have considered are NF Vector 22; SD Lightening; and Black Diamond/Bibler several varieties. An interesting tent is the NEMO which does not use any poles but is self standing. I'll wait until the techonolgy proves itself but it is sort of cool.
May we all have a wonderful New Year!!
Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!