updated: 2018-11

index

The following is a list of the current tents we have used along with their current roles.

  1. 3 season – Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3
  2. 4 season – Sierra Designs Convert 2 2015 version
  3. 1 person 3 season – Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2
  4. car camping & backup – ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2
  5. retired – ALPS Mountaineering Edge 2

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tents

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Tent (REI non affiliate Link)

  • owned since: 2018/8
  • current status: tent for normal backpacking (2 person)
  • acquired: REI members only garage sale
  • condition when acquired: used
  • paid: $230.83 + $13.00 state tax
  • type: 3 person semi-freestanding tent
  • seasons: 3 seasons
  • doors: 2 door
  • pack size: 5.5 x 19 inches
  • vestibules: 2 by the doors, 8 sq. ft. each
  • minimum trail weight:  2 lbs. 10 oz.
  • packaged weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.
  • floor dimensions: 86 x 66/60 inches, 38 sq. ft.
  • peak height: 42 inches
  • poles: 1 NFL aluminum DAC Featherlite (9.3mm diameter)
  • walls: single walled
  • Canopy Fabric: Breathable ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
  • Floor Fabric: Silicone-treated ripstop nylon
  • rain fly: Silicone-treated ripstop nylon – can be used with just ground sheet (sold separately)
    • We needed a tent on emergency bases as we had to resent our Sierra Designs Convert 2 back in for repair so we picked up this tent.
    • It was very similar in construction to my BA Fly Creek HV UL2, but had 2 doors and vestibules.
    • We took this on our last backpacking trip returning to Ausangate. I was worried about how it would hold up since it is a 3 season tent, but it held up well even in a crazy hailstorm.
    • Unlike the Fly Creek, we didn’t have any condensation issues.
    • My biggest complaint is that the zipper on the rainfly are very difficult to zip and get caught constantly on the fly.
    • This is our standard backpacking tent going forward and to take advantage of the fly/footprint setup, I splurged recently and bought the footprint to this tent for $63.99 + $3.22 tax. Part of the reason was the base of the tent doesn’t fit the tyvek dimensions very well either.

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Sierra Designs Convert 2 2015 version (2017 Sierra Designs Convert 2 version)

  • owned since: 2015
  • current status: tent for tougher climates
  • acquired: theclymb.com
  • condition when acquired: new
  • paid: $455.98 with $114.00 discount off $569.98 (won $500 credit with sweepstakes, so free)
  • type: 2 person freestanding tent
  • seasons: 4 seasons
  • doors: 1 door
  • pack size: 5.5 x 19 inches
  • vestibules: 1 removable by the doors, 12.4 sq. ft. & 10.9 oz
  • trail weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz. without vestibule
  • pack weight: 5 lbs. 2 oz.
  • floor dimensions: 87 x 56/49 inches, 31.7 sq. ft.
  • peak height: 39 inches
  • poles: Aluminum DAC NSL poles (3 connected, 1 seperate, 1 for vestibules)
  • walls: double walled
  • rain fly: attached as the 2nd wall – 20-denier ripstop polyester
    • We’ve taken this tent to several trips around the world and is our go to tent for incremental climates.
    • We really like how quickly this sets up because the fly is attached to the tent itself. An additional benefit of that is setting this up in the rain won’t lead to the inside getting wet.
    • When setup, this tent handles the wind very well, even when it’s swarling.
    • For a 4 season tent, this is pretty light.
    • One issue is that the ventilation is a little lacking and can lead to a bit of condensation build up.
    • A second issue is that the vestibule is a bit flimsy and can be pushed around and collapsed easily in the wind. We’ve had to use our packs the weigh down the sides.
    • Lastly, the support staff for the tent is great and they even repaired my snapped poles from trying to set up the tent is way too windy weather in Norway for free.

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Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 (REI non affiliate Link)

  • owned since: 2018/6
  • current status: tent for normal backpacking (1 person or 2 people snuggly)
  • acquired: REI members only garage sale
  • condition when acquired: used – reason: felt too flimsy, smaller than expected
  • paid: $114.83 + $6.60 state tax
  • type: 2 person semi-freestanding tent
  • seasons: 3 seasons
  • doors: 1 door
  • pack size: 4 x 19 inches
  • vestibules: 1 by the doors, 8 sq. ft.
  • minimum trail weight:  1 lbs. 17 oz.
  • packaged weight: 2 lbs. 5 oz.
  • floor dimensions: 86 x 52/42 inches, 28 sq. ft.
  • peak height: 40 inches
  • poles: 1 aluminum DAC Featherlite (8.7mm diameter)
  • walls: single walled
  • rain fly: detachable Ripstop nylon – can be used with just ground sheet (sold separately)
    • This is currently my 1 person tent for typical backpacking.  This is ideal 1 person than 2 as noted by the previous owner as it is too narrow to fit 2 people comfortably especially at the foot of the tent.
    • It served me well during my JMT hike as it was quick to setup and was good in the rain and wind I did get, though it was more of an afternoon problem.
    • I used tyvek for my ground sheet, so I couldn’t set it up in the fly/groundsheet setup. Though I will be looking for the groundsheet in upcoming REI garage sales.
    • One negative about the tent was that I had issues with condensation on the sides. It was better when there was a breeze through the night.
    • A second negative is that the meshing is starting to fray a little. I might need to contact Big Agnes about it.

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ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2-Person Tent

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  • owned since: 2016
  • current status: our tent for casual camping and backpacking
  • acquired: backcountry.com
  • condition when acquired: new
  • paid: $144.78
  • type: 2 person freestanding tent
  • seasons: 3 seasons
  • doors: 2 door
  • pack size: 6.5 x 19 inches
  • vestibules: 2 by the doors, 17 sq. ft.
  • trail weight:  4 lbs. 15 oz.
  • pack weight: 5 lbs. 6 oz.
  • floor dimensions: 88 x 52/44 inches, 31.5 sq. ft.
  • peak height: 42 inches
  • poles: 3 7000-series aluminum (8.5mm)
  • walls: single walled
  • rain fly: detachable 75D 185T polyester
    • This was the cheap tent we bought to replace our previous 3 season casual camping tent.
    • We’ve only used this so far for car camping as it is a bit heavier, but it is manageable only to share the weight between 2 people.
    • The mesh interior wall is nice for the views when the weather is nice, however we had a couple minor defects where the mesh connects to the walls on our tent (small holes from bad stitching).
    • A negative of the mesh walls it allows the heat to escape pretty easily.
    • I would recommend this for beginner backpackers.

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ALPS Mountaineering Edge 2 Tent (current version – Taurus 2-Person Tent)

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  • owned since: 2011
  • current status: retired 2016 since I lost the poles and stakes on a trip
  • acquired: REI.com clearance
  • condition when acquired: new
  • paid: $76.93
  • type: 2 person freestanding tent
  • seasons: 3 seasons
  • doors: 2 doors
  • vestibules: 2 by the doors, 20 sq. ft.
  • trail weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz.
  • pack weight:
  • floor dimensions: 7.5 ft x 5 ft, 37 sq. ft.
  • poles: 2 Aluminum 7000-series
  • walls: double walled (including the fly)
  • rain fly: included –  Polyester taffeta
    • This tent has held up well through the years, including putting up with the Patagonia winds.
    • It was simple to set up with just 2 crisscrossing poles.
    • With the rain cover on, we never had problems with rain leakage so it provided good protection as a nice 3 season tent.
    • This is a great beginner tent for the cost, though not the lightest.

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