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Eric Chambers
(tomandme34) - F
Tent on 12/02/2008 09:10:01 MST Print View

Hey we just went on our first backpack trip. we went to the Red River Gorge.
we only stayed one night.
the tent i have now is a bit to small for my comfort. i have eureka solitaire one person tent.
I dont want to us a tarp.
i didnt have a sleeping pad either so if you have any ideas! please tell me!


Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Tent on 12/02/2008 09:32:21 MST Print View

Here are my suggestions for a tent


Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 - The seedhouse has a ton of interior room for its weight and has been very storm worthy for me.

Single Wall:

Tarptent Rainbow - This is another big but light solo shelter, but I don't think single walls do as well in the humid east as they do out west.

Here are my suggestions on a sleeping pad

Inflating Mats:

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core - Super Comfy, packs up small, cheaper
Thermarest Prolite 3 - Reasonably Comfy, packs up small


Thermarest Ridgerest light and cheap, but bulky and not super comfy.
Thermarest Z-lite light and cheap, but not real comfortable

Edited by Mocs123 on 12/02/2008 09:36:22 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Tent on 12/02/2008 09:37:44 MST Print View


We can offer a more informed answer if we know more about your intended use ... especially climate. Also, how much too small was the Solitaire for your comfort.

But you can find w good variety of light weight shelters at TarpTent

Also some at Six Moon Designs and Mountain Laurel Designs

You'll find fans of all these shelters on BPL. I like TarpTents (and they are on sale right now)

Edited by jcolten on 12/02/2008 09:38:43 MST.

Eric Chambers
(tomandme34) - F
re: tent on 12/02/2008 09:41:05 MST Print View

Its winter right now in OH and KY that is where are go backpacking it getting below 0 sometimes around here

Ross Bleakney
(rossbleakney) - MLife

Locale: Cascades
Tent on 12/02/2008 11:15:54 MST Print View

Brad's list is a good one. All the tents made by TarpTent or Six Moons are very good (especially if you are used to a double walled tent). For a sleeping pad, I would add Gossamer Gear sleeping pads to the list. If you go with an inflatable, and it doesn't contain down, I would recommend a thinlight (from Gossamer Gear) to supplement your pad. You might even double up with a thicker closed cell pad at the temperatures you mentioned (although that adds a fair amount of bulk). A great deal of heat is lost to the ground if your padding is insufficient.

martin cooperman
(martyc) - M

Locale: Industrial Midwest
Tents and pads in the NorthEast on 12/02/2008 11:22:28 MST Print View

I'm from Cleveland. If most of your backpacking is like mine, it takes place between Columbus Day and Easter. If that is the case, a tent may not be your best choice.

At this time of year bugs are generally not an issue. Thus a tarp, especially one that can hug the ground, might work well. I use the fly on my MSR Hubba, but there are lots of other tarp and tarp-ish options too.

The latest writeup on lightweight tents goes to great lengths to dissuade folks in humid climates from buying single wall / tarp tents. They mention this twice. In my experience, Ohio and Kentucky are humid environments, summer and winter. These tents will condense more than you may like.

As for ground pads, most of your heat will be lost downwards, not upwards. Spend your money and weight on ground insulation. A Gossamer Gear Nightlight Pad and a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core together would be a fine winter combination. Especially if you have a pack that will accept one or the other as a 'frame sheet'.

Richard Matthews
(food) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Tent on 12/02/2008 13:31:20 MST Print View

Would you consider a hammock?

You ground dwellers are so cute when you pretend sleeping on the ground is comfortable.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Tent on 12/02/2008 14:16:03 MST Print View

You hammock campers are so cute when you think you're saving weight.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Tent possibilities on 12/02/2008 18:26:10 MST Print View

You might check out the Hilleberg line of tents. They are relatively light, double walled and pitch as a unit. Better for humid areas than a single wall tent. Henry Shire's new double wall tarptent, The Scarp 1, might also be worth a look. Montbell and Cascade Designs make excellent self inflating pads that are fairly light and compact but vulnerable to punctures, while Gossamer Gear offers very light closed cell foam pads that are bulkier but impervious to punctures. Tradeoffs.

Eric Chambers
(tomandme34) - F
tents and pads on 12/03/2008 07:56:25 MST Print View

thanks! for the help

My Sleeping bag got ripped up.. my dog got a hold of it.

any ideas for a new sleeping bag?

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Sleeping Bag on 12/03/2008 12:23:54 MST Print View

How much do you want to spend and what temperature rating are you looking for?

If you can keep it away from your dog, I would recommend Western Mountaineering bags, they are the best I have ever used.