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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/15/2009 22:05:42 MDT Print View

http://www.backpacker.com/gear_lab_tents/videos/102

Heh. Heh.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/15/2009 22:52:13 MDT Print View

I'd rather see them go down the highway on the back of a flat bed truck. Past fire hoses.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/16/2009 13:09:17 MDT Print View

I am still looking for the article on the test of hiking boots in a cement mixer. Seriously.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
How tough do you think your tent is on 10/16/2009 13:10:17 MDT Print View

I can see the headline now - "Hiker gets in trouble with the Mob!"

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/16/2009 13:36:40 MDT Print View

Are they ever going to get tired of pushing the bombproof thing?

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/16/2009 14:40:36 MDT Print View

And the point is? What real-life conditions are these meant to simulate?

How about an all-night snowstorm? See Roger's When Things Go Wrong article.

Also, durability, or at least perceived durability sells.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Car-wash durability on 10/16/2009 14:49:35 MDT Print View

>And the point is? What real-life conditions are these meant to simulate?

Hey, if you ever have to set your shelter up in a car wash, you're good to go.

Why I don't subscribe to Backpacker anymore . . .

Sigh,

Stargazer

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Car-wash durability on 10/16/2009 14:55:03 MDT Print View

If I set my car up in a car wash, I likely have more problems than just tent durability. Like why I'm not in the woods.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/16/2009 15:16:35 MDT Print View

Pretty similar to how they test for hydrostatic head in the lab....except without the soap.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
"How tough do you think your tent is?" on 10/16/2009 18:19:55 MDT Print View

I see the dumbos at Backpacker Magazine didn't notice that the Golite Valhalla 2+ Shelter is not labeled or advertised as a "mountaneering" tent. It offers "weather protection, unparalleled space-to-weight ratio, and superb durability." but I just hate how they beat the crap out of Golite's reputation.

Ugh watching that video makes me want to upchuck almost as much as whenever our dearest President speaks to the public. -_-

cheers

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Backpacker Videos on 10/19/2009 08:05:41 MDT Print View

I thought it was a fun video but I would have rather seen them do a sustained test of 24 hours than a high-powered spray of 3-5 minutes. That would have given a better picture of how well the tents would stand up in a real-life situation.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
How tough do you think your tent is? on 10/19/2009 08:13:05 MDT Print View

Evan - the Golite was spraying (spraying!) water from where it was taped. That sucks. If I owned one and it leaked like that I would want to upchuck.

Regardless, the others are more waterproof.

Golite contends the tent is 4 season.