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Tents: What is green and open on both sides?
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Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Tents: What is green and open on both sides? on 04/03/2012 02:50:58 MDT Print View

Your end point could be debated to great lengths because "noticing something" is influenced by many variables, and I'd argue that for blending in, the edge would go to green in most cases.

Camouflage makes my entire point in this discussion. The patterns and colors used for camouflage in an environment, mimic that environment. Militaries would never send urban camo (grays&black) into the hills or forests.

Forest green or mid to dark green is the most common color that tents are produced in. It seems that it is mainly US based brands which most often deviate from this (Marmot, REI, Mountain Hardwear, SD,etc.). I would bet that the majority of tent buyers in the US, don't camp in the wild, or at least don't camp beyond designated campsites. The members of this forum excluded of course.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Gatewood on 04/03/2012 07:48:11 MDT Print View

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape comes in forest green. I have mine in grey and I love it, but green would be cool. I don't know what you mean by open on both sides exactly, but the GWC is open all around. You can pitch it so you have a few inches open on all sides with the front being very open.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Re: on 04/03/2012 08:46:19 MDT Print View

6 yards of the new zpacks dark green 0.75 cuben A framed

P. Larson
(reacttocontact) - F
Re: Tents: What is green and open on both sides? on 04/03/2012 09:14:18 MDT Print View

Kind of big for one person, but it IS green and open on both sides..... =)

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Edited by reacttocontact on 04/03/2012 09:15:48 MDT.

Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Re: on 04/03/2012 09:15:27 MDT Print View

The thread isn't about tarps; the purpose of the tread is to highlight the lack of tentmakers offering two-vestibule or two-door solo tents in green. (or fly panels that stow on each side opening viewing and ventilation)

Users of tarps and two-door, two-person tents reap the benefits and pleasure of expanded viewing, expanded ventilation and expanded access. All of those elements are valuable to all backpackers, yet surprisingly few solo tents offer this combination, and quite rare is this combination in the very common tent color of green.

The only ones known to me are:

Six Moon Designs: Scout/Trekker

LightHeart Gear: Solo/SoLong 6

Mont-bell: Crescent 1

Luxe Outdoor: Mini Peak/Speedup

Black Wolf: Mantis 1

Edited by Miles2go on 04/03/2012 09:20:21 MDT.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Not solo....but.. on 04/03/2012 09:38:17 MDT Print View

Here is a solo two door tent that is green.
http://www.nemoequipment.com/nemo2011-gogole-tent

Also, this is not solo, so it doesn't meet your requirements, but it is really nice green and has two doors!

http://www.rei.com/product/797208/nemo-meta-2p-tent

Edited by jleeb on 04/03/2012 09:47:20 MDT.

Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Not solo....but.. on 04/03/2012 10:21:35 MDT Print View

I could likely list 20-30 two-person tents which are open to views and ventilation in two directions, sold in green.

Also, I'm not looking for a tent but if I found one as described that I really like, I would buy it. If all of the gray lightweight tents were offered in green, I would have already bought one, I'm sure there are many others in the same boat. I've strongly considered the SMD Trekker and the LightHeart Gear Solo. I've also considered having another zipper installed on the non-door side of my Hilleberg Unna, which would allow me to stow that fly panel. To me the little bit of added weight would be well worth it, if I could have the work done at the same quality in which Hilleberg builds their tents.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Re: Re: Not solo....but.. on 04/03/2012 11:19:04 MDT Print View

So what do you think about that Gogo LE that I also posted? It is solo, has 2 openings, and is green. I actually had never heard of it before looking for it for this thread. It's actually quite a neat shelter.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
What about.... on 04/03/2012 11:19:25 MDT Print View

One person tent, open on two sides, green. Eureka Backcountry 1. I don't know if that fits the "broadly" open on two sides requirement.

http://store.eurekatent.com/backcountry-1-tent

Eureka

Ryan

Edited by ViolentGreen on 04/03/2012 11:21:06 MDT.

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Re: What about.... on 04/03/2012 11:21:37 MDT Print View

Nice find

Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Re: What about.... on 04/03/2012 11:46:01 MDT Print View

Jon, that's neat but you can't sit up in it. Another class I'd say. Nemo has some interesting takes on classic tent shapes. I think their green is a little too much toward neon.

Ryan, impressive that you found that one but I think it falls short in the open department, on the back side.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPdLAoGDXgs


We're holding at the following 5 tentmakers:

Six Moon Designs: Scout/Trekker

LightHeart Gear: Solo/SoLong 6

Mont-bell: Crescent 1

Luxe Outdoor: Mini Peak/Speedup

Black Wolf: Mantis 1

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Re: What about.... on 04/03/2012 12:18:10 MDT Print View

Jon-

Yeah, only the two narrow ends are open not the broad sides. Not too bad considering it's Eureka though.

Ryan

Edited by ViolentGreen on 04/03/2012 12:22:20 MDT.

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Alps Mystique 1.5 & Coleman Libra X1 on 04/03/2012 13:43:52 MDT Print View

Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 (green rain fly)

Alps Mystique 1.5

Coleman Libra X1

You would have to double check on how open the opposite side is. The tent has a little green.

Libra X1

Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Alps Mystique 1.5 & Coleman Libra X1 on 04/03/2012 14:09:36 MDT Print View

LOL. I was probably on the Alps site about 30 minutes before you posted. Aside from that "Hey, over here!" orange the Mystique 1.5 looked like a low buck close one, but just for the hay of it I checked for video and it doesn't look so green in real life. Good effort on Alps' part.

I saw the Libra X1 early this am and thought it would blend in nicely on the shoulder of the road somewhere. :)

Both solo tents with a little green on them and open on both sides. I like the approach on the Alps tent; a copy of the MSR Zoid 1.5.

Edited by Miles2go on 04/03/2012 14:16:47 MDT.

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: Re: Alps Mystique 1.5 & Coleman Libra X1 on 04/03/2012 16:17:09 MDT Print View

I actually own the Alps Mystique 1.5. It isn't the lightest tent by any stretch of the imagination, but I bought it because of the side entry, dual vestibules, and the extra space on the inside of the tent. Overall I think it is a good product at a good price point.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Tarp on 04/03/2012 16:35:31 MDT Print View

Technically a tarp becomes a tent when you set it up.

I find that the most comfortable tent in hot muggy weather is one made from a tarp.
You have lots of pitch options from very open on multiple sides to very closed down to protect from a blowing storm.

If the weather changes in the middle of the night, it is easy to fix.

If bugs are an issue, a bug bivy or bug net inner makes a tarp into a four season shelter.

You can't beat the flexibility of a tarp.

Of course most people are never going to want to take the time to figure out the skills to make a tarp work for them, so they are limited to a less flexible shelter.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Tents: What is green and open on both sides? on 04/03/2012 17:55:52 MDT Print View

I personally dislike green, especially bright green. I like "silnylon gray" which is a greenish-gray, and blends in quite well with the landscape.

My ZPacks Hexamid Twin is listed as "olive drab" which is actually fairly close to "silnylon gray," but lighter. At least it's not bright! It is definitely not the garish green shown in the photos on Joe's website!

Ron W
(Miles2go) - F

Locale: White River National Forest
Re: Tarp on 04/03/2012 18:51:27 MDT Print View

"You can't beat the flexibility of a tarp."

Sure you can. It all depends on who you are and what's important to you. I have a tent or two that can do all the things you mentioned with ease, which I have no problem carrying. I can leave them pitched at 8,700 ft elevation in the mountains during summer storm season with some or all of my digital gear without having to even think about it. When I get back from my travels, I don't need to mess with it to change configurations. For me, that beats the "flexibility" of a tarp.

I'll add that there are plenty of members of this forum that have been enlightened users of tarp shelters, know how to use tarps and no longer rely on them for shelter. To each their own, right?

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: To each their own, right? on 04/03/2012 19:11:15 MDT Print View

Ron,

In a word, Yes.

Hike your own hike!

I started with an A frame tent, moved to a hammock, went to a tarp & bivy and now own a Lightheart Gear Solo tent.

Last October on the AT I slept in the shelters and never once set up my shelter.

Party On,

Newton

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Tents: What is green and open on both sides? on 04/03/2012 19:52:22 MDT Print View

The same old so what teaser. Why green?Musical Chairs but no real party. Why this green? Yeah I hauled this for years and I was glad to retire it once it stunk. Bulletproof , but you had to be there back in the day to choose it vs. a canvas tent to understand what it was. Green sunglasses a cheaper option. My Coleman Peak 1 Cobra is just not Emerald so be it for the better. Perhaps you are a Katydid fleeing a Praying Mantis or refilming Predator?
http://www.outdoorreview.com/cat/product-archives/outdoor-equipment/backpacking-camping-hiking/tents/eureka/alpine-meadows/prd_76752_2955crx.aspx

Edited by Meander on 04/03/2012 19:55:18 MDT.