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BearPaw Wilderness Designs Cub Den 2 Silnylon

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roberto nahue
( carspidey )

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san fernando valley
BearPaw Wilderness Designs Cub Den 2 Silnylon on 03/10/2011 23:56:58 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

First of all, just to give you a little background of me, I am new to backpacking and have been out just a few times...

As soon as I found this website, i embraced the idea idea of backpacking light and started looking for a shelter that would fit my needs... i was specially looking for something for my wife and myself and probably my dog (50lb Lab mix only at 6 months - so you can imagine how big he is)... so i went with the Cub Den 2 from John Stultz from Bear Paw Wilderness Designs...

Even though i wasn't able to find any reviews on it i really liked the design and wanted to give it a try (other than its design, i really liked the price)...

You all know the saying you get what you paid for... in this case, i got way more than what i expected from what i paid for...

John is a great person to deal with... very patient and open to custom work... he responded to all my emails and answered my questions and gave suggestions where i needed them... I was able to get the Cub Den in less time than what he told me, which was awesome...

John added a beak to my Cub Den and he made it in gray silnylon (my first silnylon tent ever)... the beak was added to make sure that rain would not go into my tent if wind changed directions... it also added an extra degree of privacy since my wife would be coming with me on some of my trips, and you know how wives get right? :D

I weighted the cub den at 17 1/2 oz, this includes the line locks, about 20ft of line, the beak that he added and the stuff sack and of course it came seam sealed from his shop. Pretty light for a two person floorless tent i'd say.

Cub Den 2 with beak and setup with the extra tie outs

Side view

I have only setup my Cub Den three times so far, and setup time is pretty quick eventhough there was a lot of wind the first time and it was dark.

You probably can't tell from the pics on John's site, but the Cub Den can be setup two ways to maximize space inside - with the rear-larger pole outside for more space (and setup with the tip up) and inside (tip down) for what i think to give more stability if you are expecting a little bad weather. (i'll update this review with pics of this setup)

The first two times i setup the Cun Den with the rear pole outside. Again, it gives extra space but i was not able to get it really taut as I would have wanted. This is my first time with a silnylon tent so i figure i just need more practice with it.
I also had a bit of trouble with the front pole setup when setup with the tip up. There is webbing with a grommet designed for the tip of the pole to fit, but i wasn't able to set it up correctly... again, my lack of experience might explain this better... i'll take some pics and update this review to show what i mean... the last time i set it up, i think i got a better idea of how to get it right, but did not take pictures...

Since I am just venturing into the world of tarps and floor less tents, i wanted to make my life a bit simpler, so on my third trip using this tent, i decided to set it up for the worst case scenario... with the rear pole inside for more stability (tip down) and the front pole with the tip down as well... also, i used the extra tiouts to make it more stable since that night we were expecting high winds and rain and possibly snow which we did not get...

I tend to wake up at night and when i did i could feel the trees roar... i could feel the wind flowing over my tent thinking that i was going to have to get out and fix it if it fell apart... i was very impressed! The tent handled the wind with no problem and it handled some rain as well...
Even though it did not snow as i had anticipated, it still did for a few moments during the day, and the tent handled that pretty good too, even though John stated in his website that this is a 3-season tent...

you can see a bit of snow... it melted by the time i decided to take this picture...


As you can see, the inside of the tent with the two poles inside is pretty roomy... it fits two thermarests with no problems... i believe that it could fit my dog in there as well...

Cub den 2 with beak open (Zippered entry)

again, showing the zippered entry on the Cub den

showing the space inside the cub den

Overall, i really like this tent... i asked John to make me a custom innertent for the Cub Den... i just got it last week so i'll problably update this review with pics of the whole setup next week...

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