Gear Choice: Tent

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Gear Choice: Tent

Postby Force 5 Robert » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:59 am

Decided to put a word here for anyone looking at finalizing a tent choice for the week ride. I feel we have now landed on what could be the most amazing tent we have ever seen.

One thing I have learned on all my CO trips to date: the choice of home away from home is VERY important to your overall enjoyment.

Over the weekend ride, we used a new (bought on sale) Coleman 6 man tent - the Naugatuck 6 - and we were all quite disappointed for many reasons. So it went on Craigslist as soon as it had dried out and the search for the ultimate week long Cycle Oregon tent resumed.

Today in the living room after making plenty of space I did a test setup of our new Marmot Limestone 6. We decided to buy this one after seeing the video at the link. If you are looking for a tent - this is the one IMHO. It could be the last tent you ever buy. This thing is HUGE due to the design of the dome with vertical walls provided via "brow poles" that sit up top. There are near 3 foot vestibules on each end. This is indeed a first class tent that packs to a reasonable size. It is a Cycle Oregon castle!

Another bonus is that it is a freestanding design that goes up fast - even in the confines of the living room it went up in less than 10 minutes. Given another 5 for fly attachment and staking this tent could be up in 10-15 minutes tops without even rushing. Hot.
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Re: Gear Choice: Tent

Postby mytrot » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Maybe for two people but I just upgraded to the REI Half Dome 4. Huge for one person, although I can't stand up, but 10 lbs lighter.
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Re: Gear Choice: Tent

Postby mytrot » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:15 pm

Ignore, inadvertent double.
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Re: Gear Choice: Tent

Postby riding2live » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:41 pm

For three years on the week ride I used a two man dome tent that was quite limiting for space. By the time a set my LuxuryLite cot in there and then squeezed in my big wonderful OGIO gear bag there was a little room on one wall of the tent to line up the things I used in camp and to lay out my gear for the next day. That left me with about 2'x2' of open space. COZY to say the least. This year I did the CO Weekend ride and set up camp at the Willamette Univ. with a Kelty Grand Mesa 4 man dome. Easy to set up with two corner to corner poles. Can't stand in it but I don't need to do that anyways. But it was palatial (80"x96" + a 34" vestibule with the rainfly on) compared to my old tent. Absolutely enjoyed the extra space. The old little one will be used to house the grandkids when they come to visit in the fall.
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Re: Gear Choice: Tent

Postby mytrot » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:15 am

Good info R2L. That one is about the same size as my Half Dome!
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