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01-11-2005, 22:26
To all,
I'm having a hard time finding a tent that I can fit in with a little bit of room left over for pack, gear ,etc... So far I've tried S.D's Light Year (aka coffin), Marmot's Eclipse, TNF's Canyonlands and R.E.I's Half Dome. I'm 6'4" 210 lbs and want something that is preferably freestanding, under 5 lbs., door opening on the long side (like the half dome or canyonlands). Can anyone help? Or am I doomed to laying diagonaly forever...


01-11-2005, 22:33
I'm 6'3" 160 (DING!) and i used the cabelas bivy tent on a section hike which worked well for me and i had pletty of room leftover to put crap at the bottom of it, it's not freestanding, but at 3 lbs 10 oz it can do the job (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/horizontal-item.jhtml?id=0013075512726a&navAction=jump&navCount=2&indexId=cat20103&podId=0013075&catalogCode=IF&parentId=cat20103&parentType=index&rid=&cmCat=MainCatcat20075&hasJS=true)
now for my thur hike during the summer months ill be carrying a hennessey hammock, the explorer ultralite asym, it made for anyone up to 6'6" 250, maybe that could be an option for you.

01-11-2005, 22:41
you may wanna see what this fella used on his thur hike, i met hike on my section hike, he was prob 6'6"-6'7" but i dont remeber what he used, since the two nites we hung out we slept in shelters.

his trail name was goofy this is his live journal profile http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=hikerpat&mode=full

01-11-2005, 22:46
Try Stephenson tent. We just got one. We have had several differant tents and this is by far the biggest. It is not free standing but still worth it.


01-11-2005, 22:51
that tent looks sweet, but wicked expensive, i hate when i get pumped up about a piece of gear, and its way outta my price range, but sweet link anyway

01-11-2005, 23:03
Check out the 2005 MSR Hubba Hubba. Probably a bit tight for a two man tent, but likely okay for one man and gear. 2005 model is supposed to have zippered doors and vestibules on both sides of the tent. I have the MSR Hubba (one man). Room for me and not a lot else.

Specifications:http://www.msrcorp.com/shared_images/spacer.gifCapacity:2 people + gearhttp://www.msrcorp.com/shared_images/spacer.gifFloor + Vestibule Area:30 + 9.5 ft.² / 2.8 + .9 m2²http://www.msrcorp.com/shared_images/spacer.gifInterior Peak Height:42 in./1.1 mhttp://www.msrcorp.com/shared_images/spacer.gifMinimum Weight:4.0 lbs./1.8 kghttp://www.msrcorp.com/shared_images/spacer.gifPackaged Weight:4 lbs. 10 oz./2.1 kg


01-11-2005, 23:06
Oh, just for comparison I'm 6'1", 250lbs and I can sit up in the Hubba and change easily. The Hubba is not very wide, and the only room for gear is under the vestibule. You might could get your boots or a small daypack in there with you. With the larger Hubba Hubba you should have room to spare. Both are freestanding.

01-11-2005, 23:08
Thanks for the info. I'm not a big fan of the hammocks for some reason. I have seen some tarptents that look like they would do the job but they require hiking poles. #1 I've never used hiking poles and #2 poles seem like they could get knocked over easily when used with tarptents.


01-11-2005, 23:10
GRRICKAR when you are laying in your bag in the tent does your feet/head touch the walls of the tent? MSR HUBBA

01-11-2005, 23:18
Sorry, I should have mentioned the price.
Also the owners are nudist from what I can tell. Even the print lit they send has "tastful" nudity.

01-11-2005, 23:21
To all,
I'm having a hard time finding a tent that I can fit in with a little bit of room left over for pack, gear ,etc... ============================================
Sounds like a perfect recipe for a home made tarp.

AT 2003

01-11-2005, 23:35
Tarping , yes I'm used to that. I got tired of setting up an old 4 man tent passed down to me from my dad. So I went to Wally World and bought a tarp 10x8 (I think) and rigged it to the front of my Jeep (front tow hooks help) for fishing trips in the N.GA. Mtns.

01-12-2005, 00:04
It's not the lightest tent in the world at almost exactly 5 pounds and the door is not on the long side, but I took the Hyperlight AST with me on a section from Amicola to Fontana last year and loved it. I'm also 6'4" and around 225 and there was plenty of room. It also is freestanding.

01-12-2005, 00:49
I'm 6'5 and fit into my PCT 1 head to toe, but no leaks in the fabric. I've been happy with it. No room for gear, though. It'll be pretty tough to find one that you can sit up in, I've all but given up looking for one that I can do that in. But I agree with the previous posters that MSR and Mountain Hardware are your best bets, and you really should be able to find a good 1-person that fits and not have to spring for a double. The Hubba is a nice tent.

Think you've got it bad? A relative dwarfs me and barely squeezes into 2-man tents by himself.

01-12-2005, 10:17
I check in at 6' 4" and 270 and use an EMS Starlight II and have plenty of room. It is two person, three season has double doors on the sides, weighs 4lb 3oz. cost on sale $119.00. I am very happy with it.
During the heat of summer I do switch to a HH Explorer Deluxe Asym rated for 300 lbs lots of room in there. I think I paid $130

The Solemates
01-12-2005, 10:23
6'4" 220lbs. Wife is 5'2" 130 lbs. We use the Mtn Hardwear Waypoint II, and there is plenty of room for me and my wife and my dog and all our gear.

The Solemates
01-12-2005, 10:24
PS-Waypoint II weighs only 3lbs 15 oz. Pretty good for a 2-man.