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    On my MSR, I'm using a footprint, because I don't trust the flimsy floor material withstanding all the rough ground conditions I'm facing here.
    The footprint (I'm using a piece of Tyvec-like housewrap) serves more purposes for me, like being a tarp while taking a short break in the rain, or as floor&bed when taking a nap in the sun.

    My Exped I'm using for winter camping mostly, and there is no use for a footprint.

    Footprint needs to be a few cm smaller that the tents outline, in order to not gather rain streaming down the fly.

    Some people here at WB say, they never use a footprint and never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo L. View Post
    On my MSR, I'm using a footprint, because I don't trust the flimsy floor material withstanding all the rough ground conditions I'm facing here.
    The footprint (I'm using a piece of Tyvec-like housewrap) serves more purposes for me, like being a tarp while taking a short break in the rain, or as floor&bed when taking a nap in the sun.

    My Exped I'm using for winter camping mostly, and there is no use for a footprint.

    Footprint needs to be a few cm smaller that the tents outline, in order to not gather rain streaming down the fly.

    Some people here at WB say, they never use a footprint and never had a problem.
    Guess we have to try it both ways and find what works for us. Normally we tend to be super cautious with gear so it is better be safe. But the extra use you can get from it also sounds good as we never had this option before when the rain suddenly starts for example.

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    Assuming you're not adverse to the weight, I would highly recommend the Kelty Tempest 2. It's a free-standing, +/- 5 lb tent (w/ fly) that has never failed me.

    $69.99 at Dick's Sporting Goods (on sale, and it's always on sale).
    ...the maddest of all is to see life as it is, and not as it should be. Cervantes

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    I switched to hammock camping but I do have a Hyke and Byke Yosemite 2 person tent and love it. They are very easy to setup and currently on sale for less than $90. We used ours from winter camping to severe thunderstorms in summer months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FromNH View Post
    I switched to hammock camping but I do have a Hyke and Byke Yosemite 2 person tent and love it. They are very easy to setup and currently on sale for less than $90. We used ours from winter camping to severe thunderstorms in summer months.
    That looks like a pretty decent tent, thanks for your suggestion.

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    I'm going to toss in the idea of cost over time. The tent I still use today is the Big Agnes Fly Creek that I purchased about 10 years ago. (It did need another application of seam seal as the factory applied started to fail). Not sure how much the tent cost me, but the per use cost must be pretty low. Let's say a tent lasts eight years under normal use. The Copper Spur at $450 will cost about $57 per year or $4.75 per month. Not very expensive for the weight and durability. JC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Nature World View Post
    That's a great advice, we will ask the question there as well. Because you never can have enough recommendations and choice. Now we are closely looking at the REI Half Dome 2 Plus
    we still have a half dome and as long as you are looking at less than two weeks or so of backpacking or have two people to split the weight, it isnít bad.

    for extreme lightweight and low cost: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/tag/polycro-tent/

    for less weight, but single entry, the REI quarter dome is a solid tent.

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    For a non DIY tent at low price, look at the Lanshan 2.

    https://www.trailspace.com/gear/3f-gear/lanshan-2/ for some reviews.

    note. Neither the Do It Yourself nor the Lanshan are freestanding.


    https://worldhitchhiker.com/naturehi...ck-tent-china/

    Naturehike makes some 3 pound tents that are freestanding and, again, solid and inexpensive.

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    Check out the hillenburg tents! Super nice from Sweden.

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    Where can you buy a budget hillenburg freestanding tent ?

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    or Hilleberg for that matter.
    The OP was originally looking at a $200 tent then A REI at $230 .

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    Already then, thanks there franco good to know you're on top of things. Just so you don't repeat a third time I recognize your post ok . Move on now.

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