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    Ok, while I am looking for a lighter weight tent (current weights about 5 lbs), I am not looking for a small tent. I want a free standing tent that is very roomy for 1 person with good head room. I have been in "two person" tents that were two small. I have an REI half dome now.
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    MSR Hubba Hubba seems fairly popular. http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/tents/...-hubba/product

    I'm a hammock person myself. But since you asked about tents, this is a large size tent that I've seen a lot of on the trail. Folks I talked to really liked it.

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    Try looking at the Double Rainbow tarptent at tarptent.com. It's free-standing if you use two trekking poles on the ends, and weighs 2.5 pounds.
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    i've got an msr hubba hubba. i love it! it's awesomely big for myself and my dog, so i'm sure for a solo, the hubba would work for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonedflea View Post
    i've got an msr hubba hubba. i love it! it's awesomely big for myself and my dog, so i'm sure for a solo, the hubba would work for you.
    Unfortunately, my REI Half Dome weight is 4lb 9oz (fully packed weight on scale) the Hubba Hubba is listed at 4lbs. 8oz. I kind of wanted a lb. Maybe I can't get without compromises.
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    If ya wanna save weight, ya gotta go non free standing ... lightheart duo/solong6 or the msr carbon reflex 2 ... under 2 pounds for the lightheart stuff and 2 lbs 13 ounces i believe for the CR2 ... Tarptents are another idea ... or terra nova's hyperlite ... might be too small ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlyriser26 View Post
    Unfortunately, my REI Half Dome weight is 4lb 9oz (fully packed weight on scale) the Hubba Hubba is listed at 4lbs. 8oz. I kind of wanted a lb. Maybe I can't get without compromises.
    i wasn't very clear w/my post. msr has a solo, hubba model as well as the two-person, hubba hubba model. i was trying tosay that the HH is plenty big enough for my dog and our gear, so the solo msr hubba might be big enough dor you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkage View Post
    If ya wanna save weight, ya gotta go non free standing ... lightheart duo/solong6 or the msr carbon reflex 2 ... under 2 pounds for the lightheart stuff and 2 lbs 13 ounces i believe for the CR2 ... Tarptents are another idea ... or terra nova's hyperlite ... might be too small ..
    I looked at the MSR carbon reflex 2. Saves the lb. I am looking for, maybe I have to reconsider free standing... But I love freestanding.... LOL
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlyriser26 View Post
    I looked at the MSR carbon reflex 2. Saves the lb. I am looking for, maybe I have to reconsider free standing... But I love freestanding.... LOL
    Yeah, i did too .... Being able to dump the tent upside down to clean it and move it around easily was nice ... but i found even in rocky PA i don't have a problem staking it down ... the concerns of non-freestanding are over-rated.

    But as always, personal choice is above all ... what about the BA seedhouse SL?
    I'm not a fan of the doggy door style tents, but its 2 lbs 14 oz trail weight for a free-standing.
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    FYI my MSR Hubba Hubba with minimum stakes, cut to length lighter cord tie downs, weighs in at 3lbs 14oz. , 4lbs with the foot print.

    We also own a "Hubba" single man tent, same height as the Hubba Hubba, but much narrower and only one vestibule. this one with minimum stakes/tie downs weighs in at 2 lbs on the money.
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    Oh and obviously these weights reflect leaving all the bags at home; i.e. tent bag, stake bag, pole bag, etc.
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    The poles and stakes alone for most larger freestanding tents will weigh 2 lbs.
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    Big Sky has a couple tents that will save you the pound and more.

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    If you have the dough, look at Black Diamond tents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoop View Post
    If you have the dough, look at Black Diamond tents.
    Money is generally not a consideration
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    Have you checked out "Nemo's?" (Nemo Equipment) I have the Moto 1P and the Morpho 2P. Maybe the Morpho 1P will suit your fancy? If not, they offer many other choices. Just a thought, good luck to ya...
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    Lightbulb Hubba Hubba

    Another vote for the Hubba Hubba here. One great option about this tent (and I guess many other two person free standing, I just happen to have experience with this one) is that outside of black fly season you can use it as a fast fly set up. That not only decreases the total weight you're carrying but also increases the internal space you have to work with.

    We went this route on our sobo hike and didn't have any regrets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlyriser26 View Post
    Ok, while I am looking for a lighter weight tent (current weights about 5 lbs), I am not looking for a small tent. I want a free standing tent that is very roomy for 1 person with good head room. I have been in "two person" tents that were two small. I have an REI half dome now.
    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    Try looking at the Double Rainbow tarptent at tarptent.com. It's free-standing if you use two trekking poles on the ends, and weighs 2.5 pounds.
    Yes, I think to get the room you want and lower the weight, you're going to have to look at a design that utilizes trekking poles.

    Quote Originally Posted by darkage View Post
    If ya wanna save weight, ya gotta go non free standing ... lightheart duo/solong6 or the msr carbon reflex 2 ... under 2 pounds for the lightheart stuff and 2 lbs 13 ounces i believe for the CR2 ... Tarptents are another idea ... or terra nova's hyperlite ... might be too small ..
    Lightheart tents are very roomy for the weight, and the Wedge is semi-freestanding.

    [QUOTE=stonedflea;1142264]i wasn't very clear w/my post. msr has a solo, hubba model as well as the two-person, hubba hubba model. i was trying tosay that the HH is plenty big enough for my dog and our gear, so the solo msr hubba might be big enough dor you.

    IMO, the Hubba qualifies as a small tent, no? Good headroom for small tent, but very narrow when zipped up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomp09 View Post
    Another vote for the Hubba Hubba here. One great option about this tent (and I guess many other two person free standing, I just happen to have experience with this one) is that outside of black fly season you can use it as a fast fly set up. That not only decreases the total weight you're carrying but also increases the internal space you have to work with...
    HH is a great tent, but IMO it does not significantly do anything more than his current tent does. If I'm not mistaken, the half dome also can be setup in fast fly mode. You can also use a tarp (with bug net if needed).

    So folks, can we get off the Hubba Hubba thing already?
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    HH is a great tent, but IMO it does not significantly do anything more than his current tent does. If I'm not mistaken, the half dome also can be setup in fast fly mode. You can also use a tarp (with bug net if needed).

    So folks, can we get off the Hubba Hubba thing already?
    The HH drops a 1lbs off his half dome - the point of his search. which is why it keeps coming up. his initial weights are from websites and are full packaged weights (even though he lists the HD weight based on his packing). He likes his halfdome becasue it has the room he wants and is freestanding, but he would like to shave a lbs off....which makes the HH fit the bill.

    I have no issue with other tents and own plenty - but with that criteria....
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    Official weights from the manufacturers

    Half Dome 2
    Fly +Footprint = 3lbs 13oz
    average min = 5lbs
    average packaged = 5lbs 8 oz
    Fly / footprint pitch weight3 lbs. 13 oz. Average minimum weight5 poundsAverage packaged weight5 lbs. 8 oz.

    MSR Hubba Hubba
    Fly +Footprint = 3lbs
    average min = 4lbs
    average packaged = 4lbs 8 oz
    Fly / footprint pitch weight3 lbs. 13 oz. Average minimum weight5 poundsAverage packaged weight5 lbs. 8 oz.
    Fly / footprint pitch weight3 lbs. 13 oz. Average minimum weight5 poundsAverage packaged weight5 lbs. 8 oz.

    essentially the same tent room/function wise.
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