A $2K Tent, Self-Motivated Headlamp, More Gear News

9:18 a.m. on August 4, 2013 (EDT)
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A $2,000 Cuben tent from Easton, a headlamp with "optic motility" from Snow Peak, plus final gear highlights from brands exhibiting at summer Outdoor Retailer.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2013/08/04/or-day-3-highlights.html

10:17 a.m. on August 4, 2013 (EDT)
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Gee, my hammock and tarp weighs in at 3lbs. 1oz. and cost me $125. So I can shave 17oz for $1,875. What a deal!

11:19 a.m. on August 4, 2013 (EDT)
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This reminds me of when the SD Mojo UFO was introduced last year. 

It approaches the same price point. 

My question is who other than a collector or someone with very big pockets and a total lack of regard for money would purchase this tent?

I personally do not have a problem spending money on a product but that expenditure has to be justified. 

So this model is aimed at the expedition and mountaineering community?

So with that being the case why in the world would they utilize carbon fiber for the frame work?

Aluminium is much more reliable in the backcountry.

Carbon fiber snaps and sometimes ends up having really sharp jagged edges at the breaking point which can not only be a bit harder to fix in the field but also tear the pole sleeves on the shelter. 

Best case scenario is that it snaps at a ferrule which would in most circumstances be a clean break.

Aluminum typically bends and is easily remedied with a repair splint in a pinch.

Then there is the price...

Easton Si2- $2000

Sierra Designs Mojo UFO- $1799

I could get a very high quality shelter and save a ton of coin/purchase other gear for that type of money.

As I have said before this whole UL thing is getting somewhat ridiculous. These prices only support my beliefs even more...

8:20 a.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:


As I have said before this whole UL thing is getting somewhat ridiculous. These prices only support my beliefs even more...

 Except this wouldn't even fit into the ultralight category. Most UL-ists are using a tarp and ground cloth. I've read a cuben fiber tarp weighs in for as little as 4oz.


And I agree with you, light for the mere sake of light is a stupid choice. I was comparing 2 headlamps I own. One weighs 2.75 ounces with an output of 70lumens and a burn time of 146 hours on AAA batteries. The other weighs a mere .9oz, but with only 26lumens and a battery life of 70hours on a hard-to-find watch battery. Yet the UL model sells for double the price (Mine was a gift.). The trade-off in weight is not worth it.

2:33 p.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Skip the extra-value-meal and lose the 17 ounces that way.  It's free.

11:34 p.m. on August 5, 2013 (EDT)
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Point well taken regarding a few pounds of fat versus a few ounces of gear for a lot of money.

1:41 p.m. on August 6, 2013 (EDT)
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No no no...you've got it all wrong...you buy the $2000 "UL" tent so that you can eat the extra-value-meal...and follow it up with a Frosty! (Frosties FTW!)

7:57 a.m. on August 7, 2013 (EDT)
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pillowthread said:

No no no...you've got it all wrong...you buy the $2000 "UL" tent so that you can eat the extra-value-meal...and follow it up with a Frosty! (Frosties FTW!)

 I can't afford both!

3:26 p.m. on August 12, 2013 (EDT)
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What a show!  I was thinking the same thing about the SUP companies.  Lots and lots of cool boards, but there seemed to be a new company around every corner!

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