2 forum posts
First, I'd just like to say that this might be my new favorite website. The gear reviews are superb, and the community appears to be well behaved and exceedingly helpful.
The reason that I'm posting right now is that I'm trying to decide which tent to purchase. I'm graduating college in the fall (a semester early), so my parents are using some of the tuition money I'm saving them to buy a new backpacking tent. I'd ideally like this tent to last years, not seasons, so I've been doing a lot of research on various tents. Indeed, I’ve examined over 30 tents in the past few months.
At this point, I've pretty much narrowed down my selection to Hillebergs, although the Big Agnes Copper Spur is still my fallback option. Among Hilleberg's selection, I've pretty much narrowed it down to the following:
So, does anyone have some input (positive or negative) on any of these tents? The Anjan & Rogen seem impressive, however since they're so new it's hard to find reviews on them. I've never really cared about vestibules so the Unna appeals to me, particularly since Hilleberg claims that without gear there is room for a 2nd person, however I'm slightly hesitant about this claim (I'm a skinny 6 ft., but I use a 6'6" Thermarest pad and 6'6" WM bag). As for the Nallo & Anjan, I've only used tunnel tents in Sweden for 2 weeks, but that wasn't backpacking, & in any case, I barely spent any time in them. Anyone else have extensive experience using one?
As for what I'm looking for, I'd like a 2-person tent that is light enough for plenty of solo use. I live in PA and would like to use this tent as my “go to" shelter for most conditions, ranging from a possible Appalachian Trail Thru Hike to light winter camping in the Adirondacks (no exposure, & minimal snowfall). I particularly care about condensation (I have a down bag) and since I expect to be doing plenty of summer camping I'd rather not have a tent too warm. I have extensive backpacking and camping experience from Alaska to Africa and from New Mexico to New York, so I know how to care for my gear, but for the money I'm spending, I'd like to have something that will last.
Thanks for the advice!