Shopping for a family tent...

6:01 p.m. on November 24, 2009 (EST)
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...and I wanted your recommendations.

I want:

* full length fly

* to be able to stand up inside, at least in the center (I'm about 5'11")

* quality materials (not a big fan of Coleman or other brands sold at Target or Walmart)

* approx 6 people (we have a family of 4, but like the extra room).

* 3 season -- this is more a family tent than a true expedition basecamp tent (i.e. no need for a full Hilleberg)

* I'm looking at about $500 or less

Right now, I am looking at Marmot Halo 6 (haven't slept in it, but youtube review looks pretty nice). On a little cheaper level, you can still find the Sierra Designs Bedouin 6 around (have slept in it --I liked it).

What else should I be considering? I like how modular the MSR Board Room is, but that looks to get out of my price range once you start considering all the add-ons (the Board Room itself is just a fancy tarp-tent).

Thanks for any suggestions.

6:37 p.m. on November 24, 2009 (EST)
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Check out the Eureka Equinox.The pole design make the walls almost vertical for huge space.It's really stable in the wind and has a full coverage fly.I'm 6'4" and can stand up in most of the interior space.I stole this one for 160.00 on Ebay,retail is usually around 350.00.

6:45 p.m. on November 24, 2009 (EST)
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Re: Shopping for a family tent.

The Halo look like a good tent, I had a good look on few of the older Marmot tents and I liked what I seen.
I do think that maybe you will get a better deal as a family tent out of the Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6
More room for the same price and I'm sure the quality is there.
I also love the look of this one but maybe it's going to be too small for you
And this one will be my winner but I think it's too pricey

10:34 p.m. on November 24, 2009 (EST)
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I have an REI Basecamp 6 (link: that I use for family camping. It is ample space-wise for my family of four plus our large dog, and there's still plenty of room to spare for my daughters to clutter.

Set-up is extremely easy and build quality is high. I haven't had it out in extreme wind, but it stands up just fine to heavy rain and moderate wind. Ventilation is excellent.

As for height, I can stand up in it with abundant room to spare, but I'm only around 5'4", so that's no basis for judgment. The specs call the peak height 6'2", so I guess it's okay; but all I can say empirically is that it's WAY over my head.

I'm not exactly sure any more when I got mine, but I think it's at least four years old; and it's gotten quite a bit of use between family trips with my gang and being lent frequently to local and overseas climbing friends for overnight trips to the crags. So far it's still holding up very well, with no significant wear issues or materials failures.

Maybe worth a look.

4:52 p.m. on November 25, 2009 (EST)
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Thanks for all the responses -- just what I was looking for! I was out bid on a Halo 6 on ebay this morning, so still looking. Any more suggestions are, of course, still welcome.

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