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I'm looking for a tent. I tend to take pretty good care of my gear, it gets used, and sometimes gets put away wet, until I get home from the activities, get unpacked, and then get the clean up process moving. With that said, I do quite a few different activities, especially with the boy scouts and my son. I tend to go with 3 man tents, as it gives me and my son ample room to maneuver around, store gear, etc. I also, on occasion have my daughter with me (but that's usually camping without any hiking).
The scout troop my son is in is relatively active and does quite a few hiking/camping trips, caving, kayak/canoe camping, dog sledding in Alaska, etc. So, I was looking to upgrade my old tent recently and was looking at four tents that have caught my eye, but am undecided and would like some advice from anyone here. The tents are outlined below:
I've looked into maybe buying a 4 season tent, but realize that I am not sure that I really want to lug around a 4 season tent within the price range that I'm looking to spend (around $200-250) as I know the more expensive the tent, usually the lighter it is. Again, there are times we camp right out of our vehicles, but there's another 50% of the time that we're hiking to where we need to be. An 8lb. tent won't be as bad, if 2 of us are hiking it in, yes it's not optimal, but doable. Some of the things I look for in a tent is a vestibule for shoes, gear, etc. Decent pocket storage inside of a tent. Fly has to keep the entire tent dry. Ventilation is key to keep away condensation. Durability, as I use my gear. I usually look for "bathtub" style flooring, as I've had great luck with that style of tent, but could be persuaded to not go with a bathtub style floor.
Anyway, thanks for reading this, and any suggestions you might have.