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Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 3

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Blacktail 3 Hotel is part of the Big Agnes company’s longest-running tent series. It is a well-made, comfortable, and roomy three-person, free-standing tent with many useful features, perfect for weekend backpacking, car camping, and canoe camping. The Blacktail Hotel 3 has a huge extended side-entry vestibule, attached to the fly, which provides a safe and weather resistant place to stash your extra gear or your wet dogs! It has been easy to acclimate myself to its setup procedures, and I have successfully used it in various weather conditions while canoe camping. My husband and I will continue to use it this fall on additional canoe camping trips, as well as an occasional campground outing.

Reasons to Buy

  • Roomy tent interior
  • Large extended vestibule
  • Easily adjustable guy lines
  • Pole repair section is included
  • It can be set up as fast fly
  • Tent has doors on each side
  • Economic price for a lot of tent

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only 8 stakes included (requires combining guy lines)
  • Interior accessory pockets on only one end
  • No pole diagram with instructions
  • High fabric wall of tent reduces view and some cross-ventilation

INTRODUCTION: The Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Hotel is the newest incarnation of the long-running Blacktail series of Big Agnes tents. This three-season tent is designed as a backpacking tent, but I have found that it is an excellent choice for canoe camping. I am testing the three-person tent, though it is also available in a two-person version. Our canoe camping season had a delayed start due to pandemic restrictions and closures, but since mid-June I have been able to utilize the tent on seven solo canoe camping trips, which included camping in heat, wind, showers, frost (28 f.) and torrential rain.

Read more: Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 3 review (1)

Six Moon Designs Serenity Ultralight NetTent

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Serenity UL NetTent from Six Moon Designs works great as part of a primary shelter system, but is light enough to carry as a secondary option. So many ways to set up in shelters, under tarps, or open to the sky makes it great for distance hiking.

Reasons to Buy

  • Packs small and light 11oz/312g
  • Durable materials
  • Good entry/exit door
  • Versatile hang and stake features

Reasons to Avoid

  • Drying time if wet

  Just add six stakes and a hiking pole Since I was going to be testing the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape I figured I would try out their Serenity UL NetTent along with it. The two are designed to work together well and they do, but I used the tent on its own much more. SMD offers them bundled together or individually. Six stakes and a support pole are needed for best standalone erection and are not included. Let's take a good look at the tent and its features, then I will get into how I used it with tarps and in shelters.

Read more: Six Moon Designs Serenity Ultralight NetTent review (1)

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

user rating: 5 of 5 (5 reviews)

The Copper Spur HV UL2 and UL2... A Tale of Two Tents.

Reasons to Buy

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Highly rated
  • Packs small
  • Durable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Expensive
  • Does not come with footprint
  • New sheer fabric clouds views
  • Several variations make choosing confusing

Big Agnes has been around for about twenty years. Should you require it, their outstanding customer service could not possibly be improved upon. Their stated goal is to produce the best gear possible to help folks get outside and chase their dreams. I think they stand true to that goal. You can learn more about them here: Copper Spur is the name of this product line. UL stands for ultralight [weight] and 2 is for the number of persons it's designed to fit; provided you don't mind touching.

Read more: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 reviews (5)

Naturehike Cloud UP 2

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Cheap, light, resilient; a quality clone of the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2.

Reasons to Buy

  • Cheap
  • Light
  • Proven design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Sloping walls
  • Not ultralight
  • Stolen design (ethics)

IMPORTANT MODEL NOTE: I have an older, out-of-production version. The new (current) is about 150 grams heavier, has more pole structure at the rear, a ventilation flap, and mid-fin side guys. Setup: Very easy, though a little thought is required for a taut pitch. The basic pitch is inner first: an aluminium pole structure (all-in-one, on a hub) overlaid on the inner, the inner clips to the poles, then a fly is put over. With a pitch or two of experience it is second nature. There is very little one can do wrong, no ambiguous poles for example, but one should remember to attach the bathtub sides to the rain fly.

Read more: Naturehike Cloud UP 2 reviews (3)

Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6

user rating: 5 of 5 (12 reviews)

My third Timberline in progression, 2 to 4 to 6 person. Only one tent in the world I like better and it costs 3x more. This is the tent I have always wanted.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy setup
  • Durable
  • Roomy
  • Tall
  • Almost weather-proof

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cost
  • Weight (almost 20 lbs)
  • Some seepage in heavy rain if walls aren't taut
  • Doors and integral screen can be a bit tricky, particularly at night
  • Hi-lo venting worked a lot better on older model doors.

  Camping with the Timberline SQ   Interior shot, solo camping Bought my first Timberline, a two-person, in 1983 at LL Bean when a Maine Nor'easter smashed our dome tent. Used it for 19 years, including 4 years of volunteer tail patrol in the Adirondacks  and an epic bikepacking trip across NW Russia (my granddaughters still borrow it on occasion). So to upgrade to a 4-person in 2002 was a no-brainer. My wife and I still use the 4 on solo trips and canoe camping. All along I've drooled over the Outfitter 6, and in 2021 my wife gave me one for Father's Day.

Read more: Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 reviews (12)

Mountainsmith Morrison 2

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7 reviews)

What a GREAT tent... My first concern when I purchased this tent was the color, Citrus green?? I saw the blue tent offered by Mountainsmith, it stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl! The Citrus green actually does blend well with a green environment. The most impressive feature to me, is the ability for one person to put this tent up in 2 minutes the first try!! The aluminum poles are sturdy and of nice quality. The tent stakes are a perfect design, small, light weight and shaped into a "V" shape with hooks at the top to catch your guy lines or tie down straps.

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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8 reviews)

Handled 50 mph wind gusts during winter trip in the Sierras. Rugged / somewhat light /inexpensive/ simple enough for most backpacking trips. And it has windows. Glad I have it and would buy it again, even as a backup/loaner.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very durable
  • 'Reasonably' light
  • Windows are great
  • Simple standalone design
  • 3.6+ season tent
  • Affordable!
  • I really like the subtle colors

Reasons to Avoid

  • Made in China may carry political baggage
  • Not the lightest option—Helix 1 as a low-priced example is lighter

I am an intermediate backpacker who was looking for a 'lighter' 1-person backpacking tent for my "collection," saw this and couldn't pass it up for the price (see pros above for list of what I was looking for). I figured I could reduce weight with titanium stakes, fewer/thinner guy out lines, no footprint or stuff sacks, remove the hanging storage pocket and maybe carbon fiber pole replacements. Of course the cost/weight tradeoff is always there, but this is not far from the best package available IMHO if the priorities are 1-price 2-durability, 3-weight.

Read more: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 reviews (8)

Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

An amazing, spacious, classic camping tent. It's not for backpackers and ultralight hikers, but for anyone else who isn't super weight-conscious but wants a great sleep and a place to stay dry in inclement weather, it's almost unbeatable.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable
  • Spacious
  • Highly weather-resistant

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavy and big
  • No gear loft

Growing up in Scouts, I always envied the other groups who showed up to camp with a whole matching set of Eureka Timberlines, their sweet, tall A-frames and distinctive green color. A few years ago, I was in the market for a tent that was big enough for myself and my two boys, and now that I'm an adult, I was able to get the tent of my dreams—the Eureka Timberline Sequoia 4 Outfitter Edition. The long and short of this review is: it's an amazing tent, not particularly light, but if you can divide up the weight (or don't particularly care about the weight) you will be hard pressed to find a better three-season tent.  Setup The tent goes up easy as pie.

Read more: Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT reviews (3)

MSR Habitude 6P

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

The MSR Habitude 6 is a family-sized tent that packs a large amount of interior space into a relatively portable package (it is a standing height six-person tent after all). Boasting extra durability (read: kid-friendly), comfortable living space, a large vestibule, and peace-of-mind weatherproofing this tent is a sure winner for me and my family. My only small gripes are the lack of two doors and the small ventilation options.

Reasons to Buy

  • Weight-to-size ratio
  • Waterproof!
  • Durable enough for kids
  • Spacious vestibule
  • Interior height
  • Easy setup
  • Large, smooth zippers
  • Tons of pockets for storage

Reasons to Avoid

  • Ventilation
  • Only one door

Sneaking a Trailspace sticker into the photos... Also made in a 4P size.   TECH SPECS Minimum Weight (Standard):13 lbs 6 oz Packaged Weight (Standard):14 lbs Floor Dimensions (Standard) in:120 x 100 in Floor Area (Standard):83 sq. ft. Vestibule Area (Standard):24.5 sq. ft. Number of Poles:3 Aluminum 7000 Series Interior Peak Height (Standard):77 in Packed Size (Standard):23 x 10 in Rainfly Fabric:68D ripstop polyester 1500mm Polyurethane & DWR Canopy Fabric:68D taffeta polyester & DWRMesh Type:40D nylon micro-mesh Floor Fabric:68D taffeta polyester 10,000mm Polyurethane & DWR   SETUP Helper (?) The setup of the MSR Habitude is pretty straightforward, especially after a couple of times of repetition.

Read more: MSR Habitude 6P review (1)

The North Face Stormbreak 2

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Comfortable, roomy tent for two for most three-season (plus?) adventures. Recommended for backpackers, car-campers.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable
  • Sturdy in wind
  • Lots of headroom
  • Easy to setup
  • Good value for $$
  • Polyester fly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier
  • Door design lets rain in off fly when opening
  • Lighter PU coatings

This was our tent of choice, my partner and I, for our Iceland trip last summer. I own a number of tents (yes, I have a problem!), yet we ultimately chose to take the Stormbreak 2 for its combination of: Livable space: the double arch/ spreader pole gives a lot of headroom Double doors: ease of entry/ exit, and we'd be living in it for two weeks nonstop, and so didn't want to crawl over one another all the time Weather Resistance: It has a full coverage rainfly, and the tent body itself has a good balance of fabric and mesh (ie.

Read more: The North Face Stormbreak 2 reviews (2)

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