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bombinbrian
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02/13/2020 03:08PM
I have a group of 5 adults going up for a trip, husband, wife, two of her kids and my son. Everyone is over 18 years old. Two of them, wife and daughter, have never been to the BW. I have a couple of options for tents.

1. I have a 10x10 tent with a pretty good vestibule. It ways about 17 lbs, since I had aluminum poles made for it.

2. I also have a Kelty Circuit 3 that weighs about 5.6 lbs. I could get a 4 person tent so we'd have enough room for all of us. Let's face it, whomever comes up with the persons in a tent has to use skinny models to gauge.

Just curious what others would do.
 
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02/13/2020 03:44PM
I'd go with two smaller tents as it can be challenging to find a tent pad big enough to accommodate one of those XL tents at many sites...
 
bombinbrian
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02/13/2020 03:50PM
I also have an improved combat shelter, (Army 1 man tent), and a two person tent now. (Yes I might have a gear collecting problem)
 
pswith5
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02/13/2020 04:06PM
2 tents are better than one. Spread out the weight. I would look at a 4-man and a 3- man. I know that sounds like enough for seven. But, tents are really all designed for close friends or families. Really close! 4 is really on!t big enough for 3. Etc..
 
Northwoodsman
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02/13/2020 05:06PM
pswith5: "2 tents are better than one. Spread out the weight. I would look at a 4-man and a 3- man. I know that sounds like enough for seven. But, tents are really all designed for close friends or families. Really close! 4 is really on!t big enough for 3. Etc.." +1
 
straighthairedcurly
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02/13/2020 05:11PM
I'm in agreement with the 2 tent idea. I spent a lot of years sleeping with 6 people in a 6-person tent. I never want to experience that again. You always feel like you are squished between people. Now my limit of people in a tent is 3 with a strong preference for 2.
 
straighthairedcurly
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02/13/2020 05:11PM
Double post...thanks slow wi-fi.
 
02/14/2020 01:02AM
When I have done family trips with Twins87 we have had 6 people and use two 4 person tents.

That way the families have privacy and can get changed in the tent without the opposite gender/non-family member in the same tent.

The two tent system is significantly lighter than a 8 person tent, is easier to fit in a portage pack, and it is always easier to find good tent pads for a smaller tent.
 
x2jmorris
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02/14/2020 07:16AM
Definitely go with 2 tents. As Sns said, it can be very challenging fitting a large tent into some maybe most spots.

Also though its snug I often times do 4 people in a 4 person. Just can't have any gear in there. Sleeping only.
 
bwcadan
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02/14/2020 09:14AM
Take 3 of the four man tents. Where you can fit them in, you will love the extra space and flexibility of use the extra tent will provide. I take 2 of the four man tents for just the two of us. Bill and I would never revert back to just one. More is better when considering tents.
 
mutz
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02/14/2020 03:15PM
We have never gone with less than
Two guys one four man tent
Four guys two four man tents
Six guys three four man tents.
This leaves room in the tent for personal gear, and to be able to stand up to get dressed when it’s raining. Anything else is just a bit too friendly.
 
bombinbrian
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02/14/2020 03:42PM
I usually take my one person tent to throw packs in
 
brenjoro
 
02/16/2020 10:48PM
What Mutz said, we use the same formula for women. We bring a tad more stuff. 4-person tent is only good for 4 children who like each other. You need space for sleeping pads, some personal gear and in case of rain to play games, read etc. One tent for games, one quiet tent, and one for grandma (me).
 
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