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01/11/2021 01:33PM  
I am in the market for a 6 man tent. Are there any options that are light weight that won't break the bank? Maybe in the $200 range but also a good fit for the bwca?
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01/11/2021 01:45PM  
It may be tough to find level tent pads large enough for a 6 person tent in the BWCA. How many people would be sleeping in it? A 6 person tent would be comfortable for 3 people, 4 max. Most (not all) tents that size are very heavy. It seems like most people bring a tent for every two people (perhaps up to 4 if kids are involved). Smaller tents pack easier, set up easier, withstand wind better, and are easier to find places to set-up. REI does have some decent 6 and 8 man options under their brand.
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01/11/2021 02:19PM  
I've got an EMS Big Easy 6 that has been a good tent for us, we've brought it to the BWCA a couple times and while it doesn't fit every tent pad we've come across we've always been able to make it work in our camps. Aluminum poles, full coverage rainfly, two vestibules, and a lot of headroom.

That said, now that our kids are bigger (basically the size of adults), we haven't been using it as much and I'm actually trying to sell it. If you're interested shoot me an email using the envelope under my username.
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01/13/2021 03:18PM  
We've taken a 8x8 tent a few times. It's a Chinook Trailside 5 I believe. I ordered aluminum poles for it and it worked great. It has a LARGE vestibule also, which is great to keep packs in. I think it weighs 17lbs with the aluminum poles. I can usually fit the tent on most sights. Like above, I'm debating selling because our Kelty Circuit tent, 2 & 3 person, are lighter.
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01/14/2021 10:13AM  
kelty makes two 6 person tents, like you said really 3-4 person. they are in that price range and weigh 14 and 17 lbs, tallboy has single door and a bit taller, wireless6 has 2. I have a kelty trail ridge 6 that I love, no longer produced, but the 2 current ones are pretty similar. Only the wireless has a full coverage rainfly. I think either will fit the bill.
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01/16/2021 08:03PM  
2 3 person tents
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01/19/2021 04:14PM  
I just bought a Coleman Montana 6-person tent (12' x 7'). I have yet to crack it open in the BWCA, but I think it should work well. Currently listed at $97 at Dicks. It's a little on the heavy side (~16 pounds), but fits perfectly at the bottom of a CCS #4.

I know someone said you might not be able to find good tent pads, but honestly I wouldn't fret, especially if you will be on some lakes with multiple campsites. Last year, I was part of a 7-man group that used a 10-person tent (~16' x 9' I think?) and were able to make it work just fine on three different campsites with room to spare. Just do some scouting beforehand when doing campsite reviews and you'll be good to go.
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