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blackdawg9
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06/29/2022 11:27AM  
I have accumulated some REI gift cards and the rain cap for my old North Face Rock 22 is starting to get thin and needed to be patched with tenacious tape. I have had it about 18 years. If I keep it for summer and fair weather use, I could just hang a tarp for air flow.

I'm leaning toward a 2-person, but my wife wouldn't mind a 3.
 
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Lawnchair107
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06/29/2022 01:34PM  
CCS Leans
 
MikeinMpls
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06/29/2022 02:30PM  
We just purchased a Big Agnes Salt Creek 3. It's a unique little tent. Smaller than our previous three man tent (an REI Quarter Dome T-3) but feels equally roomy. It is higher at one end than the other and has three doors. One center door at the high-end opens up wide and an awning can be put up. lots of interior pockets and a built in gear loft.

I don't think REI sells it though.

We were unsure about how much we would like it but our minds have been changed now!

Mike
 
06/29/2022 02:55PM  
BA Copper Spur 3
 
pswith5
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06/29/2022 03:06PM  
Big Agnes Fly Creek 3. Probably very similar
to copper spur. I like mine. 3 person is really for 2 people like most tents. Solid tent though.
 
06/29/2022 03:10PM  
Not usually considered one of the cool kids, but I'll join in this reindeer game!

I have the MSR hubba hubba 2-person - love it!

Also use the Eureka Mountain Pass 3-person tent. It has been bomb-proof for us.

Just a note, I use the MSR as a solo tent, have had two people in it but it's tight. The Mountain Pass functions as a 2-person tent for us.
 
06/29/2022 04:07PM  
pswith5: "Big Agnes Fly Creek 3. Probably very similar
to copper spur. I like mine. 3 person is really for 2 people like most tents. Solid tent though."


I like this one very light weight, easy set up…the BA copper spur 3 would feel roomier minimally heavier.

Both great.

T
 
martian
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06/29/2022 04:23PM  
Slingfin Portal by far the best tent in my shelter bin. Whatever you choose think sil sil/silicone fabric and not polyurethane if you plan to use for a very long period of time. I own two polyurethane tents and an OR bivy all in slow smelly decline. Just a thought. Enjoy the shopping,lots to choose from.
 
06/29/2022 04:33PM  
Tarptent Double Rainbow & Tarptent Hogback (2P & 4P, respectively). Oh, and my 1979 Stephenson's Warmlite 2RS still gets use.
 
06/29/2022 07:48PM  
I bought a Nemo Losi a few years back based on some strong recommendations I saw on this site. I’ve had great success with my tent, including 38 days in it last summer with two of the heaviest rain events I can remember. The Losi is no longer made, but their newer versions have been trimmed down in size and poles and are now very light weight. Given my experience with Nemo, I would definitely look to one of their newer versions as a first choice. I can’t compare it to Big Agnes or Tarptent, two other brands I read a lot of great things about, but I’d probably stick with a brand I have experience with.

Oh, and I’m not sure I qualify as a cool kid. I’m definitely not Butthead-cool.
 
06/30/2022 06:26AM  
Tents sold at REI. Tarptent and CCS are not. I would look at Big Agnus. For 2 people I would look at a 3 person unless weight is a factor
 
billconner
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06/30/2022 06:33AM  
Very fond of my BA Copper Spur 3.
 
GeneH
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06/30/2022 07:35AM  
The really cool kids are running Zpacks Duplex's. I'm not so cool - I use a Etowah 10x10 silnylon tarp or Big Agnus Copper Spur HVL1. (Used gift cards and points at REI, so my layout was only about 125.)

The tarp is roomy and I can get great views. The Copper Spur has a very compact, free standing, foot print which is really convenient.

And I've never been in rough weather with either, just snow, a little sleet, and some rain.
 
missmolly
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06/30/2022 10:15AM  
This, written by YetiJedi, is so clever: "Not usually considered one of the cool kids, but I'll join in this reindeer game!"

Bravo, sir, bravo!
 
06/30/2022 10:19AM  
missmolly: "This, written by YetiJedi, is so clever: "Not usually considered one of the cool kids, but I'll join in this reindeer game!"


Bravo, sir, bravo!"


Thank you, Miss Molly...my blushing from your compliment could be construed as a glow as if from a red nose!

To the OP, my other tripping tent is a Eureka Timberline 4 person - head to the BWCA on Monday with the family and it's coming along. It has been through just about everything and held up fairly well. The sentiment with this tent might be stronger than the waterproofing, though.

Two of my teenage daughters think it is barely big enough for them! They are sort of kidding, I think. Either way, all three tents are going and will fit the 7 of us one way or the other.
 
06/30/2022 11:58AM  
I bought a Big Agnes Copper Spur HV 3 a few years ago. It is by far the best tent I’ve used. It’s also better than any tent I’ve seen trip mates using. It’s lightweight, roomy, and has good gear lofts. I really like the mesh ceiling.

The two doors on the side, each with a vestibule are great — no more crawling over each other to get in and out of the tent. (Even with the doors at the head or foot, there was always a need to at least partially disturb my tent mate to reach the zipper.)

I also really like the hub-based pole system with color-coded tips. It’s easy for one person to put up and ridiculously easy for two people to set up.
 
06/30/2022 01:09PM  
billconner: "Very fond of my BA Copper Spur 3."

Not claiming to be a 'kool kid' (especially since the first digit of my age is 7), but our Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 has been a wonderful piece of gear. Lots of room, not too much weight.

TZ
 
06/30/2022 04:30PM  
For 2 people I would get a minimum 3 person tent or even consider a small 4 person tent.
2 person tents work well for honeymooners!
 
portagedog09
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06/30/2022 06:23PM  
Another vote for the Big Agnes Copper Spur! I have the Copper Spur HV UL2 for myself soloing or a cozy 2 person with no gear inside. For two people I would have gotten the HV UL3 model as others have noted, but I already have the REI Quarter Dome 3. That is also a very good tent but I do not see it currently on their website so they may be between models of the Quarter Dome. Both are roomy, sturdy, weather proof and light.

pd
 
technically_rugged
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06/30/2022 11:23PM  
Throw in another vote for the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3. It's pretty dang light at just over 4lbs (as it's mostly mesh) and is roomy for 2 people. You can fit day packs in there with you. It has a little bit of internal organization for important little items like head lamp, charging cables, deck of cards, etc. I've found it to be an excellent tent even though I prefer sleeping in my hammock.
 
LaVirginienne
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07/01/2022 01:17AM  
Summer: Big Agnes UL Copper Spur 2 (I’m solo, and when I paddle in groups everyone has her own tent.)

Shoulder season: Big Agnes Copper Spur 2.
 
07/01/2022 05:57AM  
Been running a LightHeart Duo for the last 4-5 years on the Kruger Challenge with BeaV and company. Around 39 Sq ft. under 3 lbs. Other than Cuban Fiber or whatever it's called nowdays-- - it's my go to for extreme lightweight. ( this and following tent below for 2 large males) --- But my go to tent for extend fishing trips is EXped Mira 3. Bombproof and lightweight. ** Note ** not a kid , and not kool. Just a ton of experience.

Check out some "other" stuff outside REI. Exped can be found at REI, but usually just on website. Lots of other good/great tents out there. Take the time and do your homework before you invest in something you need to trust.
 
JohnGalt
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07/01/2022 02:36PM  
Lawnchair107: "CCS Leans"

I'll never go back to a traditional tent. Absolutely love my Lean+ for a plethora of reasons.

I'd sell the REI giftcards online & get a Lean+.
Hubba 2, or whatever it is called, is the tent i was previiusly considering.
 
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