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member (19)member
11/23/2022 11:09AM  
In the past we have used hammocks, but we are switching to a tent this year. Any recommendations on a tent for two adults and a child?

Also looking for input on sleeping pads. I appreciate any input!
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11/23/2022 06:45PM  
Tent prices can vary a LOT, so it is good to think about your budget. For 2 adults and a child, I would look at 4-person tents. I don't have a specific recommendation except that I was not happy with our last 4-person tent, REI brand. The elastic holding the poles went bad after only using the tent 1-2 times a year for 3 years and REI's response was to direct me to their website for a DIY video to replace the elastic.

I have been hunting for months for a 3-person tent and finally settled on a Sea-to-Summit Telos 3P. Hope we like it. But they don't make a 4 person. We looked at the Big Agnes tents and I liked a lot of the features, but didn't think I would like having to manage 2 zippers when getting out to pee in the middle of the night with bugs trying to attack.

For sleeping pads, we have had a number of them over the years, but now I am a huge fan of Nemo Tensor pads...relatively light, holding up well to lots of trips, easy inflation/deflation, comes in multiple sizes, and comes in an insulated version that is still small and light.
11/23/2022 09:24PM  
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11/23/2022 10:20PM  
I have been a hammock camper almost exclusively since 2012. Prior to that, the "backpacking" tent I carried was a cozy 6+ pound Quest Preying Mantis, (cool design but small and heavy). When I needed to add a backpacking tents for a family trip to Isle Royale, I went with the Tarptent Stratospire 2 .

I bought because it weighed less than 2 lbs, could sleep 3 and had vestibules on each side to keep packs dry. I like it but not enough to leave my hammock.
11/24/2022 10:32AM  
I agree with getting a 4-person tent for your situation, and personally I would look at the Big Agnes lineup. I was very happy with the weight and build quality of my Copper Spur UL4 prior to switching to hanging about five years ago. As far as pads go, I was quite satisfied with Big Agnes and Exped.
member (22)member
11/24/2022 11:32AM  
Sleeping pads are largely a subjective thing. One person's comfort may not be yours. Having said that, I will never go back to a "skinny" pad. I upgraded to a 25 inch pad and hate that I did not do it sooner. The extra 4-5-6 inches has a hugely positive impact on how well I sleep.
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11/24/2022 07:09PM  
Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 or 4 is a winner. Highest recommendation. Definitely get a tent with two doors and vestibules. You won't regret it. Have fun camping!
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11/25/2022 08:19AM  
Agree with the recommendation of a 4 person tent and also 2 doors and vestibules if possible. You can easily spend 3,4 or $500 plus dollars on a name brand quality 4 person tent. If you are looking for something a little more affordable here are a couple possibilities:

Marmot Limestone 4

This tent is solid and high quality but it is heavy, coming in at around 10 lbs. If you are going to use it for car camping too and don't mind the extra weight for an occasional BWCA trip if could be a good option. Take the poles out and put them in a different pack to spread the weight out a bit. Great deal right now on this site.

Mountainsmith Evo 4

Another solid tent with a good amount of room. About half the weight of the Marmot and a good deal. I have the 2 person version of this tent and am very pleased with it.

Good Luck
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11/25/2022 05:27PM  
+1 on the BA Copper Spur. I would go with the 4 person tent for your group size. We use the insulated Klymit Static V pads.
11/25/2022 07:57PM  
For sleeping pad try it out at the store. If it sounds like a chip bag don’t buy it. It makes a huge difference when your sleeping with others.
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