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truecyclery
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01/23/2023 07:07PM  
My wife and I have an awesome bikepacking/backpacking tent for the two of us, a two man Nemo Hornet that we love for its simplicity and that it is shockingly lightweight. We also have a massive 6 man family camping tent, a Salewa Midway that takes up a city block to set up. We're looking for a tent that is somewhere between these two for canoe camping and backpacking (and hopefully someday bike trailering) for us and our dog.

I'm 6'2" but narrow, and my wife is 5' even, our dog is a 50 pounder. We're leaning towards a 3 man tent but could be convinced to go 4 if it weren't too heavy, but aren't sure about the durability of ultralight jobs on account of the dog's paws/nails.

Any thoughts or experience on what has worked for you?

Thanks in advance!

Karl
 
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bombinbrian
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01/23/2023 07:33PM  
We use Kelty tents, one size bigger than people. They have held up well for us and their affordable. A 3 person weighs 6lbs and two of us aren’t cramped
 
01/23/2023 07:39PM  
My vote would be for either the old-school Eureka Timberline (4-person) or the Eureka Mountain Pass (3-person).

The Timberline would give you more room, including headspace, but is heavy at 11 or 12 pounds if I remember correctly. The floor is solid and should be fine for your dog but you could always put a piece of Tyvek down for paw and leak protection. I have the additional vestibule which makes it really nice for an all-around tent. The back window feature is one of my favorite things about this tent.

The Mountain Pass is more stormproof, weighs about 8 pounds, but doesn't have the headspace and is obviously a little smaller. The floor is also solid enough for dog paws, to a point, and should meet your needs but same applies if you want to add Tyvek. There is an included vestibule as well.

Both tents have served me very well for tripping with other people and would seem to meet your needs. A few pics incuded below. Happy to try and answer any specific questions you may have.




 
01/23/2023 07:42PM  
A CCS Lean 2 would be more than adequate. I have a Lean 1, and my wife and our dog Wally (75 pound Shepherd mix) fit in it just fine. The pic is a side view of my Lean 1.


CCS Lean
 
Banksiana
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01/23/2023 07:46PM  
Big Agnes Copper Spur
4 man about 5.5#- spacious, dry, tall (50").
3 man under 4#, fairly spacious, less tall (43")
 
01/23/2023 07:57PM  
Banksiana: "Big Agnes Copper Spur
4 man about 5.5#- spacious, dry, tall (50").
3 man under 4#, fairly spacious, less tall (43")"


Agreed...also an awesome tent and one of my solo options the other being the MSR Hubba.
 
01/24/2023 09:08AM  
The Mountainsmith three person tent has been a great economical abode for trips with and without my dog. Plenty of room for two people and a hound.
 
Ahahn366
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01/24/2023 09:21AM  
YetiJedi: "My vote would be for either the old-school Eureka Timberline (4-person) or the Eureka Mountain Pass (3-person).


The Timberline would give you more room, including headspace, but is heavy at 11 or 12 pounds if I remember correctly. The floor is solid and should be fine for your dog but you could always put a piece of Tyvek down for paw and leak protection. I have the additional vestibule which makes it really nice for an all-around tent. The back window feature is one of my favorite things about this tent.


The Mountain Pass is more stormproof, weighs about 8 pounds, but doesn't have the headspace and is obviously a little smaller. The floor is also solid enough for dog paws, to a point, and should meet your needs but same applies if you want to add Tyvek. There is an included vestibule as well.


Both tents have served me very well for tripping with other people and would seem to meet your needs. A few pics incuded below. Happy to try and answer any specific questions you may have.





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+1 if you're going to bring the dog, forget the UL stuff.
 
01/24/2023 09:23AM  
If your durability concerns include the mesh netting, I doubt any tent will stand up to a dogs claws. Assuming you are really concerned about the floor, I would recommend an innie: a tent footprint that you put inside the tent for an extra layer of protection.

That said, I have a 53 pound dog and an ultralight tent; don't use a tent footprint and have never had an issue. Not all dogs behave the same way in tents, of course.

That tent, by the way, is a Tarptent Hogback, which has a ton of space. The other recommendation of the four-man Copper Spur is also an excellent one.
 
Banksiana
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01/24/2023 10:54AM  
Ahahn366: "
+1 if you're going to bring the dog, forget the UL stuff. "


Have brought my 60# dogs on numerous camping and canoeing trips using UL Big Agnes tents without a problem.
 
01/24/2023 12:36PM  
sns: "If your durability concerns include the mesh netting, I doubt any tent will stand up to a dogs claws. Assuming you are really concerned about the floor, I would recommend an innie: a tent footprint that you put inside the tent for an extra layer of protection.


That said, I have a 53 pound dog and an ultralight tent; don't use a tent footprint and have never had an issue. Not all dogs behave the same way in tents, of course.


That tent, by the way, is a Tarptent Hogback, which has a ton of space. The other recommendation of the four-man Copper Spur is also an excellent one."


Also an owner of a Tarptent Hogback and 60lb dog. Have not had an issues with durability and the ultralight fabrics Tarptent uses. They also have a couple good three person tents you could look at if desired, but the Hogback is lighter than many traditional 2 and 3 person tents.

 
01/24/2023 03:20PM  
I have a Big Agnes tent that is similar to the copper spur and I would recommend it. Put the dog in the vestible, if they are ok with being on the other side of the screen. If you are concerned about paws and claws inside the tent, then I would recommend a tent floor liner like others have mentioned.
 
truecyclery
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01/24/2023 05:17PM  
I've never looked into Tarptent, interesting! I'll check them out for sure. Big Agnes always gets great reviews, a friend has one and I didn't love it, but I suspect I am giving into certain brands "speaking to me," and others not, for reasons I can't put my finger on. I'm also brand curious on Sea to Summit and CCS (never heard of them either!) and looking forward to researching them too. Neat to see so many options other than the same old REI, North Face, Marmot, etc.

I think I can rule out the 6+ pounders just because we'll probably backpack and bike tour with this monster too.

Thanks for all the feedback!

- Karl


sns: "If your durability concerns include the mesh netting, I doubt any tent will stand up to a dogs claws. Assuming you are really concerned about the floor, I would recommend an innie: a tent footprint that you put inside the tent for an extra layer of protection.


That said, I have a 53 pound dog and an ultralight tent; don't use a tent footprint and have never had an issue. Not all dogs behave the same way in tents, of course.


That tent, by the way, is a Tarptent Hogback, which has a ton of space. The other recommendation of the four-man Copper Spur is also an excellent one."
 
AlexanderSupertramp
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01/26/2023 02:06PM  
The REI half dome SL 2+ was effectively designed for just this purpose and is relatively new on the market over the older half-dome. Build quality is pretty great at the price point. I use it alone with my 80lb German Shepherd who likes to sprawl out, and I would still have space for another medium/large person and that's with my clothes bag inside and few other items like book and toiletries. I'm 6' and about 160lbs for reference.

I'm actually considering a smaller tent this year to save on weight, but it's not a heavy tent by any means, at 4lbs 11oz. which includes the rain fly and footprint.
 
Finnboy
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01/26/2023 05:43PM  
Frenchy19: "A CCS Lean 2 would be more than adequate. I have a Lean 1, and my wife and our dog Wally (75 pound Shepherd mix) fit in it just fine. The pic is a side view of my Lean 1.


CCS Lean "


Lean 2 would be great. Floorless and lots of room. Love mine.
 
01/27/2023 08:06AM  
We use a Big Agnes 3 person tent with 2 adults and a Lab with no issues. She is very calm so no concerns on our end tearing up the tent. we just bring a cut down piece of closed cell foam to put between our sleeping pads by our feet and she loves it. It does eat up a fair bit of space in the tent when we have the dog with us but it is not uncomfortable.
 
StLouisPaddler
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01/28/2023 10:22AM  
+1 BA Copper Spur. The 4 person is about as light as you can get for the size. I’ve had no durability problems. But I might be nervous if I was planning to let my lab sleep in it with me given the cost.
 
01/28/2023 12:04PM  
Eureka, REI, Big Agnes or other for people.

Dog tent for dog.

Arcadia Trail™ Outdoor Ultimate Dog Shade Tent
 
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