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06/12/2024 09:23PM  
My husband and I are looking to get a new tent. Needs to fit only 2 people, but he is a large man and we have fat (wide) sleeping mats. It doesn't need to be light enough for backpacking, but we don't want crazy heavy either. Gear vestibules a big plus.

We had an REI Taj3 that failed spectacularly on a trip last fall (rain fly failed). We fit into that just fine, though one thing I never liked about it was the tiny vestibules.

Entry from either side or from the end is nice. We don't want to have to crawl over one another to go outside at night.
 
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davemcgov
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06/12/2024 09:45PM  
I've heard that Eureka has exited the tent business, but some are still available in stores or online. The SQ4 is the most recent update to the old workhorse, the Timberline. It sets up reasonably easy, has doors on each end. And can fit two with room for all your gear. Four will fit if you want to get cozy. The front door has a good sized vestibule.
I have ridden out some impressive storms in mine. I have a shelf full of various tents for different situations. In heavy weather or when I want space, I bring the SQ4.
 
06/12/2024 10:44PM  
The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height.
 
06/13/2024 03:43AM  
Take a look at Mountainsmith tents. We have a Mountainsmith Genessee 4 person tent that is perfect for the two of us. For comfort we use a full size airbed (70+ year old people don't like thin mats) and it leaves room for clothing and room for dressing in the morning, plus a vestibule at each end. We've used it for 4 years, at least 2 weeks each year and it has held up really well.
 
06/13/2024 05:53AM  
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."

+1. I really like these tents. They make a ul version as well. You could also look at the MSR Hubba Hubba 3. A very good tent as well but a little pricey.
 
soundguy0918
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06/13/2024 06:29AM  
RMinMN: "Take a look at Mountainsmith tents. We have a Mountainsmith Genessee 4 person tent that is perfect for the two of us. For comfort we use a full size airbed (70+ year old people don't like thin mats) and it leaves room for clothing and room for dressing in the morning, plus a vestibule at each end. We've used it for 4 years, at least 2 weeks each year and it has held up really well."


+1
 
06/13/2024 06:59AM  
For a really well designed very light, sturdy, weather proof shelter (unfortunately expensive) consider the Copper Spur 3 XL - The extra length is really handy and comes at almost no weight cost, the storage pouches are unmatched. I have the 1, 2 and 4 man version as well. The 4 is unbelievably spacious, but overkill for just me and my dog- if you like space to spread out consider the 4. I got 15 years of use out of my first Big Agnes tent (Seedhouse 2) and it was still water tight when I sold it last year.
 
Pikehunter
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06/13/2024 07:11AM  
I am selling all of my gear
Marmot Limelite 3 person tent $125
this has been a great tent
 
06/13/2024 07:42AM  
I have a Tungsten 4P. Nothing really stands out as great or bad about it. Solid all around I guess. A lot bulkier than my Sierra Designs Meteor 3P but the Tungsten is a little heavier duty and obviously has considerably more space being a 4P. I'm 6'3" and the Meteor is just barely long enough for me and I would prefer it was a few inches longer but overall it's good combination of price versus size vs bulk when it's on sale, which it is right now.

Meteor 3

Tungsten 4P

Both of these are available in 3P and 4P versions. The Marmots are quite a bit bulkier when packed and heavier but also a little roomier and robust.
 
Mad_Angler
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06/13/2024 08:31AM  
Banksiana: "For a really well designed very light, sturdy, weather proof shelter (unfortunately expensive) consider the Copper Spur 3 XL - The extra length is really handy and comes at almost no weight cost, the storage pouches are unmatched. I have the 1, 2 and 4 man version as well. The 4 is unbelievably spacious, but overkill for just me and my dog- if you like space to spread out consider the 4. I got 15 years of use out of my first Big Agnes tent (Seedhouse 2) and it was still water tight when I sold it last year."


I've had a Big Agnes Fly Creek 3 for years. It has served me extremely well. It is light, spacious and can weather nearly any storm. I've used in the BW with my wife and while moose hunting in Alaska with a buddy. It is/was a great tent.

It was finally showing signs of wear so we bought a Copper Spur 3. We just used it for the first time in the BW this spring. It is a great tent. It has more space than the fly creek. It has 2 nice vestibules. So far, we really love this tent.
 
06/13/2024 09:41AM  
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."


We have both the Marmot Tungsten 3p and the Marmot Fortress 3p. They are essentially the same tent, but the Fortress is full fabric, not mesh. We fit 2 wide exped pads in it, with room for the dog at the bottom. They have held up well, and we only get wet inside when the dog goes for a swim too close to bedtime!
 
KawnipiKid
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06/13/2024 12:10PM  
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."


+1 Just used my new Tungsten 3 for the first time and like it very much.
 
KawnipiKid
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06/13/2024 12:12PM  
Double post
 
06/13/2024 12:59PM  
ALPS Mountaineering Taurus Outfitter Tent. Used a newALPS Mountaineering Taurus Outfitter Tent in Q two weeks ago. It was great. Plenty of room for two and gear with good size vestibule. It was a nice upgrade for me.
 
06/13/2024 01:32PM  
Banksiana: "For a really well designed very light, sturdy, weather proof shelter (unfortunately expensive) consider the Copper Spur 3 XL - The extra length is really handy and comes at almost no weight cost, the storage pouches are unmatched. I have the 1, 2 and 4 man version as well. The 4 is unbelievably spacious, but overkill for just me and my dog- if you like space to spread out consider the 4. I got 15 years of use out of my first Big Agnes tent (Seedhouse 2) and it was still water tight when I sold it last year."


This!
 
06/13/2024 02:01PM  
bobbernumber3: "ALPS Mountaineering Taurus Outfitter Tent. Used a newALPS Mountaineering Taurus Outfitter Tent in Q two weeks ago. It was great. Plenty of room for two and gear with good size vestibule. It was a nice upgrade for me."


Second recommendation for ALPS Mountaineering. We have the Taurus 4 person version that endured wicked storms (high winds/hail/rain) over several nights 2 years ago without any issues. On our most recent trip we had various rain storms, again without any leaks. Now, I did seam seal the rain fly. Roomy interior accommodates 3 people with 25” sleeping pads; sturdy tent poles; 2 door entry and vestibules have plenty of room for packs, etc…
 
Naught
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06/13/2024 02:37PM  
Mountain hardware aspect 3 is 60% off on their website right now with code MHWGEAR.

If you want cheaper than that stoic driftwood 3, its made by marmot so very similar to their offerings at half the price.

If you want more expensive BA copper spur 3.
 
scottiebaldwin
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06/13/2024 08:13PM  
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."


+1 on the Marmot Tungsten tents. A 3P would be perfect for you. We love ours.

 
06/13/2024 08:19PM  
Going to throw out a "cheap" option. I recently purchased a Wireless 4 from Kelty. It follows their model of two door/vestibule options very closely. I've used Kelty for 20+ years now and been consistently happy. I think the price from Amazon was something like $180.00... Kelty Wireless
 
06/13/2024 08:23PM  
Sigh.. tried using the link feature and failed. Terrible to be a Luddite.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082P6R56Z?ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details&th=1&psc=1
 
06/13/2024 10:26PM  
Exped MIRA II or III if you can find it. 2nd best tent I've ever owned- the first was was from 1993 a Eureka Denali bought at United Stores in Fridely,MN-- you may be able to find an older model but looks like this years is sold out.
Exped Mira II





and one that many haven't heard of in the canoeing community - especially if you wanna go really lightweight but not cuban fiber-- my goto when i need less weight and bulk.

Lightheart Gear Solong 6
 
06/14/2024 04:17AM  
CCS Lean 1 or 2
 
06/14/2024 09:43AM  
davemcgov: "I've heard that Eureka has exited the tent business, but some are still available in stores or online. The SQ4 is the most recent update to the old workhorse, the Timberline. It sets up reasonably easy, has doors on each end. And can fit two with room for all your gear. Four will fit if you want to get cozy. The front door has a good sized vestibule.
I have ridden out some impressive storms in mine. I have a shelf full of various tents for different situations. In heavy weather or when I want space, I bring the SQ4.
"


I have an older model SQ4 with only one door, tons of space and head room, always holds up to wind and rain, great ventilation when needed.
 
Tomcat
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06/14/2024 11:03AM  
 
06/14/2024 12:11PM  
+1 for the Copper Spur HV UL3. Entry and vestibules on both sides is a great feature. Also light and sturdy with plenty of space for our wide sleeping pads.
 
06/14/2024 12:19PM  
Papa09: "
Banksiana: "For a really well designed very light, sturdy, weather proof shelter (unfortunately expensive) consider the Copper Spur 3 XL - The extra length is really handy and comes at almost no weight cost, the storage pouches are unmatched. I have the 1, 2 and 4 man version as well. The 4 is unbelievably spacious, but overkill for just me and my dog- if you like space to spread out consider the 4. I got 15 years of use out of my first Big Agnes tent (Seedhouse 2) and it was still water tight when I sold it last year."



This!"


I've used Big Agnes tent almost exclusively for nearly 20 years and would strongly recommend their tents. Not the cheapest option out there, but mine have been really durable and stand up beautifully to bad weather.

 
06/17/2024 12:03PM  
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."


Hi, do you know if this has a vestibule by each of the doors? Or just by one door?
 
06/17/2024 12:21PM  
Pikehunter: " I am selling all of my gear
Marmot Limelite 3 person tent $125
this has been a great tent
"


Has it been sold? How old is it/how much use?

I will be in Minneapolis this coming weekend. I still have to talk over options with my husband, though.

Edit: We've decided to go with a 4P tent; might be adding in our dog and so the extra space would be nice.
 
06/17/2024 12:34PM  
Barca: "Going to throw out a "cheap" option. I recently purchased a Wireless 4 from Kelty. It follows their model of two door/vestibule options very closely. I've used Kelty for 20+ years now and been consistently happy. I think the price from Amazon was something like $180.00... Kelty Wireless "


Have your fiberglass poles held up? Really good price and space on this tent...
 
SoDak
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06/17/2024 08:08PM  
I agree with Marmot! I can’t recommend them enough. We have owned 3 in the past 19 years with heavy use with kids and dogs along with South Dakota winds. Marmots hold up to the strongest storms without any issues the tungsten 3 and 4 both fit nicely into my gear bag for BW trips each year.
 
06/18/2024 10:35AM  
RMinMN: "Take a look at Mountainsmith tents."


Hi, thanks for this. We are going with the Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 or the Morrison EVO 4. (I don't think the Genesee is available any longer.)
 
Othello
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06/21/2024 10:04AM  
REI has BA Copper Spur tents 40% off right now. Best price I've seen on the four-person Copper Spur HV UL4.
 
06/22/2024 08:46AM  
nojobro: "
Ausable: "The Marmot Tungsten 3P or 4P tents look nice with 2 doors and good floor area and head height."


Hi, do you know if this has a vestibule by each of the doors? Or just by one door?"


Yes, 2 vestibules.
See Marmot 3 info, specs, & diagram
 
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