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Question by bat4bab. Uploaded on February 27, 2010
Any one will do the key is to set it up so it gets enough ventilation but not too much. I like fiberglass poles but they weigh more. A vestibule is nice. you pay more for less weight. Kelty is a solid tent.
My rule of thumb is always get the next size up, if you can afford it. For example. if you think 4 persons, get one for at least six. In bad weather a tent gets really crowded. We could use a little more information. If backpacking weight and bulk is an issue. Therefore, two tents my be a better answer. Do you want a stove etc. Have used the large Cabelas Outfitter with vestibule, it was very comfortable. For cold, snowy elk hunting a wall tent is hard to beat.
I think tent size ratings are figured out using 12 year olds. Do what Myles says and always get a size up. I like to add 50%.
2 people X 1.5 = 3 person tent
4 people X 1.5 = 6 person tent
weight would not be a huge issue. I was looking at the outfitter tent in cabelas. We can carry it in on a 4 wheeler or horse back. It will be used for bow hunting in Montana our camp is about 9,000 feet so we can get some good storms. We have had fiberglass poles on our columbia tent break on us when we get a good storm or a heavy snow load. also we can get some really heavy rain storms. I was looking for a stronger tent what could with hold a hood storm and not have to worry. I agree that going one step up from what you think is a good idea. especially after you put all your cloths and gear in it that you need.
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