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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:42 am

I'm running out of time, in my search for a new tent.

If you'd care to read all about it, and leave any comments you might have, I'd greatly appreciate it:


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Postby DragginLady » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:35 am

This is probably not that helpful to you, but we bought Springbar for last year and loved it! You can stand up in it and the only dust in it was what was brought in by feet. May be too pricey, and may be too heavy for you depending on what kind of vehicle you are bringing up.....
But it is a really good tent. Kodiak is also good.

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Postby geminiRanger » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:42 am

i just ordered a spring bar - this tent is *solid*

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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:06 pm


Yeah, those big ol' canvas tents look cool, but they're rather 'spensive, and heavy. I think for that price and weight, I'd go with a Shelter System. Plus, I'm not sure about ease of set up.

I am limited on space, as I'm taking a bus across the country...

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Postby Sail Man » Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:11 pm

C.f.M. wrote:SHARK!

Yeah, those big ol' canvas tents look cool, but they're rather 'spensive, and heavy. I think for that price and weight, I'd go with a Shelter System. Plus, I'm not sure about ease of set up.

I am limited on space, as I'm taking a bus across the country...

Well, thats not gonna give you much in the way of gear you can take the, is it? I havent taken a bus in ages and then it was just for a weekend. Can you pay to have them haul extra stuff? Are you hooking up with a camp when you get to BRC?
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Postby haolegolucky » Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:13 pm

Unless I am missing something, then pretty much every single tent you posted up on your blog will result in you sleeping in dust. I made that mistake my first year.

All the mesh which is great OFF PLAYA will result in a dusty mess ON PLAYA. I took an old tent and sealed it up with fabric glue and nylon over all the mesh areas. If you are willing to sacrifice a tent in this matter, its a good way to go. That being said, I'd go cheap (say Big 5) and seal up one of those tents. Make sure you do it before you hit the playa though.

If you have already figured this all out, then I apologize. I just wish someone had warned me about the wonders mesh results in. I literally had "playa dunes" in my tent after a few dust storms several years back.

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Postby Samasutra » Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:18 pm

hey...wheres the porn?! :x
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Postby CapSmashy » Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:19 pm

I have a 10x10 and a 10x14 Kodiak Canvas (pretty much identical Springbar except $100+ cheaper).

Yes, they are heavy. Yes they are expensive. Yes, they will last you for the next 20 years and are probably the closest you will get to a dust free living space on the Playa.

Setup is damn near effortless. I can have both tents set up by myself in under 20 minutes if I don't take a break from driving the stakes.
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Postby Oldguy » Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:12 am

I use a civil war style a-frame tent. Canvas, heavyweight, fire retardent treated. About 9 feet long, 7 foot headroom below center pole. Army cot on one side, coleman boxes on the other. This is my dressing room, pantry, storm refuge. It's on the East side of the foyer square.

My main tent is a two room cabin model with windows in front room, big foam mattress under two zipped up bags in the back windowless " bedroom". I sleep there mostly. It's on the Northside of the foyer square.

I have a third tent I use as a kitchen, two rooms but one is all screen. My cardtable, chairs, stove and water boxes are there. Guests can stay in the kitchen's back "bedroom". It's on the Southside of the foyer square.

I tarp over the two two-room tents to make a foyer, the solid a-frame blocks to the East. I have my small trailer to the West as a carpeted stage. I have carpet in the foyer and under the floorless a-frame and under the screen room. The bedrooms are closed up. I have some small area rugs in there. I've been working on getting carpets this year. Last year it was tents.

I know 3 tents for one guy seems a lot, but my footprint is only 30 foot square, and I have shade, and comfort.
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Postby Minxy » Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:41 am

I like porn.

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Postby Burp! » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:13 pm

If you are going to use a tent (which I always do), just accept that you are going to have to become one with the dust. That's the way it is. To quote the collective "Resistance is futile"

If you got medium to big tent plans, please stake that thing down!!! With rebar, not those little cheapy stakes you get with your tent. At least one rebar pounded half way to China, please.


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Postby peachandpapa » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:07 pm

I like porn in my Montana wall tent... Best investment I have ever made!
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Postby arjetz » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:28 am

looks much better than other i think this i perfect tent to my kids..

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Postby skygnome777 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:08 am

I just set up the tent I intended to use and realized it has the freaking mesh on the top. I'm going to need to try to seal it I guess.
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Postby Token » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:26 am

You guys are over-engineering this way too much.

Put an old sheet over your stuff. Remove sheet before going to bed. Repeat.

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Postby ghoomba » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:53 pm

I had to seal up a tent myself a couple of years ago and used masking tape (cant recall if I put it inside and out or just out). It worked great and is still on there and kept the dust to almost zilch. The sheet over stuff works pretty darned well too unless you get the UBER-fill-your-tent-with-playa-dust storm.

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