I am looking for a new 1-2 person tent for the summer. i will be working at philmont in new mexico and i want something that will be lightweight and be able to handle rain just in case. if anyone has any info i would appreciate it!
Loc: Kansas City, Mo
I bought the Marmot Limelight 2 last spring and camped with it during the summer/fall. Its a great lightweight 4.5 pound backpacking tent that comes with its own footprint as well. It held up great in rain and has plenty of mesh for the breeze. I just would not recomend it for cold weather.
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If you want it to actually be light, then look for LESS than 3 lbs. Also, it rains almost every day at Philmont. You also might want to give more info on what you are looking for; like price range, size, double/single wall etc. If you are going as a guide, you WILL be solo per BSA rules.
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I am an adult advisor, and am scheduled to go to Philmont with a troop this summer. I am planning on taking my Tarptent one man Rainbow, as we expect an odd number in our trek. It is a bit over 2 lbs, and lists for $225 on the Tarptent website. Tarptent makes excellent products. It is a single wall tent, which does involve some compromises.
I just ordered this tent and it has great reviews. its also very lightweight and right in your price range. I'll be testing it out in a couple of weeks so ill let you know for sure what I think, but I'm sure I'll be satisfied!
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For you new members, a 4lb. 11 oz. solo or two person tent is not "very lightweight" by the usual standards of the longtime members of this site. It's not even lightweight by my standards and I carry an 8 lb. winter tent for solo camping.
TNF has a tent called the Solo 12 that weighs just over 2 lbs. Keep in mind, it is tiny. I used a SD Flashlight on a trip years ago and spent a fair amount of time in it in the rain. That is a two person tent. With just me, I had room for my gear, with two people, there wasn't much room for both of us and gear, so give that some thought.
SMD and Tarptent have very lightweight shelters-SMD has a one person tent that weighs 23 oz. in its lightest version, minus stakes - that is about one third the weight of Zach's tent.
I'm not picking on you personally Zach, just using your choice as an example of how perceptions differ here from what you may be used to seeing.
Edited by TomD (03/06/0902:14 PM)
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