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#177963 - 06/20/13 06:45 PM Using a tent without the fly..yes or no?
hikingdud62 Offline
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Now the weather is getting warmer. Do I need to carry the fly?

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#177966 - 06/20/13 07:20 PM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: hikingdud62]
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Only if there is the possibility of rain. I generally take my fly along regardless of the forecast; it weighs less than a pound. I'll pitch the tent w/o the fly in nice weather but the fly is nearby in case of a midnight shower. If you have a single-wall tent, though, you don't have a choice.
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#177967 - 06/20/13 09:11 PM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: hikingdud62]
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For a quick overnighter with a strong forecast of continued fair weather, I could definitely see leaving the fly home. I don't know where you hike, but in my area I would normally bring the rain fly, because our mountains tend to manufacture their own weather and more often than not I am out for a much longer period than overnight.

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#177968 - 06/20/13 09:19 PM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: hikingdud62]
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If you do not need the fly (short trip excellent weather predicted) then, if mosquitoes or other creepy crawlies are not an issue, ditch the tent altogether!

Another option is fly without tent, using a tent footprint. Light weight tents nowadays weigh so little that the weight savings may not be worth the worry over the uncertainty, unless you can ditch the entire tent - that would be worth it.

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#177974 - 06/21/13 08:52 AM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: hikingdud62]
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I'd only do that on a limited basis. My understanding is the fly is cheaper to replace than the tent body and you need to take into consideration UV exposure and its toll on fabric. Some materials are better than others. Higher in elevation, the more damage can be done.
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#177976 - 06/21/13 11:02 AM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: hikerduane]
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To clarify, the tent fly/footprint setup is for times when you definitely will need rain protection but could save some weight without the inner tent if bugs are not an issue. These are time when you would use the fly anyway, so it does not add to wear on the fly. The fly is going to wear out whether or not there is a inner tent under it.


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#177977 - 06/21/13 11:18 AM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: wandering_daisy]
hikingdud62 Offline
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The fly would make it a little lighter. The top half of 2 panels, out of 4 are mesh. Would morning dew affect the occupants and stuff if no fly? What conditions would I have morning dew?

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#178018 - 06/24/13 01:33 PM Re: Using a tent without the fly..yes or no? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Ah, I only have lightweight tents, the body is set up or nothing at all. No footprint, just a gc.
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