Ultralight Backpacking Tents




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The Adventure Biker: Great review! I know that Walmart's Ozark Trail brand tents don't compare to yours but what do you honestly think of them? I was just given a 2 person Ozark Trail Jr. size dome tent that measures 6x5x3ft high. It weighs 2lbs 15oz packed and packs pretty compact, which is important to me since I'll be carrying it on my mountain bike. I haven't used it yet but it seems that it will suit my needs ok. Just wanted your thoughts on the brand since you seem to have a lot of experience with high end lightweight tents. 

Intrepido Major: Thanks for the informative vid!...vegetable? is that any like vestibule (ves-ti-bule)? 

darius savory: Seems like it'd be a good review but I really cba converting all your archaic units into the metric system ;c

Wyatt F: Just looked at the prices I literally laughed for about 2 minutes!

Jesse C: Hubba, hubba... 

Joe Tipps: 4 years later, have you added any tents to your stable? Which one is still your fav and which has fallen from grace?

rhey simon: thanks for the post

GC Adventure Gear: Nice job on the review - just found your channel. May not be price compatible with the average Joe's budget, but then you get what you pay for - well done.

tightshot88: Hubba, hubba, indeed. That tent is *not* cheap. 

BornToBunk: We really liked your video!!

SpankyTheYankee: You might throw a Mountain Hardwear Super Mega UL2 into the mix next time around. I have one on the way. 

Kris Nordberg: Ha ha, I'm not the only tentaholic out there. I settled on a Nemo Obi 2. The Fly Creek was in the running too. I like the 2 doors for cross ventilation. I can't even go into REI without getting butterflies in my tummy. I use mine for B.O.B. bike trailer camping. LOVE TENTS.

Jacq Michael: I read in other reviews that BA Flycreek is not that strong or durable during strong wind. Do you think its ok for SE Asian countries that are prone to rain? Thanks! 

Joseph Allen: Willing to sell the MSR Hubba hubba?

NoGuyComesClose: Awesome! 

Linus Helvecio: What about Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2? 

campbpar: i wish i needed a tent

Ilya Kovic: I think you put the rainfly on the Fly Creek on inside out.

Walksomemore: I have Seedhouse SL1 and SL2, had 'em both in big rain and wind, as well as temps down to 16F. The rain is not a terribly big deal if you take care. The seedhouse tents are the best I've ever used. I am also a freestanding guy and these BA tents fit the bill at minimal weights. Never used a Fly Creek (the Seedhouses have lasted so well).

HELLADJ: nice intro

acousticmany: Sounds like you are saying vegetable versus vestibule! lol Just busting some chops. Good review nonetheless man!

upupaepops: You bet. I have mutiple packs, multiple tents, multiple sleeping pads, multiple sleeping bags, etc. I may carry a 40+ pound load over a week-long trip in the mountains, but barely 15 pounds for a short weekend. And of course, weather is usually the deciding factor. Thanks!

PBK1023: Check out the tarptent Rainbow or double Rainbow. Both are able to be set up freestanding. The Rainbow can actually fet two people (it's tight, but it will feet 2 standard 20 inch sleeping pads side by side), and weighs less than 2 lb! The Double Rainbow will easily fit 2 has two doors and vestibules and is only about 8 oz. more

JuggleAddict: got mine for my cross country bike trip this summer. I watched this and other videos and kept seeing it pop up. Yea, it needs to be staked out in my case, but it's an incredible amount of usable room for the weight. : ) You have quite a stable of tents built up!

upupaepops: ;) Thanks, Now that the pool is in there is less that half that... but easier to mow...haha!

upupaepops: First, a rule of thumb is that the "person capacity" designations given by vendors is (in my opinion), overly optimistic. In a typical 2 person tent, it is VERY cozy, even for two small / medium sized adults, much less adding any kids. That's why I use the Fly Creek UL2 (2 person) for me alone. For what you are describing, you will need (at a minimum) a 3 person or 4 person tent, or a couple of 2 person tents. Unfortunately they haven't invented bunk beds for tents yet. :) Thanks!

IntoTheWildOregon: Good reviews. Thanks for including Tarp Tent! I've used my Sublite for about 5 years in all weather, 4 seasons in the Oregon Cascades. It's a soft weave Tyvek material and weighs in @ 19 oz.

judoguy33: Nice review.... I like your hat..Gig Em!!

TungstenKid: Singleskin tents and condensation has never really bothered me because I keep the main door unzipped all night to cut it down, I'm mostly a summer camper and the sleeping bag is warm enough, so no need to zip the tent up to keep draughts out. I live in england so will keep my eyes open for somebody who can make me a 1-man singleskin. At the moment i use a cheap singleskin dome but i want something narrower to neatly fit in the strip of nomansland between growing crops and the hedgerow..:)

upupaepops: Thanks for watching!

upupaepops: Same artist for the opening and closing tracks: Habib Koite & Bamada. The opening song is "Din Din Wo (Little Child)", and the closing song is "I Ka Barra (Your Work)". Thanks for watching!

bedarda: Base on your review, I purchase a BA Fly Creek II from HumbleOutdoors for about $270, it came with a free BA footprint. So far, I love this tent, despite it lightness it is still like new, after spending over thirty nights in it.

upupaepops: With 2013 right around the corner, I'm betting that many vendors will be updating their product lines, so you'll have a great chance to find some bargains on current production tents. Good luck, and thanks for the feedback!

dietcoke1996: Thank you for your quick response!

upupaepops: LOL ! I know exactly what you mean. I have a friend who does call them "vegetables", and I suppose it slips through my own conversation. Blame it on my Texas accent. :) You say Po-Tay-Toe, I say Po-Tah-Toe. ;)

GorTech14: What do you think of the Eureka Solitaire, similar to a bivy but not quite.

upupaepops: @sablebush Most of the time I don't use a footprint, but most of the time I've been able to pitch my tents on grass, dirt, pine needles, etc. If I knew that the ground was going to be more severe, such as rocky, I'd use one. It also depends on the thickness of the tent floor. The heavier tents sometimes have a thicker floor, and the ultralights like the Big Agnes UL series have a somewhat thin floor, and if you use your tent a lot, a footprint will extend the tent floor life.

Anne Holladay: Thank you so much for this review! You did such a good job. I have been looking at the Big Agnes for a week now contemplating between it and the Nemo Meta 2p.

upupaepops: LOL! You should hear me now....practicing before another tent review: "Ves-Ti-Bule, VES TI BULE , vestibule.... VES.....TI....BULE....." haha! :)

upupaepops: Seems to be discontinued. They got pretty poor reviews. Granted, they were super inexpensive, but that seems to have been their downfall, given the material used. However, sometimes you run across one that held together, and if so, then it was a bargain for the price.

quercus417: Has any manufacturer came up with a tent you can hang or a hammock you can stake for a tent. Might as well have it all.It seems that someone could come up with something more compatible to most outdoor situations.

upupaepops: I feel the same way when I travel abroad: "My kingdom for standard measurements!" But seriously, it just boils down to my time involved in gathering the data. All the data on the equipment I review from the US is in standard (Imperial), and I don't always get motivated to calculate and include the metric conversions.

Karl XZY: More important to work on your power to weight ratio.

upupaepops: Outstanding! Stephenson Warmlites are excellent tents, born out of mountain climbing. Durable and light weight, but pricey at roughly $400 and up. That was a great find!

SoDakWOLF: same brah!

nickjin00: I've been looking for this sort of light weight, back packers tent comparison Vids for ages. i think I may have found the tent that I want to invest in :) Hubba Hubba (2 persons) completely free standing, compared to Agnes tents, Right? I'm looking for something that can be truely free standing, without any pegs/stakes. Of course the weight is crucial as well..

upupaepops: I always give kudos to Tarptent for being innovative with unique features and ways to use trekking poles! Weight-wise, the Double Rainbow and the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 are almost identical at about 2.5 pounds. But the Rainbow has double doors and vestibules! Not a huge fan of the "pole through sleeves", but not a show-stopper. Price-wise the DR wins hands-down at almost $100 less than the BA FC UL2. Thanks for the feedback!! Looks like another review is in order. :)

upupaepops: Thanks a million for the heads-up! Great info!

upupaepops: I like a tent with a vestibule large enough to grow vegetables inside it. :) Sorry, you'll have to forgive my Texas accent.

upupaepops: First, I do what you describe by staking the tent and fly out seperately. I try to keep the rear two tent corner stakes "slacker", and the rear two fly corners more tightly. I've been contemplating adding some form of additional guy line attach points on the rear fly to "pull it out" more, away from the tent. Thanks !
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Ultralight Backpacking Tents 4.8 out of 5

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