tightspot88: Hubba, hubba, indeed. That tent is *not* cheap.
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).
upupaepops: Yes, and that's my primary gripe about the vast majority of these "seed"
style tents, which MANY vendors have adopted. If you don't open that fly
all the way up (especially the top third), you can avoid most of the
"raining in" issue, but still a challenge. I'll be doing another ultralight
tent video very soon, which will include the TarpTent Double Rainbow, with
some unique vestibules.
Al Barkley: in regards to the Fly Creek.. Does the door in the fly open up OVER the
floor of the inner tent? It looks like opening the fly in a downpour (if
you gotta piss you gotta piss!) would let a lot of rainwater into the tub
of the tent rather than just onto the ground in the vestibule area but it
may just be an awkward angle in the video.. I've found this to be an
annoying design flaw in a number of ultralight tents.. I'm still a fan of
Henry Shires TarpTents but I like considering other options..
SageAndOnions: Sweet as, Ill have a look for reviews about that one then...cheers for the
bigesrac: I live in florida and i'm debating on the msr hubba hubba 2 person or the
big agnes fly creek ul2. Do you prefer the big agnes better?
bigesrac: Thank you for the input and very fast reply. I think I'm going to go with
the hubba hubba and hopefully the extra 2lbs isnt too bad. Thanks again!
upupaepops: It depends. If your ultimate goal is to have the lightest two-person tent,
then I'd go with the Big Agnes. But if you value the MSR Hubba Hubba's
features more, such as the completely free-standing capability, the double
doors, and the two giant vestibules, then I'd go with the MSR. I really,
really like those features on the Hubba Hubba, but it's two pounds heavier
than the Big Agnes. I'm currently evaluating the Tarptent Double Rainbow.
Not freestanding, but light with double doors.
SageAndOnions: Hey, nice video. Have you heard of the Luxe Lightweave 2 person tent? What
are your thoughts on it? Im looking to buy a light 2 man tent but for as
cheap as possible. Thanks
upupaepops: I'll confess that I don't know much about the Luxe tents, as you don't see
them here in the US very often. But I know that Michael Wong, the designer,
has a good following and has been steadily upgrading the materials (like
using silnylon, etc), and the features, while keeping the price down.
Probably the closest thing I'd compare them to here in the US is the
Tarptents, and I've got a Tarptent Rainbow 2, which I plan on doing a video
Felipe González: You made a terrible mistake...the last item its no a tent its a plane!
upupaepops: I hear you. It's VERY hard to find a quality "light" backpacking tent in
camo. There are a lot of 2nd tier vendors like TexSport, etc that make camo
tents, but they tend to be heavier and not of great quality. What I've done
is choose an ultralight tarp such as the one offered by Sportsmansguide
called HQ Issue Tarp Digital Camo that you can get in 8x8 or 11x11. They're
waterproof and you can either put them over your tent, or even substitute
them for the existing rain fly.
Aidan Kelly: I recently purchased the Eureka! Solitaire. I am very satisfied with it and
it's about 2 pounds 9 ounces. It's not freestanding and it's very cozy, but
it'll be hard to fit in your backpack.
upupaepops: Yeah, it's kind of a trade off with where you want to store your pack.
Since most of my pack gets unloaded anyway at camp, I generally wind up
hanging it on a tree with a pack cover over it.
Aidan Kelly: Sorry I meant fit your backpack in the tent with you, it's pretty small all
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!
Adam2Dakota: This helped out a ton!! Thanks man!!
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!
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
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.
elstado1: 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.
fred13654: Hey, I have over 7 backpacks of different size, durability, and purpose, so
this just comes naturally as you buy gear over time.
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 !
upupaepops: The general answer is "yes". There is no standardized test specifically for
tents with official "ratings". But knowing some basic info from the
manufacturer can help you understand what they've done to "waterproof"
their tents in terms of materials, coatings,etc. Knowing what kind of
material, and what's been done to it (coatings, etc) are the best way to
rate it. This is a pretty good website to explain sierratradingpost (dot)
fred13654: This is a great video, but I must say, every time you say vestibule I hear
vegetable. Maybe it's just me but I ended up laughing every time you said
dietcoke1996: Great video but I just picked up an REI Quarter Dome UL2. I am planning to
go backpacking to test it out in the Sierras this coming spring. Any
thought on the tent?
vaidotas86: do you have 7 tents?