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Andrew Cox: I'm seeing the outer make a lot of contact with the inner in the wind in this video. Does this translate into a wet inner from condensation on the outer?

Erika O: Does the Big Agnes use trekking poles for set up?

Andrew Miller: I've been looking at quite a few backpacking tents, I've sort of got my mind set on the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 person tent, seems to have a ton of good reviews. These guys seem to think it's a good one - http://www.massiveadventure.com/best-backpacking-tent/ long gone are the days when steel poles were used and 2 hours to put the damn thing up but at least you weren't blinded by the amount of choice.

Shaun Wilson: Tarptent has 2 free standing tents that kill the Big Agnes...

Jimmy Hernandez: Excellent, awesome review!! This will help me out when the time comes to get a tent.

MrZimma frame: There is a Chinese version of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2, the cheap Chinese version which is actually really good for the value is call "Naturehike 2 Person Outdoor Ultralight Camping Tent". It comes in three colour options and the gray one is less weight and has a silicone coating. I ordered the 3 man version a week ago. The only thing i've heard bad about these tents is they don't have a tether point on the middle of the two large sides of the tent. And the front part where the poles connect together should be reinforced with duck tape for better rigidity. The tent is like only $100 with free postage

Sean Logue: I have a EXPED Mira II hiking tent ... I recommend that , its awesome...

upupaepops: Hoping that John Smith gets the reply (another issue of Google+ settings blocking replies).    Great question John.  I've seen a few vendors give some specs on snow load capacity, but it's very hard to come up with metrics for wind load.  Most of the time I've just seen comments from reviewers for things like "had a big storm and the tent held up well", etc.  In any case, I think that most quality tents have good to excellent pole materials and, when staked out properly, show great ability to shed wind.  I think the driving rain is more of an issue.  There a two things I'd look for if I knew I was potentially going to be in a wind-blown, driving rain environment.   First, I'd probably pick a tent that has it's shell (body) with more silnylon material and less mesh.  I'd also pick a tent that had a rainfly that completely covers the tent, in essence, a true "double wall" tent.  Second, I'd look at the waterproof coating specifications if the vendor provides it.  It's usually given in mm, such as "a 1200mm polyurethane coating".  Cascade Designs has a great article explaining tent waterproofing methods (I'll post the link at the end of this note).  Lastly, you can always add additional waterproofing to your tent via spray-on or paint-on products.   http://bit.ly/1DRU3GY

upupaepops: Reply to John Smith's comment below.. NOTE:  If you make a comment to a video via Google+, and you have your privacy settings set to not allow comments/replies, the ability to reply here on Youtube is blocked.  Known issue and a pain with Google+.

John Smith: How about some thoughts on ability to withstand winds? I'm in NH, the wind is serious business in the White Mountains. Wind driven rain on any night any time of the year!

aaron perkins: I absolutely LOVE my Big Agnes UL2. It packs so small that it's almost ridiculous. I use it to fill in my pack around my Jetfoil MiniMO, my food, and "dead space" in my Osprey packs. My Sharpshire is also great.

ad set: Great review, please do more! Thanks!

Molon Labe: Too expensive.

Pointless Traveler: Check out my Ultra Lightweight Minimalist Tent; 1.25 0z. per 1/2 yard Cuben; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8p1Zix2PZw

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

Jesse C: Hubba, hubba...

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.

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

BornToBunk: We really liked your video!!
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Ultralight Backpacking Tents