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

tightspot88: Hubba, hubba, indeed. That tent is *not* cheap. 

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! 

pgreenx: I still think the fly creek is the best all around lightweight tent too. If you consider weight, storm proofness, durability. Good choice. 

Joseph Allen: Willing to sell the MSR Hubba hubba?

NoGuyComesClose: Awesome! 

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

Linus Helvecio: What about Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2? 

pgreenx: Nice video. I'm a couple of years late to post but there are a host of cuban solo tents now coming in around 20 ounces ( zpack solplex, smd, etc). 

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).

Don Russell: make your own, out of tyvex from Lowes, for much, less than that.

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

HELLADJ: nice intro

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 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.

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 !

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: 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) com/lp2/waterproof-guide

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 it :P

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?

upupaepops: There are actually quite a few good choices for under $100. My recommendation would be to go to Campmor online, and in their tent section under Backpacking Tents, you can select by price (such as $0 - $100). You'll find several good brands such as Eureka, Kelty, Wenzel and Coleman out there. Also, if you are close to an Academy Sports, they have some decent tents in that price range. I've had several tents such as these over the years. Good tents, just a little heavy.

upupaepops: Many thanks for the feedback!
Rating:
Ultralight Backpacking Tents 4.8 out of 5

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