Looking for tent recommendations

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Hello,

I'm looking for 2P backpacking tent recommendations (trekking pole tents are acceptable).

My criteria are:
- At least 47" wide, (preferably 50" wide) the whole length of the tent
- Weighs less than 4 pounds (preferably 3lbs or less)
- Price range: $300-$400 (I know this will limit the options)

Thanks!
 

Jackson

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Tarptent! The Double Rainbow checks all your boxes except for the sub-three pound one.

They have a double walled version of the Double Rainbow now also, and it looks great. Still weighs in under 4 pounds.

Going to be very difficult finding a standard tent that is 3 pounds or less and costs under $400.
 

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Just picked up one of these earlier in the summer and its outstanding. Meets your criteria. There's a version with a solid inner or mesh and it can be used without the inner. They had been selling out instantly since they came out but looks like there is a more steady supply now.

Whole package is under 40 oz.
 

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I've used the REI Quarter Dome SL 2 the last couple years and have been very happy with it.

The footprint does have a taper down to 42 inches (vs. your 47) but is 52 inches towards the top. Around three pounds. Currently on clearance for $270. . . I'm thinking of buying a backup. :)

 

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Tarptent Stratospire 2
52" wide floor
<3lbs
$359


Haven't used it, but had a 1p Notch for >8yrs. Tarptent makes some great tents. Don't tell my little 1p 'mids, but I look at the SS1 and SS Li all the time. Looking isn't cheating...is it?!?
 

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Tarptent one of the most reasonable... Had a Rainbow for 10 years, now a Bowfin (dont think they make that anymore) but their other models are just as good.
 

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One note on the X-mid 2 PRO... even though it is outside the price range (Because you might be tempted).
The PRO has a slimmer bathtub, 47" v 52"... this makes a big diff if you both use a wider pad that is 24-25". You have the length to stagger pads slightly in the PRO unless you are on a flat enough surface to sleep opposite feet to head.
Although super light and a great single wall tent, the width when both of us had wider pads was not ideal, and we ended up angling out the trekking poles on one side so that person did not smack their elbows against them while sitting up.

I have also used the Stratospire. It is likewise a great tent.


Just picked up one of these earlier in the summer and its outstanding. Meets your criteria. There's a version with a solid inner or mesh and it can be used without the inner. They had been selling out instantly since they came out but looks like there is a more steady supply now.

Whole package is under 40 oz.
 

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Just picked up one of these earlier in the summer and its outstanding. Meets your criteria. There's a version with a solid inner or mesh and it can be used without the inner. They had been selling out instantly since they came out but looks like there is a more steady supply now.

Whole package is under 40 oz.
Have you had this in rain? Wondering how material performs? Do you use the 1 man or 2? I'm looking for a new tent myself and haven't found many with experience with this tent. Any pros and cons you've experienced would be great! Thanks

I've used BA copper spur 1 man for the last 5 years and loved it- but it is time to retire it. I'm looking at the trekking pole tents and this one caught my eye.
 

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I have the original X-Mid, had it about 4ish years, probably used about 60-70 nights. It has held up great and been dumped on many times, no problems with leaks or anything.
 

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Have you had this in rain? Wondering how material performs? Do you use the 1 man or 2? I'm looking for a new tent myself and haven't found many with experience with this tent. Any pros and cons you've experienced would be great! Thanks

I've used BA copper spur 1 man for the last 5 years and loved it- but it is time to retire it. I'm looking at the trekking pole tents and this one caught my eye.
I have the 1 person and it’s great in the rain. The silpoly is better than silnylon imo. Absorbs less water and less sag.

There’s lots of discussion and some in depth reviews over at backpackinglight. Dan who designed it is a long-time member over there and the design definitely comes from someone with serious backcountry experience. It’s a great shelter.
 
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Update: I ended up finding a great price on a Nemo Dragonfly 3P tent (25% off, plus on a buy one item get another own for 50% off sale where I was able to get our oldest (19yo) a Gregory paragon 58L backpack for $107).

The tent arrived today, I set it up. Feels very good. Weight was well within what I considered acceptable (just over 4 pounds), 65" wide (my wife was not pleased with the prospect of a tent less than 60" wide so a 3P tent definitely became a requirement).

I will provide updates and thoughts on it when I've used it, next summer.
 

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Update: I ended up finding a great price on a Nemo Dragonfly 3P tent (25% off, plus on a buy one item get another own for 50% off sale where I was able to get our oldest (19yo) a Gregory paragon 58L backpack for $107).

The tent arrived today, I set it up. Feels very good. Weight was well within what I considered acceptable (just over 4 pounds), 65" wide (my wife was not pleased with the prospect of a tent less than 60" wide so a 3P tent definitely became a requirement).

I will provide updates and thoughts on it when I've used it, next summer.
That's a good weight for a 3 person free standing tent. Good purchase!
 
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