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Re: new gear

Post by Allen » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:56 am

I wouldn't buy an Ozark Trail from Walmart.
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If You have the bandwidth to watch youtube videos, most of the more popular tents
are reviewed there. You can often see the tent being pitched or in use.

One more note. If I needed a Car Camping tent, instead of a back packing tent,
I would get a canvas tent from these guys:

http://www.pantherprimitives.com/

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Re: new gear

Post by irrationalsolutions » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:48 am

speaking of the one from walmart a buddy is trying to give me one for $10. i'm thinking about it just to have something to use with my dog for the time being.

what do ya'll think of tents by eureka?
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Re: new gear

Post by zelph » Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:32 am

Allen wrote:I prefer to use a tarp pitched in this fashion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkBeZqXU4zk

But if I were to buy a tent, it would be this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_N-KKYH5Xw

I've noticed that tents designed for the UK market
usually have a porch like that. It saves You the
weight of half of the floor too.

Cheers!
I use a tarp and I like how the guy sets his up in the link, thanks for that Allen. ;)

Great porch on the tent in the link, great idea.
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Re: new gear

Post by Allen » Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:03 pm

irrationalsolutions wrote:speaking of the one from walmart a buddy is trying to give me one for $10. i'm thinking about it just to have something to use with my dog for the time being.

what do ya'll think of tents by eureka?
Any tent's got to be worth 10.00. You might like it.

I've seen some Eureka Tents but never used one.

Here's A few Eureka videos to watch:

The 1210 should be big enough for You guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mcBJHlnbsU

Here's a Spitfire video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAm6BdTcFfI

Freedom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVJTXcyfvHQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3i497Mzcqo

This Bivy would be too small:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xjsxcls9uk

This Eureka has a Euro style porch :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTgh067Q_Zg

One was used on this 1,000 mile IAT thru hike:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSaIXMNRkUA

If You buy an Eureka and don't like it,
You can turn it into a kite :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_SQakDduMQ

Cheers!

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Re: new gear

Post by Ridgerunner » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:40 pm

eureka makes descent tents. Good quality. maybe not the lightest but they last ! I picked up a Eureka Timberline at a yard sale for almost nothing this past summer. It is a good tent and I may have a pic of it somewhere on here.
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Re: new gear

Post by irrationalsolutions » Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:58 pm

i saw the this should be large enough tent. its way too big and way too heavy. the dog is less than 20lbs and im only 5'7" 180lbs right now b/c i have been sitting around after the surgery and the wife is 110lbs soaking wet. i bivy really is good enough for me and the dog but a two person tent would work for the three of us. i sleep in a mummy bag and the dog sleeps on it. but she is the best alarm clock in the woods. as soon as the sun comes up she wakes me up to go out. i looked in depth at the coleman tents but they are ( i think) too heavy for what you get. and the only place around here that has there tents set up to look at are pushing family tents, 4 person or larger.
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Re: new gear

Post by irrationalsolutions » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:55 am

allen,
i did like the idea of the Vaude Hogan XT. it is interesting and i can see where it would come in handy. the more i think about it the more i like it so thank you for bringing it to my attention. it is definatly on my list.
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Re: new gear

Post by Pure Mahem » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:54 am

Here's some food for thought. It was mentioned to not get an ozark trail tent from walmart. I can respect that.

I myself do own one of these. It's a 10' x 10' Dome tent, I've had it for probably about 5-6 years now and I paid about $30 for it. The only thing I do to i is seam seal it every year before using it and brush the dirt and junk off of it before I roll it up and put it back in its tote bag after every use.

I don't use it for all of my camping as I enjoy hammock camping in my Treklight double and using my JRB 11' x 10' Silnylon Tarp. But, whenever my wife goes I use that tent as she doesn't care for the hammock deal and every time my wife goes our dog goes too. Our dog is a rather hyper pitbull/boxer lab mix.

I have to say my experience of the Ozark Trail tent is that it has held up quite well. I like that it was inexpensive, easy to set up, and I haven't had to repair it in any way as of yet. Also, I'm a rather large guy and there is more than enough room for me, the wife and the dog. I'm in no way telling you that this is the greatest tent on earth. But, if my dog tears a hole in it I'm not going to get pissed that I have a hole in a tent that i spent a lot of money on. And I probably wouldn't even bother to fix it if he did I'ld just go buy a new one! Another thing is my 5-6 years is probably rather conservative now that I think about it! It's probably closer to 10 or 11 years, lol!

I can't account for the current construction of Ozark Trail Tents but they do look the same except the one that compares to mine is now a 9' x 9', people must be gettting smaller! Just thought I'ld share an informed decision is a wise one! Alot of it depends on how you plan to use it. If it's for the ocasional weekend like I use mine I'ld go for it. if you plan on hiking the AT or PT with it I would probably go with something more durable!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: new gear

Post by irrationalsolutions » Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:02 am

thats a good bit of information thanks. and the price is good its used but in good condition, well thats another tent to really think about.
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Re: new gear

Post by Allen » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:53 am

The good thing about buying ANYTHING from Walmart is, they will return Your money No questions asked.

Not to dis anyones tent, after all I carry a tarp,but Oxark Trail tents are reputed for having cheap zippers,
poor quality control, leaky seams, and in some models, rain flys that are too small to keep out rain.
I'm just saying I wouldn't buy one.
Well, I would buy that used one for 10.00. The poles are worth 10.00 ;)

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