- Sep 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm #1320895Ernie FuentesBPL Member
Keeping with the recent spotlighting of pretty decent backpack available on Ebay, I saw this tent on ebay and wanted to know if anyone had any experience with it.
Has a Tarp Tent look to it. In the pursuit to find affordable lightweight options for my Boyscouts, I may take a chance with it unless anyone here advises me not to.
What do you think Guys and Gals? Anybody know anything about this…
Ernie the EyeballSep 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm #2135246Sep 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm #2135262Sep 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #2135270toddBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: SE USA
I saw this recently and thought it was cool until I saw the 7 foot length. With that length and low foot end, you have to be tiny to fit.Sep 15, 2014 at 12:09 am #2135301Sep 15, 2014 at 6:23 am #2135309Lori PBPL Member
@lori999Locale: Central Valley
It's a $30 tent in every sense of "cheap." It's a heavy 3 lb impossible-to-pitch-taut monstrosity that leaks in light rain. That vestibule is a mess.
the Ebay listing is more expensive than if you walked into Big 5…Sep 15, 2014 at 6:29 am #2135311Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
You're not planning on making those scouts camp in Florida are you? Blech.Sep 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm #2135602Barry PBPL Member
@barrypLocale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Notice some of the reviews:
“weak tent. ripped on first 10 day outing. but great seller fast shipping”.
I think the SMD Scout tents are stronger, less weight, but just for a little more money.
“Not really a 2 person tent but all well.” Maybe good for one scout.
But most noted “Fast shipping!! Great packing too. Wonderful price” which means there’s not many decent reviews.
One scout may go through 3 of these tents in one season. So it seems much cheaper to spend a little more up front for less headache and lower cost in the end.
-Have fun with those scouts :)Sep 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm #2135606Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: Colorado Plateau
Scouts have been using the Eureka Timberline series for years.
NOT the lightest tents, but relatively inexpensive ($150 for a two person tent), split up is about a reasonably 3 lbs ea for the two person model , reasonably weather resistant and (perhaps the most important) able to take a beating from your typical 12-15 year old boy. :)
Would I backpack with one of these today? Heck no.
But, I'd like to think I take better care of things more so than my 12 year old self. :)
These tents will last a while more so than the $50 tent you found on e-bay. Decent enough for below treeline winter camping, too. In other words, for a scout troop these tents are cost effective in the long run.
If you want light and inexpensive, go with a tarp. Good way to practice those boy scout knots, too!
Just my .05 worth.Sep 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm #2135608IanBPL Member
I saw one on the Wonderland Trail the day after it rained buckets (which I fortunately missed). I didn't ask the guy how it held up but he seemed fine.
I have one and I fit in it fine with one of my kids. I'm 6'3".
I've yet to use it in a rainstorm.
I think it's about 2.5 lbs if I use my trekking pole instead of the included tent pole.Sep 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm #2135609Edward JursekBPL Member
@nedjursekgmail-comLocale: Pacific Northwest
+1 on using tarps instead. They will learn more and get closer to nature. For bugs, get each Scout a head net.
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