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Just days ago, I was poised to drop a few hundred dollars on eBay. I needed only to submit my bid and beam it up to the cyber auction. The Kelty Typhoon II tent (10 lb, 11 oz) promised to be all of the "bombproof" four-season shelter that reviewers across the 'net claimed it would be. The behemoth was outfitted with two massive vestibules, two doors, multiple gear stashes - and a matching footprint! It was reported to be capable of withstanding more than twenty inches of snow and driving winds. A slumbering camper might even get a bit too toasty inside the Typhoon II.

Wouldn't the backcountry be marvelous?!

But I paused too long.

Minutes passed, and the auction ended. Like many times before, I was left wondering why I cannot commit to the purchase of new gear.


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