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[ft-l] Tent Opinion

I use a North Face Canyonlands. Its a mesh tent with fly and weighs only 3
lbs 8 oz, has a floor and is big enough for me and my gear. At about $150
its a very good tent and a good buy. I used it for the entire AT in 2002 and
so far 200 miles of the FT. I plan to finish the FT starting in Mid March
and my Canyonlands will be there. Also its one pole configuration makes for
a quick set up.

Bamboo Bob
----- Original Message -----
From: "L. Parker" <lparker@cacaphony.net>
To: "'Deb'" <dblick@cfl.rr.com>; "'Florida Trail Mailing List'"
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 7:28 PM
Subject: RE: [ft-l] Tent Opinion

> Like many other people who have responded, I can offer little advice on
> Clip. As others have also done, I can make some suggestions about tents
> appropriate for the FT and those that aren't.
> The climate here presents some unique challenges for tent designers.
> Humidity is probably the largest factor followed by bugs. Some would put
> order the other way around, but they probably share my extreme dislike of
> the little beasts.
> In order to meet the first challenge, it is important that the tent offer
> much ventilation as possible while still sheltering its occupants from
> rain that frequently is wind driven nearly horizontally. Although single
> wall tents will keep out the rain they also hold all the humidity in and
> Florida they are particularly prone to condensation and mildew. Most two
> layer tents also suffer from the same fault because they still can't
> exchange enough air to keep condensation from accumulating rapidly.
> A single wall tent will be much lighter, but you will trade some of the
> weight savings to get one that has an adequate mesh area for ventilation.
> There are not many single wall tents that have adequate ventilation for
> FT. Most single wall tents are NOT designed for tropical locales.
> The best design for a good two wall tent is an inner wall that is
> nothing but mesh with an outer wall that is basically a waterproof fly. On
> hot muggy nights with no likelihood of rain, the tent can be erected
> the fly for maximum ventilation. There are lots of tents available that
> these criteria.
> I have used a TNF Slickrock for many years and have found it to be barely
> adequate, despite huge areas of mesh. In fact, if there is anybody in the
> tent besides myself, the doors must be left partially open, permitting
> insects to enter.
> MSR's Bug Hut 2 looks like a good candidate if you also purchase the
> optional fly. GoLite has a cave and Nest combination that also looks
> attractive. Both the MSR and the GoLite products are reasonably priced,
> the combinations each add up to over three pounds. The Arapahoe mentioned
> an earlier post looks like it might be a good choice too, but I have not
> the opportunity to try one.
> Good Luck
> Lee I Joe
> Once I knew where I was going, but now I have  forgotten.  Sometimes my
> wanders.  Sometimes it goes alone, and other times it takes me
> isn't one of those times...
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