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Old 05-06-2011   #11
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The worst thing about some tents is that the fly does not come all the way to the ground, so when the W picks up if you are on a beach you get sand blasted even inside your tent. Anyone have a good tent option for standing up to high winds and blowing sand?
I was thinking a 4 season tent cause they have the closed walls to prevent sand and bomber poll designs, but the price tag and lack of ventalation are an issue.

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Old 05-06-2011   #12
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I had the 'pleasure' of living in a canvas tent for 4 months Saudi Arabia back during my military days. They're heavy as hell and kinda stink. If there's no need to pack it up- and move often, go for it, they seem pretty durable.
Don't know about spingbars, look like the same deal.
You can always just buy a tarp and string it up in between some trees for cooking/misc. shelter.

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Old 05-06-2011   #13
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for three summers on the Ark i lived in a Wal-Mart (Ozark Trail?) tent that I rigged with extra tarps and lots of support lines. I was in a Pinon/Juniper woodland, so had lots of things to tie-off to, and the thing was ultra bomber and dry, plus cost me around $100 for three summers of living. Once I got a good woman (NOT a dirtball) we decked it out with an inflatable queen size air mattress. my tarpology skills are strong though, so if you don't how to rig a good tarp shelter this may not be for you.

that being said, i set it up in early June and took it down in mid august...if I had to take it down and put it up regularly i may go with something like this:
Big Agnes Big House 6 Tent at
we have it now for family boating and it's amazing.
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Old 05-06-2011   #14
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Please don't cook in your tent in grizzly country.
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Old 05-06-2011   #15
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Old 05-06-2011   #17
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If you're in the market for a really nice canvas wall tent you should consider Montana Canvas. Montana Canvas : Dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality camping equipment and accessories

Definitely not cheap, but would be a solid option that you could likely re-sell as they have a great reputation.
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Old 05-06-2011   #18
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You don't have to go all fancy. I lived in a cheap 2-man Kelty for 7 months in northern and central California from April to December. The tent help up well enough and the waterproofing help up despite being in direct sun for a fair portion of those 7 months.
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Old 05-07-2011   #19
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Recreation outlet is across from Kirkham's They always have good tents. Can't hurt to look there and save some money. I spent a summer in Montana in a tent. Best summer of my life.

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