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Old 08-05-2008   #1
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new gear on the cheap?

Im familiar with campmore, sierra trading post, REI closet sale , but looking for other options for a new tent. I have had a sierra design comet # season/3 person since 2000, and its time for it to be put-down.

Im looking for w mutha hubba MSR, and the cheapest I found was 369.00 Vs. 399.00 full retail, any thoughts?

I have other tents for ultra light stuff, but this will be a river/car camping tent.

I havn't looked at paha que in a while, and may look into them as well. other suggestions appreciated


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Old 08-05-2008   #2
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Got the Comet as well... about same vintage. Just had to re-bungie the poles, but otherwise it's still hanging in there. Mutha Hubba looks pretty slick and lighter than the Comet. Two doors too!

$319 at Pro Lite... MSR Mutha Hubba Tent

$339 at Moon Trail with free shipping... MSR Mutha Hubba (free ground shipping) :: 3-season tents :: Shelters :: Moontrail
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Old 08-05-2008   #3
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I got a big agnes this spring (parkview 3) and love it. Tons of mesh for when you want to see the stars, but be in a tent. Nice and roomy also. Weird pole system, but it works just fine. It's also nice the mesh doesn't go all the way down to the ground, so you do have a tiny bit of visual privacy if you are camped near others. It has a poled vestibule, which is absolutely necessary, in my book. Also has 2 doors. Not as tall as the Mutha (looked at that also) but lighter. But, not tall enough to stand up in.

Too bad Walrus is gone. We have a car camping tent that looks exactly like a backpacking dome (from far away you couldn't tell it wasn't), except it is HUGE. Tall enough to stand in, poled vestibule, very nice.
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sites to watch (one deal at a time till it's gone)

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Every now and then you might come across at a tent at a good price on either of the two sites.
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Old 08-05-2008   #5
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Also has some good deals on tents now and again.
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Old 08-05-2008   #6
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Eastern Mountain Sports runs really good sales from time to time. Like 20% off right now on all climbing ropes. Outdoor Gear, Clothing & Footwear at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
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Old 08-05-2008   #7
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If you sign up for notifications from the retailers, they send out random 'on-line coupons.' I know,, and do it.

Also, if you aren't signed up for REI's GearMail, you get a 15% coupon for signing up. That would make it $340 vs. $399.

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Old 08-05-2008   #8
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Good cheap tents

When I was writing gear reviews I tested tents from all the major US firms and quite a few European makers (VauDe, Hilleberg). A mountaineering tent has to stand up to extremes of wind, cold, and snow, and condensation that you seldom encounter on a river trip. Plus you have to carry it on your back.

On river trips, you camp in sand pretty often: hard on fabrics, pole joints, and zippers— the trick ultralight stuff wears out fast. Since your boat carries the tent, it doesn't have to be light— just rugged.

So my favorite river tents are relatively cheap and simple. For the Grand Canyon (sleeping alone) I took a Eureka Zephyr XT, a solo wedge or X tent with a peak-vented fly and big opposite openings for super ventilation even zipped up for bug pro. Five-minute pitch. As I recall, the Camp-Mor price was about $125. After six years and many trips, it's holding up well.

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A few years ago, Eureka sent me a Zeus 4EXO to test. It's a single-wall design of coated (not breathable) fabric with excellent venting options, ample room for mate & dog, and a big vestibule for gear stacks or foul-weather cookery. About 9 lbs., less than ten minutes to pitch. Nice not to have to piss about with a separate fly. The pole setup is stout— it's stood up to a couple black squalls when you couldn't see for blowing sand and cottonwood limbs were snapping and raining down. Don't know the price, but estimate about $225.

Not sure what the current models are, but expect you could get a nice river tent for $250 or less.

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Tent $319.00 or ebay buy it now $279.00
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Old 08-06-2008   #10
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You may not want to do this for your upcoming Grand trip but an alternate approach would be to catch the end of season sale at Sports Authority or some other mega store that actually stands behind the cheap Chinese tents they sell under their logo. I got 5 years of use out of about 6 SA tents for a total of $20 (granted it WAS in 2003 dollars so it wasn't as great a deal as it sounds these days) - usually the zippers would go first. Caught a Mt. Edge on SteepandCheap just before Christmas but still have the most recent Gart/SA tent as a backup.

Y'all let me know if you need any tent stakes...
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