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Old 08-18-2012, 01:32 AM
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Any experience with Chinook tents? I'm looking at the Cyclone 3

I'm about to buy my first nicer(to me at least) tent. Unfortunately price is a definite factor for me. Does anyone have any experience with Chinook tents, or the Cyclone 3 in particular? It seems to be priced well compared to other aluminum pole 4 season tents that claim to be of good quality, but I don't want to spend my money on it if it's priced lower because it's noticeably inferior.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:44 PM
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it looks small, measurements say on the long side is 5' 8". How tall are you and what is your budget? $150 ish? does it need ot be a 3 persons
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:40 PM
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Not sure why the diagram makes it look like the short side is the long side. It says it's 8'2" on the long side. 5'8" on the short side. It doesn't Need to be a 3 person, but I'm going to be using it for car camping with my girlfriend too and decided to get something with a little more space as a compromise between my backpacking trips and a bit more roomy comfort for car camping with her. I'm hoping ~7lbs isn't too much to be backpacking with. I'm ~5'8" and my budget is $200 max. I've found this one for $175 shipped for the aluminum pole version.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:30 AM
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My first reaction was "Holy crap, it weighs 10 lbs!" Then I saw you're going to use it for car camping. Based on that, I think it's a fine tent. For car camping, I'm all for going in comfort. Cots, big tent, 2-burner stove, the works.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:26 PM
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Well, the aluminum pole version is 7lbs. And I do plan to use it for backpacking too. I realize it's a bit heavy, but as I said, it's a compromise between backpacking by myself and car camping with my girlfriend.

Thanks for the input, though. Good to know it's not a total piece of crap. Hopefully I'll be able to afford a better, smaller backpacking specific tent for just myself before next fall.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:46 PM
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Just for anyone else looking in the future, I thought I'd post about the tent. It's packed weight is actually a little over 8lbs judging by me weighing myself and then weighing myself with the tent on multiple separate occasions. It always comes to a little over 8lbs. Also, the tent seems really taught where the poles go through the clips. You have to pull in on the tent at each spot as you zip and unzip the tent. It also ripped at one of the pole mounting points the first time I took it out camping because it was so tight that I couldn't get the pole to the mounting point without pulling pretty hard. Clearly something isn't right with that situation. I wish I knew if it was something with My tent or the Cyclone 3 in general. It does seem like it would take quite the beating in a storm and be ok. It kept us perfectly dry when we camped for a week and had a couple light showers. Judging from looking at the tent construction and rain fly, I'm guessing you would stay dry in heavier rains too, but again, just a guess. I do really like the rain fly/vestibule set-up. The aluminum poles that it comes with keep the tent quite sturdy. I don't know if my tent and how tight it seems to be is a fluke or if they're all made like that. I'm awaiting reply as to whether Chinook is going to take the tent back due to the rip. I'll update here once that gets sorted out and whether I had to push the issue or not.
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