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Shelters The Shelters forum is for the discussion of backpacking shelters (tents, tarps, poncho-tarps, bivy sacks,...).


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Old 05-05-2015, 12:07 AM
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How important is floor space?

I've never used a small, ultra-light type shelter. I'm currently looking for my first decent backpacking tent in the $200 range and am a little apprehensive about floor space compared to my current cheaper tent. The current has ~30 square feet of floor space versus closer to 20 for many of the lighter tents in my price range. Maybe that's enough room and I just need to try it and I'll see... Do you all find square footage in the lower 20s to be enough, or are many of you using tents with more ro NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:58 PM
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low floor space can be very tough in a compact shelter.

most shelters will avoid ver NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:55 AM
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You didn't say if it was just for you always, or if you would have a companion sharing the space som NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:01 AM
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Well, there is no accounting for the variety of personal opinions, so in the end it will be up to yo NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:35 PM
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I've got a Tarptent Sublite that is 20 SF. My grandson and I have slept in it together many times bu NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the replies! I probably would have given a smaller tent a try thinking that that must wor NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:51 AM
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Just wanted to say thanks again! I ended up going with a North Face Mica FL 2 found on clearance. It NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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