Hello all,

 My name is Adam. We are working on developing our Scouting Group here in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

 Since we live in such a great area for backpacking, we will have a focus on getting the kids into the backcountry.

 For experimental purposes, I have been taking my son and one or two of his friends on backcountry camping trips to get a better idea of the gear that will be needed, food ideas, etc.  Plus we really love getting outdoors.

 The first thing I realized was we were going to need lighter tents. The kids can only carry a certain amount of weight (under 25 lbs) before it becomes too much....which left me trying to divide small tents up, using hammocks,  and making makeshift tarp-tents.

 None of the above worked quite well for everything. I came up with a set of criteria:

  • Needs to be lightweight
  • Needs to be able to sleep two comfortably
  • Needs to be able to split evenly between two kids
  • Should have mesh (we get different sets of bugs at different times of the year)
  • Should have a rain-fly

 After some google-ing, comparing reviews, picking through different options, I came up with this:

coupled with this:


Those two items fit the bill perfectly, and pack down mighty small!  I even contacted the owner of the company and asked for a discount rate. He responded with this promo-code: FB15     which will give a 15% discount. He said I was free to share that with BPSA at large.

I did order one so far, and field tested it ( two boys sharing it ). They both stayed dry and had plenty of room. We used our hiking sticks as the poles.

It was a little more work getting it set up than a regular tent is. Also, the bag the mesh-tent came in was difficult to re-stuff, and ripped straight-away. I will get a better bag that is slightly larger.
Another thing: it did not come with a footprint, and I think it needs one. MSR has a very similar product, that has a footprint sold separately, so I am going to purchase on of those from Amazon and see if it works.

So that is my review. Does anyone else have suggestions for lightweight camping tents?

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Thanks for the post.

I know you mentioned hammocks already, but that is the best that I found.  Hammock, drape bug cloth over it, and have a light weight rain fly over that.  The only problem I have found with that, and it gets a bit humid here near the Gulf, is that during some parts of the year the dew is just so heavy you will get wet if exposed at all.

We have a few hammocks (ENO Doublenest) as the kids LOVE them; however, one hammock with all the accoutrements for sleeping (netting and rain-fly) is well over $200, for each kid!!

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