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:
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?
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!!