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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-24-2018, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Tent Recommendations

I am hoping someone has some actual experience with some lightweight/backpacking tents for me.


I need a lightweight tent, preferably 3 man or even 4 man, if there is such a thing in a backpacking tent. Must be waterproof and sturdy in wind. This is for a DIY caribou hunt in Alaska. I really don't care about cost, but it must be a good, quality tent.


I have a 4 man Cabelas Alaska Wilderness Expedition tent, but it is just way too heavy for what I'm doing here. Thanks in advance for any info.


PS-I've been looking at the Cabelas Instinct Scout 3-man tent???
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-24-2018, 06:57 PM
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Wish I could help with a brand name, When I did my Dall sheep hunt we stayed in a backpack
tent for 13 days and stayed warm and dry the whole time.
Good luck finding a tent and on the hunt also.
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Thanks. On my grizzly hunt we had a Marmot and a Kelty tent. They did their job, but were a bit small for my liking which I guess is just part of those type tents. I can't for the life of me remember what models they were though. Just thought I'd ask for some real life experiences before I jumped on something.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 07:34 AM
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Look at what kifaru offers. I donít own one but they seem to be the most popular among western hunters.
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Be aware that 2 man or 3 man tent is very subjective. Some 2 man tents barely hold 1 with gear, 3 man holds 2 with gear. You nay want to consider 2 tents. I have not bought one for 20 years so I'm no help with brands

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If you get 2 tents, have a couple of shots of whisky.

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I would check out Kuiu and Nemo Equipment Tents. Yes, they are pricey but they are some of the best tents on the market. I know Nemo just introduced a new 4 season tent that is supposed to be top of the line, but I don't have any experience with it. I only have experience with their ultralight tents which probably wouldn't classify as 4 season or 3 season tents. I also agree wit the one comment. The capacity is always 1 person less than what they claim unless you keep all gear outside of the actual tent. Also, Kuiu has a new tent they released through a crowd funding project that incorporates a stove jack if you are looking for that.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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There are two of us going on the hunt. That's why I specified a 3 or 4 man tent in the original post. Two tents is really not an option for us. Weight is a big consideration. I need one good tent. Thanks all for the info so far. I will check some of these out.
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We do 1 man tents for sleeping purposes only. Then a tarp for gear. We string it up if able. In the tundra we find a gully and put it across. That's the best to me. Little wind cozy even if you can't stand up. I have slept comfortably with just the tarp on a tundra gully. Not real bear safe though but I felt safer under a tarp then a tent where I couldn't see them coming. Obviously that is completely in my head. It also works well in AK because lots of river banks there are way back from the water. Use the bank as your high point. Gives a nice place to hang out and change gear. Not a huge tarp a 10x12 is fine.

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Take a look at the Big Agnes tents. I have their big 8 person tent, so no real opinion on the smaller ones. But just going by quality of material and build, I am quite impressed with the tent. The Mountaineering series look to be what you're after.

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