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Promoted 07-21-2013 by yuugotserved at 08:56 PM View Original Post
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VM Innovations has Coleman Exponent Helios X2 4-Season Tent for $105.25 - $5.26 with promo code JULVM5 = $99.99 + free shipping. Thanks DJ3xclusive
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Edited July 16, 2013 at 02:26 PM by widgit
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  • 4-season tent designed for extreme conditions; tested on Mt. Everest
  • Floor size of 87 by 52 inches; sleeps 2
  • 70-denier nylon fly with silicone and PU coatings increase wind, weather, and snow-shedding performance
  • Air Hercules FC Scandium Poles are made for solid strength and flexibility
  • Two big D-shaped doors front and back, and two large vestibules; each vestibule 8 square feet
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Last Edited by GuySakar July 18, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Just a heads up. Two things:

1) This is a 4 season tent. 4 season more means harsh winter season, and is more accurately 1 season.

I have used my 4 season tents in the summer, but this is not a summer camping tent. 4 season tents are designed to retain heat. If you plan on doing mostly summer camping, I would recommend against 4 season tents.


In theory they say you can use the tent fly and foot print on 4 season tents, for use in the summer. But now you are exposed to snakes, bugs, etc... Why even have a tent?


2) Tent flies are typically made form two materials: Polyester and Nylon. This tent's fly is nylon.

Nylon is a little lighter but has one of, if not the, absolute worst UV resistant properties. In other words, sun damage occurs on nylon faster than other fabrics.

Polyester, while a little heavier, has the absolute best UV resistant properties of any fabric being sold today.

Several years ago, tent manufacturers (even The North Face) began using more and more nylon because weight had become one of the most critical factors for consumers.

However, in the last couple of years, most tent manufacturers regained their sanity and have been back to using polyester on their normal tent lines and are saving the nylon for the ultra low weight backpacking tents.

The good news is the floor has a PU rating of 5,000. A good floor is paramount in expedition tents.

PU = how high can they pile water up on the material before it starts leaking/bleeding.

This is an important number because this type of material generally only leaks (under normal conditions) when it is touching something on the opposite side where the water is.

You can reach up and touch your fly, which isn't leaking at all, and water will eventually begin seeping through where you are touching it. Some poorly designed tents are made where parts of the fly touch other parts of the tent in such a way they leak water into the tent.

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If I did not already own a four season tent I would be tempted to buy this. Sent information to a friend. Thanks.
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Seems like a real killer price. I remember looking at this thing for $250. Recently it
s been in the $140-150 range. But for a legit 4 season tent that has very good reviews, seems terrific. Not light enough for hard core trekking most likely. But for moderate hikes, if you like to be comfortable like me (i.e. hate bivy sacks and tarp shelters), it's a reasonable trade off. I bought one.
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#7
I just bought one as well, thanks.

One fairly detailed REI revew [rei.com].
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Looks good, If I needed one I'd be all over this.
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#9
A legit 4 season shelter for $100? Great price. If I lived near the mountains on the west coast I'd probably be all over this...
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My only issue with a 4-season tent is that it implies camping in the winter (SNOW). Ugh. More power to the rest of you. I've done it a few times and it bites. Literally.

Ps. Otherwise, this looks to be an extremely good deal. I won't be buying one.
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Pack weight is 7 lbs. 10 oz. (3.46 kg)
Trail weight is 6 lbs. 8 oz. (2.95 kg)

pretty heavy, even for a 4 season- this might make an okay winter car camping tent though, assuming it's well made (though i'm not sure)
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Quote from pso View Post :
Pack weight is 7 lbs. 10 oz. (3.46 kg)
Trail weight is 6 lbs. 8 oz. (2.95 kg)

pretty heavy, even for a 4 season- this might make an okay winter car camping tent though, assuming it's well made (though i'm not sure)

its that heavy considering but I would be a fan of breaking it up with other hikers myself. Of course I carry 70 liter pack with ease :-)
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Quote from pso View Post :
Pack weight is 7 lbs. 10 oz. (3.46 kg)
Trail weight is 6 lbs. 8 oz. (2.95 kg)

pretty heavy, even for a 4 season- this might make an okay winter car camping tent though, assuming it's well made (though i'm not sure)
Eh, 8lbs about what I would expect for a 4-season/double-wall/two-person mountaineering tent with large vestibules. And at this price, kinda hard to knock it for the weight given the intended use.
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Quote from pso View Post :
Pack weight is 7 lbs. 10 oz. (3.46 kg)
Trail weight is 6 lbs. 8 oz. (2.95 kg)

pretty heavy, even for a 4 season- this might make an okay winter car camping tent though, assuming it's well made (though i'm not sure)

It does seem too heavy for backpacking, and if you're car camping, why would you bring a tent this small?
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#15
Thanks, I just bought one!!!........... My Current Stansport Tent is at the end of it's life cycle!!!
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