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ALPS Mountaineering Koda 3 Tent (3-person, 3-season) $85 + Free Shipping

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Backcountry [backcountry.com] has the ALPS Mountaineering Koda 3 Tent (3-person, 3-season) on sale for $84.99 + Free Shipping.
  • Features:
    • Freestanding 2 pole tent for backpacking trips spring through fall
    • Pole clips easily snap into place for quick assembly in the dark
    • Half mesh walls allow for optimal ventilation on warm summer nights
    • Full-coverage fly provides protection in fall and spring showers
    • Factory sealed seams on the fly and floor keep moisture at bay
    • Vestibules allow you to conveniently store your gear out of storms
    • Mesh storage pockets and gear loft accommodate smaller necessities
    • Easy-to-use large #8 zippers hold up to multiple seasons of use
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7 lb. 3 oz. Back packing tent
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7 lb. 3 oz. Back packing tent
Generally speaking, a tent should weigh approximately 2.5 pounds per person. Remember that when backpacking with multiple people, you can split the weight by dividing the tent, rain fly, and poles.
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Same price from amazon
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7 lb. 3 oz. Back packing tent
True, but $85. You kind of get what you pay for. We have a similar one, I like it for shorter trips.
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I picked up the 4-person version a little while back and it's held up well so far, weathering some rain without issue. Easy to set up and tear down and it appears to be decently well-constructed.

I'd suggest picking up a footprint/floor saver (Alps has a few models that share the same dimensions: Lynx 3 and Meramac 3 footprints will also work) or a tarp to help preserve the bottom and keep it dry.
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I recently got the Koda 4 directly from alps for $99. Not sure how much the 3 was. I can't seem to pull them up on alps website now. They are a bit on big/heavy side but I've had good experiences with alps tents in past. Also, it seems the Koda tents are the same as the lynx??
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I picked up the 4-person version a little while back and it's held up well so far, weathering some rain without issue. Easy to set up and tear down and it appears to be decently well-constructed.

I'd suggest picking up a footprint/floor saver (Alps has a few models that share the same dimensions: Lynx 3 and Meramac 3 footprints will also work) or a tarp to help preserve the bottom and keep it dry.
The wife and I also picked up the 4 person version and use it for car camping. We picked up the footprint as well since weight doesn't mean anything with car camping. It's a great tent. The zippers are smooth. The inside pockets are nice including the hammock style pocket at the top. Its well ventilated and stays rather cool with everything opened up. All together a solid buy, especially at this price. I'd say a four person for two people car camping is big unless you have the setup we have. You can easily get away with two people comfortably car camping in this.

There isn't a chance in hell I'd bring it backpacking. There are better choices for slightly more.

edit: The 4 person I have is actually the Lynx but they look very similar.
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No longer is the winter of our discount tent.
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7 lb. 3 oz. Back packing tent
Substitute "car camping" with the words "back packing" for a more accurate description. 🤷 ♂️
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Bought it twice from Amazon for around 65$. Good little tent that has some weight to it. It is not a backpacking tent by any means but good for carrying in cars for occasional camping trips. Kids have them open as of today in their room and sleeping in it at night for some excitement in their life.
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Unless you want it as a car camping tent (and I'd just suggest buying a big ol Coleman at that point), don't bother. Too heavy as a backpacking tent (7 pounds!) unless you're really going to cram 3 people into it and can split it up.

Alps "Mountaineering" is a weird company. I bought some of their stuff when I started getting outdoors and quickly realized that it's not light enough for anything more than car camping, but often more expensive than stuff that is actually designed for car camping in comfort. They're a weird middle ground where it LOOKS like good backpacking equipment but it isn't, and therefore isn't generally a good buy for anything.

If you want to go car camping just buy a Coleman. It'll be bigger, more comfy, and probably cheaper too.

If you want to go backpacking on the cheap, go get an REI Passage. Right now they're $95-130 depending on how many people you want, and pounds lighter than the Alps.
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Unless you want it as a car camping tent (and I'd just suggest buying a big ol Coleman at that point), don't bother. Too heavy as a backpacking tent (7 pounds!) unless you're really going to cram 3 people into it and can split it up.

Alps "Mountaineering" is a weird company. I bought some of their stuff when I started getting outdoors and quickly realized that it's not light enough for anything more than car camping, but often more expensive than stuff that is actually designed for car camping in comfort. They're a weird middle ground where it LOOKS like good backpacking equipment but it isn't, and therefore isn't generally a good buy for anything.

If you want to go car camping just buy a Coleman. It'll be bigger, more comfy, and probably cheaper too.

If you want to go backpacking on the cheap, go get an REI Passage. Right now they're $95-130 depending on how many people you want, and pounds lighter than the Alps.
I love REI as much as the next guy, maybe not as much after their warranty changes, but the Passage 3 is smaller, and the difference is less than a lb, comparing trail weights of both tents.

You could put the money saved toward better stakes if you want to save weight, and included ones always suck.
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Fair point, though I'd rather trust REI's warranty even today.

I guess I could sum this up as "this is an okay deal if you are specifically looking to backpack with 3 people, on the cheap, and everyone will stay in the same tent"

You go by yourself, it's REAL heavy. With 2 people it's pretty heavy compared to similar priced 2p tents. With 3 it's on the heavy side but a good value. For car camping, it's a little cramped compared to a Coleman.
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need a first tent for short hiking and camping trips. Is this good? Do I need better rain protection? Would use it for 2 people.
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