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120$ on amazon with good reviews....in for 1! Thanks OP!
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Judging by the pattern of reviews, looks like the pattern one sees of free products given an exchange for review, or purchases in exchange for a refund on a positive review. I would be very suspicious on this.
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not even close to UL, and has never been reviewed by any reputable backpacking site. anything can work if you "work" it and i imagine it might work for somebody, but if you are actually serious about backpacking then skip this.
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not even close to UL, and has never been reviewed by any reputable backpacking site. anything can work if you "work" it and i imagine it might work for somebody, but if you are actually serious about backpacking then skip this.
Thanks for the feedback. Any recommendations on affordable backpacking tents?
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Thanks for the feedback. Any recommendations on affordable backpacking tents?
Do you want quality or cheap? A good backpacking tent is light, durable and seldom cheap. It can be a good value, but lightweight and quality = expensive.
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has anyone found the weight of this?
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Thanks for the feedback. Any recommendations on affordable backpacking tents?
Weight, Comfort (space), Price
Pick 2, then we can probably give you some recommendations.

Just to kick off the topic, REI Passage 2 would be a great starter tent, at $110 with REI's return policy I can't see anyone going wrong with it.
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Do you want quality or cheap? A good backpacking tent is light, durable and seldom cheap. It can be a good value, but lightweight and quality = expensive.
Agreed. If I was trying to bridge that gap to get the best backpacking tent on a budget, I might look at REI's house brand tents (or even just peruse REI's site as part of researching tents). I've purchased a few of their tents over the years and they're still going strong---although I'll admit none of them are UL backpacking tents.

This thing looks cool, but a tent (like good boots) is not something I'd cut corners on for a backpacking trip.
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It copies msr pole design. Key thing for nice tents is aluminum poles and the weight and quality of fabric used. This might be okay. Hard to find those things out though.
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Thanks for the feedback. Any recommendations on affordable backpacking tents?
like said quality vs cheap... REI Co-op branded are inexpensive seem nice outdoorgearlab does plenty of reviews. i personally have a Nemo Hornet 2p that i got for i think around $240 with a coupon code from SD. It depends on what you need, small packed size, lightweight... both?? i wanted both, but you can sacrifice one or the other and drop the price a little. a 5lb vs 2.5lb tent isn't the end of the world really though, it depends on your total weight and your walking comfort. spend the saved money on a more comfortable backpack so that you are more comfortable carrying the extra 3-5lbs. what matters most is you have fun and dont go into debt doing it, but also remember that spending a little more now on something that might last a lifetime might be the better choice.
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I absolutely agree you get what you pay for. Given that though, for someone starting like myself who may not do this again, this seems OK. And seeing there are videos and seemingly legit reviews on the actual amazon page: Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent Lightweight for 3-Season Outdoor Camping, Hiking, and Biking - Includes Footprint, Waterproof, Packs Light and Compact https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0727Y4...9Eb84357GE

Given the quality of reviews, I don't think these are free for use/paid for reviews? Seems ok
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The pack weight of this thing is 6lbs. There is nothing UL (Ultra Light) about this. If you're looking for UL gear, this isn't the tent. There are very few UL 2P tents under $300.

If you are looking for a good UL tent that's free standing or partially free standing look at Big Agnes tents. They aren't going to be cheap but they will last a long time.

REI is having their 4th of July sale which I believe will get you 25% off BA tents.

If you are serious about getting UL gear then you're going to have to pay for it. Zpacks, Tarptent, Six Moon Designs, Hyperlight etc. are all respectable cottage brands that make amazing products.

Check out GearLabs reviews on UL shelters:

https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/to...light-tent
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has anyone found the weight of this?
https://jennythetrailhead.com/201...HL&ampcf=1

Sponsored review, but Jenny says 6lbs total, or possibly shaved down to 3.8lbs. Heavy for UL IMO.

IMO, with so much gear mothballed after one use, this would be a good starter tent to be sure you want to invest more.
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I think a lot of people here are getting hung up on the backpacking ultra light terms, and yeah the description says UL, which by standards this tent isn't... but most people that's going to buy this are either just starting out or just car camping, in which case this is a great deal for a 1 and a dog or 2 person tent, or a better starter tent than one of those el cheapo $10 crap tents that will probably 1-2 time use.
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