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I tried it for a while, didn't like it. They're cheap but nothing compared to an actual tent
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2 Halves, 9 stakes, and 6 pole sections= heavy and take up alt of space in your pack.
The are hot in warm weather, but pretty nice when it is cold.
They keep the rain out but dont touch the sides if it is raining-you will get wet if you do.

No floor, so make sure you have a good bivy sack for your sleeping bag.

One good feature is that in windy weather, they are less apt to take off on you than a lighter modern tent.

I hump one on my own on my hike/camp outs, but the extra weight is intentional. I like a little test with my fun.

bottom line, its your preference. If you want confort, go with something else. If you want to see how your grandpappy did it and feel hardy, go with the old school hooch.
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Damn, sounds like I would rather just take a tarp and a bivy than pack one of those things, lol.
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Tarps work real well and ponchos too. You can snap 4 ponchos together for a really huge tent if you want to do so. If you use tarps, always get them a little bit bigger than your tallest guy. If you have a 6 foot tall person, you want a tarp at least 8 feet long and about 8 feet wide. I've gotten used to using tarps about 10 or 12 feet by about 10 feet. The extra room lets you bring in some gear out of the weather too, like rifles.
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When we went to the sleep system with the goretex bivy, everybody turned in their shelter halves. I've done arctic with both systems ... imagine waking up in the morning with a frozen canvas 4x8 board, tearing down for rapid redeployment. Don't miss them at all.
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