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Old 07-18-2018, 06:31 PM
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I would like a very light tent to sleep my dad and I. We are both 5'8'' but we both have broad shoulders. I've been looking at the Kelty Salida 2 ($104) which is just over 4lbs and the River Products Trekking Pole tent ($49) which is around 3lbs. I'm afraid the Salida 2 is two narrow. It would be nice to have room in the tent or a nice vestibule for gear. Neither of these can fit gear inside but the Salida has a small vestibule.
Can your recommend a better tent for 2 people for under $130? I would like to keep it 5 lbs or less.
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I use a Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo for two man campingthat I picked up on sale. It's around 2lbs. So far so good.
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No, you don't need a 2 persons tent for 2 adults. You need a 3 person tent for 2 adults . As you mention gear storage is an issue, and if you're both a bit broader in the shoulders, some 2 person tents have trouble fitting 2 wider sleeping pads, let alone 2 broader people.

Also, you just want too much: price, weight/bulk, quality. Choose 2. (Though if you're just going to use it for a fair weather camping trip, it should be fine, just don't expect long use out of it if you're not paying more or using heavier materials.)
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I know. I should have said 3 person tent. I didn't know if there were any 2 person tents that were in fact big enough for 2.
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You can have more usable space if your heads are at opposite ends.

A heavy duty contractor trash sack weighs almost nothing is cheap and will last weeks on the trail - will store your gear outside the tent
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Another one I found is the Naturehike Cloud Up 3 person tent. $125
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I know. I should have said 3 person tent. I didn't know if there were any 2 person tents that were in fact big enough for 2.
IC_Rafe is correct. If you want room for two in a two-person tent, look for a three-person or there are some 2+ sized tents. My wife and I use a Tarptent Startospire, which is essentially a larger-sized 2-person (2+) tent with plenty of vestibule area for packs, leaving even more room inside (for cold weather trips with bigger sleeping pads).

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Big Agnes has a number of light weight 3 person tents.
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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3...best there is for the money.

REI has some good ones too.

Cheap. Light. Durable. Pick 2
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Thanks for the responses. Can't do REI even though they have nice stuff. I'm not a big boycott person but their extreme anti-2A position turned me off.
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Thanks for the responses. Can't do REI even though they have nice stuff. I'm not a big boycott person but their extreme anti-2A position turned me off.
Understood, however REI has never been a sporting goods store like Cabelas and Bass Pro. They are backpacking, camping and cycling-centric so are less on my radar than Deeks (sp!) or Walmart were who cater to hunters, sports shooters and their ilk.
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The reason they hit my radar was because they boycotted any company that refused to sever ties with the NRA. Vista Outdoors is a huge company that makes outdoor products under a number of names. REI refused to do business with them unless they severed ties with anything NRA.
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