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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 3:57 pm 
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Hey everyone,
I am embracing the solo hiking adventures this year for the first time. I have been looking at reviews for all the gear I need but seem to be having troubles picking a tent. I want a 2 person, light weight TENT with 2 doors, free standing, able to hold up in the rain since it is the PNW. I keep reading such mixed reviews, ive been looking at Kelty TN2 & Nemo Hornet 2p as well as MSR freelite 2 and a couple of different  Big Agnes tents. I don't need anything advanced or 4 season since I'm a beginner but any advice or suggestions would be so helpful. Thank you in advance

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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 5:03 pm 
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I have a 2person Big Agnes kind.  Think it's Fly Creek UL2.  It meets all your criteria except only has 1door.  I like mine a lot.
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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 5:46 pm 
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I have a BA copper Spur UL2 and have used it on several thru hikes. It is light but strong and we have used in in storms in the high Sierras and the northwest. It can be damaged if you are too rough on it but BA makes repairs free in warranty or a very reasonable price if out of warranty. They also make a single.

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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 6:43 pm 
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The Big Agnes Fly Creek and Copper Spur tents are both great if you want to save ounces.

Be careful with TarpTent; many people wind them not to be very waterproof. I have experienced misting when it rains hard.
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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 7:44 pm 
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Jeff wrote:
Be careful with TarpTent; many people wind them not to be very waterproof. I have experienced misting when it rains hard.

Most Tarptents don't meet the OP's requirements (freestanding), but I haven't heard of "many" people finding them non-waterproof.  Hard rain will knock condensation off any fly.  I've experienced that, but never had water come through either of my Tarptents.
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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 7:45 pm 
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I use a tarptent double rainbow. I've tried single person tents over the years and they are too cramped for me. I agree that it's a fair weather tent though.

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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 8:07 pm 
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FiveNines wrote:
I have a 2person Big Agnes kind.  Think it's Fly Creek UL2.  It meets all your criteria except only has 1door.  I like mine a lot.

Just check out some of FiveNines TR's if you have doubts about taking this recommendation seriously. I agree with him and have owned several Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 tents (but I keep giving them to my kids because they are made out of silnylon). Now I have a similar design made out of Cuben fiber (Big Sky). But, be careful of Big Sky. Unless they have changed the experience of purchasing anything from them can be a challenging experience.

As I have said here several times before...a two door tent is wide and can limit your set-up locations. But that is just a tic I have.
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PostWed Mar 28, 2018 8:25 pm 
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I have the MSR Hubba Hubba. I like it a lot. It fits the OPís criteria, except for possibly the weight of the tent.

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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 8:13 am 
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We're looking to get a Tarptent ProTrail. Our MLD cuben DuoMid XL works fine for me as a solo tent, but Honey wants a floor and lacks the knack to set up a 'mid. If we get a ProTrail, I'll use it on solo trips for the smaller footprint.

Re waterproofness: Tarptents canopies are high quality silnylon. I've experienced very slight misting in very hard driving rains with silnylon, but it's never been an issue, certainly not a deal killer. Nonetheless, I would like to see Tarptent models in cuben.

OP, why do you require freestanding?
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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 8:34 am 
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DIYSteve wrote:
I would like to see Tarptent models in cuben.

https://www.tarptent.com/notchli.html
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ah, cool
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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 11:25 am 
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Tarptent does have several freestanding models, or I wouldn't have recommended them.  Several of them are double-wall, too.

They do have larger tents than most, so it may be that a single-person tent from will work better for the OP, since it will have a larger area than, say, the Big Agnes one-person tents.

I've never had problems with a Tarptent's leaking, either--except the one time I missed about a half-inch when seam sealing--during daily cloudbursts I held a rag up to the gap, feeling like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike!  Of course that was my fault, not the tent's!  I had a tiny tube of silicone sealer in a repair kit, so once the weather dried out I was able to fix the problem.  No problems since, even though that was over ten years ago.  Since that experience, I've checked with a hose before every backpacking season.

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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 12:21 pm 
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DIYSteve wrote:
We're looking to get a Tarptent ProTrail. Our MLD cuben DuoMid XL works fine for me as a solo tent, but Honey wants a floor and lacks the knack to set up a 'mid. If The we get a ProTrail, I'll use it on solo trips for the smaller footprint.

The Tarptent Protrail looks very similar to the Squall 2 which was a collaboration between Henry Shires (Tarptent) and Glen Peski (Gossamer Gear) back in 2010.  That tent was constructed of Dacron sail cloth and is nearly bullet proof and doesn't stretch once pitched.  Great tent, I love mine.

I did see the new tarptent Notch Li, a Dyneema fiber tent which looks to be very similar to the Six Moon Designs Skyscape series but a bit smaller.  I have one of the (very few it seems) Skyscape X cuben fiber tents and swear by it.  It is my go to tent.

Looks as though there is a long lead time for the Lithium Notch (5 weeks) and it is currently out of stock.
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