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PostTue Nov 07, 2023 4:19 pm 
Of course this is the season for sales, but Tarptent is having a pretty good sale on right now. Rumi

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PostWed Nov 08, 2023 2:19 am 
Wow, just checked out their site, they have an amazing selection of tents! Some just a bit over $200, not bad at all.

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PostWed Nov 08, 2023 9:16 am 
Thanks for the heads up! I took advantage and bought a new Rainbow to replace my 17-year-old first-generation Rainbow.

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PostWed Nov 08, 2023 2:59 pm 
Any thoughts on the carbon vs aluminum center pole for the tarptents? Is carbon durable and reliable? The price isn't much different for a 3.3oz savings.

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PostWed Nov 08, 2023 7:46 pm 
I have a single person Rainbow that I bought over 20 years ago for just over $100, maybe $120 or so. It's very lightweight and quick to set up, freestanding, and I still use it. Three-season of course, but I've used it in a moderate fall of dry powder and it held up well. The current single Rainbow is almost identical to the original, and is reasonable at the $215 sale price. ($120 in 2000 adjusted for inflation is $214 today, so really no inflation.) I'm seriously considering grabbing another while this lasts. Tarptent makes outstanding products, except for the ridiculous prices of more elaborate (and heavy) models.

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PostThu Nov 09, 2023 7:29 am 
JPH wrote:
Any thoughts on the carbon vs aluminum center pole for the tarptents? Is carbon durable and reliable? The price isn't much different for a 3.3oz savings.
I have both as the center arch pole for the Double Rainbow and I have not noticed any issues with either. I will note that some people in the FB Tarptent group have had issues with the carbon poles where they fit into the end pieces claiming it is not smooth, thus a place that chafes and/or catches when inserted into the sleeve. Rumi

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PostThu Nov 09, 2023 10:07 am 
Thanks! I went with the carbon pole on the rainbow 2 DW as my old 2 person backpacking tent crapped out this year. I'm willing to take the small weight penalty on the DW to get "stargazing mode" as sleeping without the rainfly is my favorite way to go when backpacking!

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PostThu Nov 09, 2023 2:11 pm 
Jumble Jowls wrote:
I'm seriously considering grabbing another while this lasts. Tarptent makes outstanding products, except for the ridiculous prices of more elaborate (and heavy) models.
Then there is the TT Moment, over $500, not sure why it doesn't look like anything special. Which versions of their tents use trekking poles? After realizing how much they help with keeping pack weight off my back, it just makes sense to have a tent that uses them to pitch.

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PostMon Nov 13, 2023 10:13 am 
Tent came quick and I haven't opened it yet, but it is impressively light in the bag!

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