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Anyone ever used a Trekking pole tent?


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KEN tucky · · Pewee Valley · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 60

I wanted to know how well they work for weekend camping spring and fall? Any Pro's/Con's!? Favorite brand or model..

Jason Gilbert · · Lakewood · Joined Nov 2002 · Points: 320

I've got a BD Betamid at home and I like it a lot. It uses the 2 hiking poles and I bought the floor for it.

I've set it up in the backyard and I've carried it as a quick shelter on several trips, but I've never spent the night in it. It goes up nice and has prected me from some pretty bad rain and snow storms, it makes a great place to have a quick lunch. With the floor on it keeps out most of the wind out, but it takes a bit longer to set up.

Tradster · · Phoenix, AZ · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 0

We used the same tent last winter...we squeezed in four people. Rather than using the floor, we brought a large plastic tarp. It worked nicely. If you are near a tree, you can set it up by hanging it from a good sized limb.

andyedwards · · Jackson, WY · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 205

I had a MSR Twin Peaks, I really liked it, other than the lack of floor.
I heard a betamid floor worked for it, but I decided not to keep it.
It was really solid, very light.
Could be bad if there were lots of bugs out.

Jason Gilbert · · Lakewood · Joined Nov 2002 · Points: 320

I got the Betamid at a great discount price from REI
Then later they put the floor on sale.

So Yeah, mine were sold seperatly, but I think paid less than $100 for the whole package.

flynn · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 25

We have the BD 'Mid, too: regular fly plus the Bug Mid, for canoeing in Minnesota and Ontario. It worked great with the trekking poles during a soggy six-day excursion in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. We've never once gotten wet in the thing, even in some real frog-stranglers.

Mike Pharris · · Longmont, CO · Joined May 2007 · Points: 125

I've used an MSR Twin Peaks on several occasions, in all 4 seasons and consider it to be a very good shelter. You gotta pay attention to where you pitch it since the lack of a floor could be a problem if the weather turns, but overall it's a great lightweight option for shelter. My Twin Peaks has a door that zips shut...

Reed Fee · · White Salmon WA · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 155

I use my BD mega light(like a mega mid but lighter fabric) all the time.
Most recently spent and extremly rainy night in the Absorka/Beartooths with two other dudes and three dogs. Two of the dogs wouldnt hold still so they were banished to under a nearby tree.
Our site selection was limited so water started running under the ground cloth but considering the heavy rain and wet dogs we stayed pretty dry. This style of tent sets up with two poles that you lash together with included apperatus. I have also weathered four to six inches of wet snow at City of Rocks and the Grand Ronde river. You have to wack the snow off the sides every once in a while. These things are great if your not afraid of small critters that are active at night. More than once Ive had mice run across my face. I hang mosquito netting from the center and tuck it under a ground cloth when there are moderate bugs. When the bugs are bad carry a real tent or buy the mega bug for $180 and add another two plus lbs. Site selection is key!! They dont do very well in high wind and you cant set them up very easily on solid rock. At around 2 lbs you cannot beat the sqaure footage of shelter you get.

Graham Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

I've got a BD betamid, and I've used megamids/lights extensively. I love my betamid, no worries at all about it, and I've got a floor to use if the ground is damp. I use it all year 'round. Shitty if the insects are out though.

Great tents/designs. Nice for snow too, and can stand up to some pretty high winds if it's properly staked out.

Rob Kepley · · Westminster,CO · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,000

I also have an MSR Twinpeaks. It's a great shelter for going fast and light. I remember once it started raining and water begin to run inside. I had to quickly dig a trench to divert the water around it. Yes, you have to really pay close attention to where you to pitch it. Before setting it up I would look around and try to imagine where water would be flowing if a sudden deluge would occur.

It does a little practice setting up with trekking poles though.

Spider Savage · · Los Angeles, ID · Joined May 2007 · Points: 535

My 3-season tent is a cheap plastic tarp. I use cheap nylon line to set it up. I use the trekking poles as tent poles at night (if needed). I usually only need the poles above timberline. For bugs I carry a 3x6' piece of mosquito net.

Charles Danforth · · L'ville, CO · Joined Aug 2003 · Points: 170

Let's see, I've been using a tarp for decades, so yeah, I guess that counts.

Pros (of a tarp, not one of these betamids or whatever): versatile, light-weight, sleeps one or sleeps four just as easily depending how you set it up.

Cons: no bug protection, requires actual mental activity to set up (can't just roll into camp at midnight and pitch the thing), don't knock over the poles during your 3am nature call, sleeping directly on the ground, so things get dirty and wet.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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