Need advice on a spike tent.

tom338

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Looking for advice on what everyone uses for a spike tent. Edited: will be used during rifle season and bow season. So looking for something to handle anything.
 
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Ben Long

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Be sure to look at Seek Outside. I have their 12-man tipi and really like it. They have smaller, lighter versions as well.
 

Montana_308

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A lot of great options out there. Really depends on use. For early season I have been using a tarptent squall 2 for the past ten years and it has worked great. Lightweight and roomy for one person.
 

DirtyDan

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I'll second Seek Outside. Great company to deal with and all American made. Hard to beat a bt-2 and Borah bivy at 31 oz all in.
 

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Kifaru Sawtooth. Seek Outside Titanium Wood Stove. Helinox Cot Lite. Helinox Ground Chair. Total weight: 11.5 lbs. Subtract the cot and chair and you're around 7 lbs. I have lighter stuff for when I'm on the go or bivy'ing out, but makes for a pretty bomber solo spike camp shelter that you can spend some time in if you get hit with bad weather.
 

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I have a Seek Outside 6-man with carbon fiber pole that weighs a little less than 6 lbs. I have the SO titanium that weighs in at around 4 lbs. It is a great setup. If a couple of people are going, you can split the setup and it is really manageable in the pack.
 

Epfd217

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I've always preferred a tent to a tarp/bivy setup. Maybe i'm make the jump to a floorless shelter someday. I use an REI quarter dome UL for just me or a quartdome T3 is there is 2 of us. Works great and under 4 pounds either way. Bombproof shelter and its proved it several times. No heat, but thats what a sleeping bag is for.
 

Blueniner9

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For spiking out, I run a tarp tent... msr twin sisters to be exact. It pitches with trekking poles, so I often just have it in the bag for emergencies. There are lighter ones out there, but I got a great deal and I love the tent.
 

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I have used a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight for 2 people. Weighs about 3.5#. For me and gear, it works great.

Just bought a Big Agnes UL 2 I think that weighs in at 2.5# used from this site in great condition. I have set it up once on my deck and it looks to be a great, lighter weight replacement for my SD. I'm not sure that there is any viable way to go much lighter and still be in a tent!
 

RJH

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It is pricey, but at only 22 oz can't beat Zpacks Triplex cuban fiber tent - works well in the spring, summer and early fall - cant use a stove obviously but for my backcountry archery elk hunts - works great. They also make great custom sleeping bags. Be safe.
Ron
 

Tbob

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I use a BA Copper Spur UL 2 and love it. Plenty of room for one guy and all your gear. There's also 2 pretty good sized vestibules just in case you packed extra heavy. Super light weight and packs pretty small. I feel like I need a tent Vs a tart or tipi even, because where Im usually hunting the early season the bugs can ruin a hunt fast! It's nice to have a "safe place" and not get eaten alive. Also not a big fan of mice and raccoons having free room and board in a floorless. To each there own though man. Love all the choices we have these days though. Sure beats 20 years ago!
 

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Just bought the Kuiu UltraStar 1P.
I'll let you know what I think when I get it.

It arrived today. Obviously haven't taken it out and put it through a Beartooth thunderstorm wind yet, but the initial impression is very good. The guy out points are very nicely reinforced. The feather-lite feeling is unbelievable. I haven't put it on a scale or anything to see if their weight claims are true, but it is pretty crazy how light it is for something that is not just a lay-down bivy.
 

Tbob

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Good luck man. Looking forward to the review. I had an MSR Zoid 1 and it was bomb proof, but just a bit small to feel comfortable. For just a bit more weight the BA fits the bill. Curious to hear what you think about the space of a 1man after being out for a bit.
 

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I'd second all the floor less shelter ideas, I have an old mt Hardwear kiva that I love. I've been experimenting with a tarp and hammock as well and think its a very viable option. Very warm with a down quilt and underquilt, less than five lbs for what amounts to a cot, sleeping bag, tent, and huge vestibule. Bonus is you can put it up on steep side hill no problem.
 

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BA Copper Spur UL2 with the footprint. Use the full thing in colder times, use the footprint and fly when it's warm.
 
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