Starting to look around at tents and want to buy a better quality one than the ones i had growing up(cheap Walmart specials). I haven't bought a tent in like 15 yrs so I have no clue what's good and what's not. Fyi this will be for a family of 4(1&4yr olds) and used for basic family camping, nothing extreme or very far from the truck, or at least rarely. While I doubt we intentionally head out in stormy weather I'd like something that can handle your typical thunderstorms with ease--no caving in, leaking everywhere, flapping everywhere, etc. I'd rather go overkill for what we need and have it last a good long time than cheap out and regret it.
That said, any suggestions? How are the canvas tents, ie the Kodiak from cabelas? Is canvas too hot for warm weather camping? I like the durability and ease of repair aspects of them, and weight shouldn't be a big issue for us. How about the geodesic domes like the Alaskan? Never been in that style, how is the room? How about a small wall tent--are they too difficult to put up?
Sorry for all the questions--there's just so danged many options out there!
^ no personal experience with the Springbar other than I have heard very good things. This comparison of points through Kodiak's eyes FWIW...
Also I forgot to mention the two very nice attachable internal organizers that come standard with the Kodiak: One is a large fine mesh gear loft and the 2nd is a multi-pocketed vertical organizer, also made from fine mesh material, designed to hang along any of the walls. Both are well designed, sturdily constructed and very useful: Very nice touch!
We just got a big Agnes jack rabbit SL3 from steepandcheap and like it so far. You might want the 4 person for the extra space. You can divid the weight and bulk between the three of you (poles + tent + fly).Any advice on a good 3 person backpacking tent?
Looking for something to go camping in the mountains with my two older daughters: 13 and 10.
The Oztent looks interesting. If I didn't have Springbar I might consider it, except packed, the length is 6.5' long.