A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

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A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by BigSal » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:34 pm

So I had the kids this weekend and decided to take them out to McCroskey State Park for some car camping and R&R. Because I rarely go car-camping I thought it would be a great time to test out my VERY HEAVY (Approx. 9lb!) USMC Diamond Brand Combat Tent.
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The Combat tent was originally built by two manufacturers (Eureka and Diamond). Both tents are nearly identical. You can do a search for the Eureka brand and find positive reviews all day long on Google, but as of yet there have been only a handful of reviews on the Diamond Brand. The general consensus is that The Eureka is a better build, indeed the tent fetches about $25-$75 more on eBay. Well, having seen both (and owned one) I am here to tell you that the consensus is wrong. The Diamond Brand has just as much awesomeness as its Eureka-ian brother.
I purchased my Combat Tent on eBay for $99. They can occasionally be had for as low as $75, but thats a rare find. Prices tent to be in the $75-$125 range.
Here is a picture of the tent, poles, fly and repair kit inside its camo-carry case. My case was in used/repaired condition, but the rest of the tent was in used/excellent shape with no repairs or rips so to speak of.

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Here are some pics of the stakes and repair kit and their tan carry bags.

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Notice the instructions sewn onto the top of the bag. This was so the Marines could figure out the complex dome tent configuration...

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Here is are some pictures of the tent sans the FLY system (from several angles)

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Here is a picture of the Tent with FLY system (from several angles).

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Notice the heavy duty connection straps that connect the fly to the tent.

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Check out the vestibule area:

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The tent worked well for the car-camp-orama, but its far to heavy to bring on a lightweight hike (at least for me, because I am a weakling). It kept cool and dry despite heavy dew the following morning. The sunset in McCtoskey State Park was unique at capturing the majesty and kickassery of the combat tent.
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All in all, considering the military paid $500+ for these, $99 is a steal. It comfortably will hold one adult and two children or two adults with gear in the vestibule area and gear loft (I will update with pictures of the gear loft at a later date).
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by Jaddra » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:31 pm

Excellent review ... I was considering getting one myself, so I spend some time browsing all the comments i could find on the net. I am wondering if your rain fly is the reversible (1 woodland/1 sand) and how do you find the space inside the tent. How are you going to rate the:
a) build 0-10
b) inside 0-10
c) outside 0-10
d) overall 0-10

Thank you again for the detailed review and I like the pictures :)
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Post by nyiangelo » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:46 pm

Yeah for that price it is a steal. It was used?? That would be my only worry in trying to pick one up.
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat

Post by BigSal » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:55 pm

Thanks guys for the great comments!

Jaddra:>
a: 9
b: 8 (interior could have been bigger if a wider "X" was used in the framing)
c: 10 (The Fly does reverse to a Tan/Sand color)
d: 9

Nyiangelo:>There are a glut of the diamond and Eureka brand used for sale due to recent government surplus auctions (where they are purchased in lots of 100 or so for around 20-60 each). Mine was used, and its difficult to find new diamond brand units for some reason. The Eureka brand Combat Tents Sell for about $225 in New In Box condition on eBay. This is still a steal considering they were purchased by Uncle Sam for over $500.

My advice, is contact the seller and ask questions before bidding on a used unit. That way you are assured to get an awesome unit.
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Post by Squirrley » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:03 pm

Any idea how it does in high wind? Are there guy line tie-outs?
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by BigSal » Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:55 pm

Squirrley wrote:Any idea how it does in high wind? Are there guy line tie-outs?
Yup, the rainfly features high wind guy-out points for staking down the tent. The place we stayed at is relatively windy, being on a high ridgeline.

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Post by Squirrley » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:03 pm

Awesome. Wanna loan me a hundred bucks or so, and a sherpa? :D :lol:
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by USMCSergeant » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:09 pm

The only wind that moved our USMC tents was the exhaust from a harrier jet. We were tumbling down the side of a runway, getting hit with all our gear. Good times, good times.
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by BigSal » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:19 am

Squirrley wrote:Awesome. Wanna loan me a hundred bucks or so, and a sherpa? :D :lol:
USMCSergeant wrote:The only wind that moved our USMC tents was the exhaust from a harrier jet. We were tumbling down the side of a runway, getting hit with all our gear. Good times, good times.

Its funny you guys brought that up because this Sherpa carries two Harriers in his pack:
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Post by Arch » Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:19 pm

BigSal wrote: Image
That ^^^ looks a lot like my INCH Kit :!:
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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by EricinVirginia » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:26 am

Wow, a tent with a muted/camo cover. Awesome! It's a bit frustrating how many good tents there are out there designed to scream, "LOOK AT MY AWESOME TENT!"

I think I found the guy on ebay you bought your tent from BigSal. Decided to pick one up for my frame pack.

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Re: A Diamond (Brand) In the Rough:A Review o/t USMC Combat Tent

Post by BigSal » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:37 pm

EricinMaryland wrote:Wow, a tent with a muted/camo cover. Awesome! It's a bit frustrating how many good tents there are out there designed to scream, "LOOK AT MY AWESOME TENT!"

I think I found the guy on ebay you bought your tent from BigSal. Decided to pick one up for my frame pack.
Nice dude! Post pics when you get it!

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