My first backpacking tent! Vargo stove, fatwood, and hiking

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My first backpacking tent! Vargo stove, fatwood, and hiking

Post by Junglas » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:56 pm

I usually car camp and bring really heavy gear with me, but this summer I decided to venture deeper into the woods and try to see what lies beyond the road. At 5 lbs this tent isn't considered "ultra light" by any means. Next time I'm going to leave the tent pegs and tent footprint at home to save space.

In the video, we backpacked to a place in Southern California called Little Jimmy Campground. The only water came from a natural spring! We found fatwood, the Sikly BigBoy made sawing firewood really easy. I also tested out a Vargo Titanium stove with mixed results.

What I really like about this tent is that it's relatively light, waterproof to a high rating, and lots of ventilation. The rain fly goes all the way down and helps keep the wind out, big plus for me since I get cold easy. Only negative for me is that there's only one door so it's hard not to disturb your tent mate.

For me, it's the perfect size for my me and my girlfriend. I like keeping my gear inside the tent and leave our boots in the vestibule right outside the front door.

If anybody is interested here's the video review:

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Re: My first backpacking tent! Vargo stove, fatwood, and hi

Post by ashwednesday » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:03 pm

Tent won't set up stable in wind or shed water properly without tent stakes.

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Re: My first backpacking tent! Vargo stove, fatwood, and hi

Post by majorhavoc » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:05 pm

Excellent review, Junglas. People might knock that 5 lb weight, but it is a 3 person (read: 2 plus gear) tent after all. That and those impressive waterproofing specs definitely account a lot of that extra poundage.

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Re: My first backpacking tent! Vargo stove, fatwood, and hi

Post by Junglas » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:49 pm

majorhavoc wrote:Excellent review, Junglas. People might knock that 5 lb weight, but it is a 3 person (read: 2 plus gear) tent after all. That and those impressive waterproofing specs definitely account a lot of that extra poundage.
Thanks so much for the comment! @majorhavoc You're right brother, it's not too bad in terms of weight. If I really want to go ultralight, I should try hammock camping.
ashwednesday wrote:Tent won't set up stable in wind or shed water properly without tent stakes.

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@ashwednesday you're 100% right, I would make wooden tent stakes in the woods.

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