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Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« on: December 31, 2018, 12:56:39 PM »
Planning a hunt in Idaho, early September archery. Will have a Basecamp at the truck, and bivvy/backpack hunt 2-3 days at a time. I'm torn between a 1P tent, mainly the idea of having a floor, or just getting an ultralight tarp and setting up with trekking poles, branches, etc. I have a 2P Cabela's Dash Duo tent that I love, but at 5 lbs, I don't love it THAT much. I'd like to go as light as possible. At 5'6 and 145 lbs, I'd rather not haul a 40+ pound pack around. Anyone have suggestions on what to look at?

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 02:00:46 PM »
Wanting to have a floor is going to up the weight by 1lb+


Extra space in a spike camp is nice for gear - have you thought about where you're going to stash your bow while you sleep?
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Check out steepandcheap.com for some great deals on tents/gear

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 02:49:53 PM »
Never thought about mice! Guess I better find a place to hang it haha. I will check that site out. Also been thinking about a diy teepee style tarp. We'll see how ambitious I am in the coming months.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 03:10:42 PM »
I made this tarp/tent from some scrap Tyvek and 3M tape. Weighs about 1lb.


https://youtu.be/Hl-CM6SYJJY




I tumbled the tyvek in the dryer so it not all crinkly and loud.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 03:18:33 PM »
I also did this gear modification to my tent fly for a larger footprint


https://youtu.be/0Bac1RNQhM0




There's lots of options to do what you need/want to fit your needs

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 04:43:00 PM »
That modification might be just what I need. I'll have to look at my tent and see if it will work like that.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018, 05:06:22 PM »
I saw someone made an X with straps (sewn in center) and put eye grommets on the ends for the poles to go into. He also added the male buckle to it so the fly could snap into it. It worked with his tent. I have the Kelty Salida 2P and plan to make one for it.
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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2019, 10:20:13 AM »
Jimmy tarp or a zpack tent


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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2019, 01:09:14 PM »
I really like the idea of the modified fly design.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2019, 01:14:51 PM »
Watch some of the "What's in My Pack" videos on you tube. The different people talk about what they carry for when/what they are hunting. Might be some good info there for you.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2019, 03:27:23 PM »
Lightheart gear solong 6 tent, or just their single person one.

I'm 6'3" and use the solong on hunts, and have a Duo for the wife and I on backpack trips. Huge front vestibule and a decent one on the rear. Weighs in at around 27oz. Zpacks cuben fiber tent is a bit lighter, but I love my lightheart gear tents. They are seriously amazing.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2019, 08:43:19 PM »
I made this tarp/tent from some scrap Tyvek and 3M tape. Weighs about 1lb.


https://youtu.be/Hl-CM6SYJJY




I tumbled the tyvek in the dryer so it not all crinkly and loud.
That's pretty legit, have you tested it

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2019, 08:18:05 AM »
With a tarp, one risks the potential of flooding your tent by rainstorms and soaking your gear. This is not perfectly avoided by a floor, however mitigated. If your gear is such that it dries quickly and risking getting wet isnt a big deal, then a tarp may save weight and satisfy minimalist desires.

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2019, 09:16:05 PM »
Do the tarps have less condensation?

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Re: Backpack hunting tent/tarp?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2019, 04:43:25 PM »
I'm in the exact boat as you. I decided to ditch the tent this upcoming season and floorless.


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