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Title: Tents?
Post by: DTP on April 19, 2019, 09:54:23 AM
What tents do you all use or recommend?

I'm considering picking up a Kodiak Canvas for this season.
I've been looking at some other tents, but I want something I can stand up in.

This will be stricktly a base camp tent.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: montanaelk31 on April 19, 2019, 10:27:11 AM
 I spent three days in a Kodiak canvas base camp tent this year  Had a tiny little woodstove in there. Very comfortable for two guys. Three guys might be a little crowded unless you have bunk bed cotsI think a titanium backpacking stove would bemore than enough for heat. My buddy  had a canvas guy put in our stove Jack. Worked great set up in 10 minutes. Without the wood stove 3 guys and a buddy heater would be perfect, but we were camping in 10 below. He also had the awning and vestibule which I would recommend.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: DTP on April 19, 2019, 11:20:05 AM
I spent three days in a Kodiak canvas base camp tent this year  Had a tiny little woodstove in there. Very comfortable for two guys. Three guys might be a little crowded unless you have bunk bed cotsI think a titanium backpacking stove would bemore than enough for heat. My buddy  had a canvas guy put in our stove Jack. Worked great set up in 10 minutes. Without the wood stove 3 guys and a buddy heater would be perfect, but we were camping in 10 below. He also had the awning and vestibule which I would recommend.

Thank you so much for that feedback!
I'm going solo this year, so I was hoping the 10x14 would be more than enough room for me in a small cot and my gear.

I really like the idea of a woodstove now. I wonder what your buddy paid to have the stove jack put in. I cant imagine it being too expensive. That would be perfect for some of the cooler or later season hunts!

Thanks again!  I am pretty set on getting one.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cohunter14 on April 19, 2019, 11:40:59 AM
I know you are going solo this year, but if it were me and I was going to spend that kind of money, I'd buy once and cry once and get a wall tent. That thing will last you forever and isn't that much more money than the Kodiak. We literally have a Davis 14x16 that is almost 30 years old and is still working perfect. Just throwing it out there...

Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: ChuckBC on April 19, 2019, 11:51:39 AM
I just purchased and tested this GearTop tent on a 1 night solo. see photos.It was everything I expected at a great price from Amazon. There are 2 types of Geartop solo tents. This one is the 1 piece trekking pole tent at a price you will not beat anywhere. Only 2 pounds with more room than most 1 man tents and a nice large vestibule.  :train:
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: jstephens61 on April 19, 2019, 03:38:06 PM
Iíve got an Alaskan Guide 6 person that I use as a base. Iím 6í and can stand up in it. Use a Mr Buddy to heat it when needed. Itís the perfect size for 2-3 guys and gear.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: rfra on April 19, 2019, 03:51:33 PM
I've had a Cabela's Alaskan Guide 6-man for over 10 yeas and it's been bomb proof.  We've used it for family car camping, elk base camps, fishing camps, etc and it's still going strong.  One of the better outdoor gear purchases that have outlasted my expectations.  Room to stand to dress but not really stand to hang out/do stuff.


For backpacking I've been running an REI Passage 2 for about 4 years.  It's not ultralight at 5 pounds true weight, but does a good job balancing weight/performance/price.  Works fine to sleep 2 people with room to 2 packs/rifles/etc under the vestibules.  It's a great value for $150.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cnelk on April 19, 2019, 07:15:00 PM
Dan


I have two 10x12 wall tents and love them
Just right for two guys and all gear for a week plus


Im set up to heat with wood or propane, depending on the hunt


Rolled up, they weigh about 30lbs each


I also made an internal frame and have used trees, again depending on my hunt
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cnelk on April 19, 2019, 07:17:30 PM
The above is a Davis tent. I had it custom made, with shorter walls and ridge height. It heats much better
Plus, Im not that tall



My other tent has standard 4' walls and a higher ridge
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Rdub on April 19, 2019, 07:47:19 PM
I also use a 10x12 Davis tent that has never let me down. Been in minus 20 with no complaints. They stand behind their work.

Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: DTP on April 19, 2019, 08:17:34 PM
I know in my original post I said I was pretty set on getting a kodiak, but you guys certainly have me checking out some different tents!


Thanks for the recommendations!  :upthumb:
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cnelk on April 19, 2019, 08:38:28 PM
Get a piece of 'astro turf' for the floor, roll it out and its like home.


I made my own wood stove too
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: nclonghunter on April 20, 2019, 08:07:00 AM
We have made a raised bed in a 6x8 enclosed trailer and hung a curtain on the end for two week elk hunt. Made the bed high enough to slide totes under it. Put a tarp over the front to have a shade and cook area. If you are hauling your gear in an enclosed trailer it is a good option and can be locked when you leave camp.


The Davis Tents are the ultimate in base camp, but for one man I would believe they are difficult to put up. Two men it is much easier. Some of the big tent owners may help out here. I consider these more of a late season cold weather tent.


We have also used the Spring Bar Cabin Tent for a couple years but the last couple years we have used a Kodiak Cabin Tent with front porch. I really like the Kodiak with a cot and pad with a buddy heater that has a fan built into it. The Buddy Heater can be hooked to a 20# tank. We only burn the heater just before bed and when we get up. During Colorado archery you may not need a heater but it is nice.


I purchased a Trek Cabin Tent a couple years ago and have not used it yet. It is also a great tent and easy to set up. For one man set up this style of tent is the easiest way to go.


All the mentioned tents you can stand up in and put two XL cots comfortably. I am 6'2" and plenty of head space. I would recommend the Kodiak Cabin tent for what you want. If going in late season with snow and possible extreme cold temps then the Davis Tents with wood stove. Also, the cabin tents come with floors built in.


Funny thing we learned by getting up to pee in the night was when we did not have a heater on, then it seemed colder inside the tent than outside. We started keeping a couple windows open/unzipped  to keep airflow. It is the condensation inside the tent that makes it colder. Is also nice to look out at the stars.




Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: montanaelk31 on April 20, 2019, 08:19:41 AM
I know in my original post I said I was pretty set on getting a kodiak, but you guys certainly have me checking out some different tents!


Thanks for the recommendations!  :upthumb:


Ten minute one man is the best advantage over a wall tent. Cost my buddy $40 to get that stove jack in there.  So convienent for a hunter who constantly stays on the move!
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cnelk on April 20, 2019, 11:01:34 AM
With some practice and logistics, setting up a wall is super easy for one guy.


1- stake down the four corners


2- slide ridge pole thru the center of tent


3- lift one end and install the upright or X poles


4- do same on other end


5- tie out guy ropes.


6- install wall poles


Seriously, I can set up my 10x12 in less than 10mins by myself.
But get your tent setup system down and remember it.



Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cnelk on April 20, 2019, 11:07:42 AM
With 2 guys, it even goes faster


https://youtu.be/R2jrCw_bl_I




:)
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cohunter14 on April 21, 2019, 07:47:25 AM
Iíve got both wall tent pole setups (traditional and internal frame) and either can be setup solo fairly easily. The internal frame is easier, but it also requires more poles and longer poles, so advantages and disadvantages to both.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: colorado russ on April 23, 2019, 12:34:39 PM
Another vote for Davis tents Dan!  Had a 10x12 and was fine for 2 people, gear and a stove.  Big enough for an oversize cot on one side, folding table at the end then stove in opposite corner.


Like Brad's, I had mine customized with zippered doors on both ends but no windows.  Stove jack is already there.  I bought one of their sponsor wood stoves with attached water reservoir and it was handy.  Would heat up water to boiling then had a side spigot.


Guess you found somewhere to hunt that you can't take the camper for the luxury base camp you're accustomed to?
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: publichunter1 on April 25, 2019, 10:52:02 AM
Iíve stayed in several wall tents and have recently gotten the kodiak tent as well. The Davis wall tents are great and they are hard to beat when it comes to an extended stay somewhere. However for multi use purposes ( hunts and in my case family camping) I am loving the kodiak. It has lots of room, holds up great in the wind and weather, easy to heat with a buddy heater, quick and easy setup, and takes up less room in the truck.

I donít think you can go wrong either way. Youíre going to spend an extra $1000 on wall tent but is probably going to last longer.


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Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cohunter14 on April 25, 2019, 11:00:28 AM
I donít think you can go wrong either way. Youíre going to spend an extra $1000 on wall tent but is probably going to last longer.

Depending on what size you get and what options, you shouldn't end up spending a whole lot more on a wall tent than a Kodiak. Definitely not $1,000. Heck, a solid 10x12 setup with poles from Davis Tent is about $700 total.
Title: Tents?
Post by: publichunter1 on April 25, 2019, 11:05:23 AM
I donít think you can go wrong either way. Youíre going to spend an extra $1000 on wall tent but is probably going to last longer.

Depending on what size you get and what options, you shouldn't end up spending a whole lot more on a wall tent than a Kodiak. Definitely not $1,000. Heck, a solid 10x12 setup with poles from Davis Tent is about $700 total.

Sorry I shouldíve thrown that in there. I used active junky and another discount and got my kodiak 10x14 for around $450 in the end. I was looking at the elk hunter package offer Davis offers. Itís around $1600-$1800 and is I think a 14x16 with a decent number of options.


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Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: publichunter1 on April 25, 2019, 11:16:40 AM
Going back and looking at their site Davis actually has a 12x14 on sale for April for around $1000.  I donít think that includes a floor or poles but thatís still a really good deal.


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Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cohunter14 on April 25, 2019, 12:00:00 PM
Yeah, the more expensive options include stoves and other items as well. The 12x14 on sale is either $748 or $898 depending on if you treat it for fire or not. That price includes the internal frame angle kit, but not the poles. I believe they recommend buying the EMT and cutting it yourself, which saves quite a bit of money over them doing it. Probably add in $25 for the rear door (or $52 for a rear screen), a few bucks for a tarp to use as a floor, and you are all set. I'd personally consider paying for the eaves as well ($30) to do an awning, which is really nice to have.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Boom on June 04, 2019, 08:35:45 PM
I use a 6-man tent I bought from REI. I think itís their brand. It was on sale. Solo, it is a palace. I can put a cot in it, I can stand up. It bags up to a package the size of my torso. Shall by comparison. And light by comparison. My tiny truck is stuffed full enough without one of the big jobbers.   Itís huge for one person. I can put a night stand in there.


I did a solo week in AZ with it and was never uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Bowhunter65 on June 05, 2019, 08:20:18 AM
I just bought two of these wall tents and they a super reasonable on their pricing. I will be buying third soon.

good luck Terry

http://www.elkmountaintents.com/
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: DTP on June 09, 2019, 06:20:46 PM
I went with the 10x14 kodiak canvas.
I ordered an XL cabelas cot, a camp chef stove with griddle, some LED string lights (battery powered), got some astroturf and carpet, and i'll get a few more doodads before the hunt starts!
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Rdub on June 09, 2019, 08:12:31 PM
You will not regret the wall tent at all. Your grand kids will thank you when they inherit it. :clap:
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: cohunter14 on June 09, 2019, 08:51:23 PM
I went with the 10x14 kodiak canvas.
I ordered an XL cabelas cot, a camp chef stove with griddle, some LED string lights (battery powered), got some astroturf and carpet, and i'll get a few more doodads before the hunt starts!


You will love the XL cot. If you want to feel really spoiled, get the cot pad. Itís like sleeping in a bed  ;-)
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: HiZ on June 14, 2019, 12:29:24 PM
I am too looking at ideas and options for this.
I have found the winterial 3 person to be fair with cost and with review for packing. What are you recommending for a base fabric on these tents that pack in with minimal or no floor to them?
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: DTP on July 27, 2019, 11:27:45 AM
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Today I was able to do a test run on my new tent set up as well as my cot/pad.

All I can say is this is going to be a very comfortable and cozy set up. 
My daughter definitely approves. :)


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Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: nclonghunter on July 28, 2019, 08:05:49 AM
Just to mention the cots, I have used the XL cot with pad for several years. It is very comfortable and well made. My buddy has one also and we put out plastic totes under the cot in the tent. Good way to keep your stuff until you need it. Having said that I have also realized the XL cot is a lot more cot than what I need. It takes up a lot of room in the smaller cabin style tents. I purchased a narrower military sized cot and pad and find it just as comfortable. Solo camping the XL is great but with a couple guys in the tent those big cots can use a lot of space. Try a narrower one and see if it works for you.
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Bowhunter1 on July 29, 2019, 08:06:51 AM
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Today I was able to do a test run on my new tent set up as well as my cot/pad.

All I can say is this is going to be a very comfortable and cozy set up. 
My daughter definitely approves. :)


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You didn't want the challenge of setting it up for the first time at O dark 30 on the mountain?  :haha:
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Bowhunter1 on July 29, 2019, 08:07:58 AM
It looks like a nice setup Dan. :upthumb:
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: iHunt on July 29, 2019, 12:15:20 PM
Has anyone tried a CVT or Roof top tent?
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: DTP on July 29, 2019, 05:16:58 PM
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Today I was able to do a test run on my new tent set up as well as my cot/pad.

All I can say is this is going to be a very comfortable and cozy set up. 
My daughter definitely approves. :)


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You didn't want the challenge of setting it up for the first time at O dark 30 on the mountain?  :haha:


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I almost wish I did because it was 97 degrees out and humid when I did it!
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: montanaelk31 on August 28, 2019, 08:59:53 AM
Looks awesome, how long did it take you?  Also I see on youtube where you can sew in your own tent stove jack.  I might give that a try...
Title: Re: Tents?
Post by: Elk Noob on August 28, 2019, 09:41:11 AM
Has anyone tried a CVT or Roof top tent?


I personally don't like the roof top tents. They're extremely expensive for what they are.

If you have a truck you can likely find a slide in camper for the same price or a similar price and it will do a much better job. If you have an SUV build a platform for the trunk and sleep inside, it'll be warmer and cheaper in the long run.