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post #6 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 06:30 PM
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I switched to a tarp tent double rainbow, and will never look back. Screw carrying a 5lb packed up tent around the back country. Granted you have to be willing to do things like free-standing using hiking poles instead of actual poles, and seam sealing yourself.

Couple other lightweight options:

Big Agnes and Nemo are probably the best "traditional" manufacturers at cutting weight.

Golite depending on what you're willing to live without (also awesome annual fire sale. someday I'm going to snag one of their shelters for winter camping).

Six Moons Design is another home store like tarp tent.

Granted, you do have to pay a lot more for these things. I got my wife into camping by snagging a Mountain Hardware Hammerhead 3 for crazy cheap off of Steepandcheap and then sizing down as she got more familiar with what she actually needed vs what she wanted/thought she needed.
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