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 Post subject: Re: Who rolls a tent?
PostPosted: August 14th, 2018, 11:24 am 
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I do both, depends on the situation. If I am just stuffing the tent (assuming I am not Hanging, which is always my first choice and then this topic becomes N/A) I will put the poles in the side pocket and strap them tight, then stuff the tent in stuff sack. If time or weather is not an issue, I will roll it. But I must admit, I am becoming more of a stuffer when tenting, it just saves time and effort, especially if you have tent that gives you a factory stuffed bag and no extra room, like they think we can all pack it up as tight as the assembly line.

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 Post subject: Re: Who rolls a tent?
PostPosted: September 14th, 2018, 7:58 pm 
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Had some second thoughts about this subject. I think maybe that stuffing creates sharper and more creases, esp when I stuff it down small. When I was packing up this Wed I asked myself why I was putting it in a small dia tent bag anyway. I use a 110L Eureka dry bag so I just threw the tent and fly into the bottom of the bag and put the other stuff on top of it. Seems to work well---fewer creases because of the bigger bag and I'm prob not pressing on the creases quite so hard. Comments?

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 Post subject: Re: Who rolls a tent?
PostPosted: December 16th, 2018, 9:52 pm 
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My packing routine involves both rolling and stuffing.

I use a MEC Wanderer 2 with a fitted footprint (yes, I'm an "outie"), to pack I first take off the fly and give it a few good shakes and snaps in the air to remove most of any rain or dew.

I stuff the fly into the tent bag, and then pick up the tent body with it and the footprint still attached to the poles and the door open and facing down, and shake it to jettison any duff that has found its way inside.

I dismantle the poles, drop the tent body onto the footprint, arrange it as neat and flat as I can and then fold the body into the middle of the footprint. Then I fold the 4 edges of the footprint over the folded tent body, and roll it up like a cabbage roll.

As I roll it, I use my hand to sweep any duff/dirt off of the bottom of the footprint. Then the tent body wrapped in the waterproof footprint goes into the tent bag on top of the stuffed fly and peg bag.

That way even if it had been raining all night, the body of the tent stays dry, even though the fly and bottom of the footprint may have been wet. The poles go into my main pack, and the tent bag gets strapped to the top of my pack, and it doesn't matter if it rains all day; the tent body will remain dry.

Stuffing a tent body into a bag with a wet/dirty footprint and fly will wet the body and make setting up again suck. I find it far better to take the time to roll the body in the footprint to ensure a dry home in my next location. But, to each their own for sure.

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