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PostPosted: March 31st, 2019, 7:14 pm 
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WOW! It’s been awhile since I have been on here and miss all of you so much! I have come back for some advice this time. I now have a young family with a very energetic 2 year old and am interested in a tent suitable for the backcountry(canoe) that can suit our needs

Our needs: 1)Spacious enough for the kid and two adults.
2) Light enough and not too bulky if at all possible.
3) preferably 2 vestibules
4) As weather proof and bomb proof as they can get! Somehow I have bad luck with gear breaking on me so This is really important.

I know its not much to go on but any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

PS. Who else is getting excited for this season!?!? :thumbup:


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2019, 7:28 pm 
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I would suggest that you have a look at a MEC Wanderer 4. It covers your 4 criteria points well, and has a solid history as a paddler's tent.

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PostPosted: March 31st, 2019, 8:18 pm 
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The new Wanderer 4 is a complete redesign and not really related that much to the one I have and I've used extensively with our Scout troop. It is on the heavy side for backpacking but ideal for canoe camping and it can stand up in a hurricane if properly guyed out. Here is a video I took a few years ago when a group of 4 Scouts insisted on pitching their tent on a bluff at the edge of the island we were on. That was quite a night I have to say! The new W4 has a bit more headroom around the edges but about the same square footage as I recall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab-N4WpllKs


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PostPosted: March 31st, 2019, 9:57 pm 
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We bought a Marmot Limelight 3 recently. Worked well for us putting our grandson in the middle of us. Being over 6' I found the vertical walls on the end very helpful. If you want bomb proof you can get a 4 season expedition tent.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 6:46 am 
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Thanks a bunch for the suggestions! I will take a gander at them tonight. Really appreciate this fellas


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 11:00 am 
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I just looked at the MEC website and can't find the Wanderer 4. Am I missing something or have they discontinued it?


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 11:14 am 
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You're right Ralph. I looked too. The Wander 4 is no longer offered for sale by MEC. The only 4 person MEC brand tents they are offering are the Cabin, the Volt, the Camper & the 4 season TGV.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 11:48 am 
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Not sure if you want to go this light but I have a TarpTent Hogback. 4 lbs for a 4 person tent. Packs really small.

Vestibules are small as it is designed as a backpacking tent but if you only have 2 adults and a 2 year old in it there would be lots of room inside.

Was in a huge storm in it in Killarney last year. Storm threw my canoe 25 feet. Tent held its ground.

Versatile tent.

https://www.tarptent.com/product/hogback/

https://youtu.be/0P8zqZnP-bE

Can hold light snow with the optional crossing poles.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 12:01 pm 
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Dave_k wrote:
You're right Ralph. I looked too. The Wander 4 is no longer offered for sale by MEC. The only 4 person MEC brand tents they are offering are the Cabin, the Volt, the Camper & the 4 season TGV.



This guy has a used Wanderer 4. In North York..

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-fishing-camping-outdoor/city-of-toronto/camping-tents-rush-sale/1423850371?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 1:44 pm 
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Just a heads up that the second vestibule on the Wanderer 4 was an optional add-on IIRC. Recommended if you can find a good one used.

Another top choice might be the Eureka El Capitan 4.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 2:05 pm 
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Not at all surprised the Wanderer 4 was a top recommendation. I am surprised MEC isn't continuing to produce it!

For 2 adults & a small child, I'd suggest you could still do alright with the Wanderer 2! It can fit 3 regular thermarests across and I've used it with 3 adults.

Going back many years, I replaced my Wanderer 2 with a Wanderer 2, many of my friends also picked up Wanderers, and when the family came along we got a Wanderer 4. I will never buy a tent with 1 door again!

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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 2:28 pm 
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What is very strange is that the W4 just had a complete redesign about 2 years ago and now it has disappeared! Wow!

But that also means it could show up on their website in a couple of months in the clearance section. I got a Tarn 2 and Tarn 3 that way a few years ago - at half price!

Note the Camper 4 is not as robust as the W4 - our Scout troop has a couple of them and while it is still a good tent, I don't think it will prove to be as indestructible as the W4s have been.

The W4 in the kijiji ad is the 10+ year old model IIRC - it came before the one I have an our Scout troop uses. I have wanted to buy one for some time but keep missing them on kijiji. Not really sure if there are any major differences between that model and the one I know so well. Though I will say I don't think it is worth $275. I'd pay half that tops.

And yes the 2nd vestibule was an extra add on. Our troop has 10 of them almost unused. Would love to find one for my tent.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 4:11 pm 
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Eureka summer pass 3 ,two doors two vestibules good price . Customer service is great and from Ontario.

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MSR Elixer 3...fairly light(on the edge of being a backpacking tent weight wise). Wanderer sized vestibules(almost), breathes well and comes with a ground sheet.


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PostPosted: April 1st, 2019, 5:25 pm 
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The MEC Wanderer looked to be a fine option but as stated above, it is no longer available. My brother had a Tarn 3 and it was great so MEC definitely is a trusted brand in our household. I might look into the Marmot and MSR offerings. I did stumble on the North Face Talus 4p, it seems to check off everything on the list. Anyone ne have experience with North Face tents?


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