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We are 3 and we want to go to Utah next year in October. We go by car, but I want to camp near our hiking locations because I want to do some photography in the morning. The tent should be big enough for us 3, with a bit of extra room. I m thinking a 4 person would be better. I dont think we will see a big storm, but a little shower could be possible. I would love to take the tent back home to Germany, so it should fit in a big suitcase and should not weigh more than 15lbs.

I want it to be as cheap as possible, but I dont mind paying extra if it is worth the money.

The plan is to do 2-4 nights in a tent, followed by 2 nights in a hotel room. It should be available at Bass Pro, Walmart or REI, because I need to be able to pick it up in Las Vegas when I arrive.

Any suggestions?

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Looks like they're available but not finding much info on them from others i.e. reviewers.

It seems the big update is "porch mode", which is a feature I think I might use sometimes. It SEEMS like they might have made the vestibules themselves slightly smaller as a result?

I think the pole connectors are now a new style, similar to the Nemo Dagger tent?

The pre-bent poles I guess are supposed to improve interior space even more? Specs vs 2019 seem the same

Perhaps most interesting is the

NEW proprietary ultralight nylon double rip-stop, mixed denier fabric offers extra tear strength and puncture resistance without adding weight.

Big Agnes doesn't seem to list their different layers in thickness like all the others mfrs, but the weight seems the same. I wonder if this new version will have equal amount of concern with regards to durability? I also normally hear about the zippers being an issue (due to how thin/flimsy fabric is?)

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I'm going to Montana in January for vacation (my gf thinks I'm crazy for wanting to do this but bless her shes has agreed to come with me). I'm thinking I need/want a new down jacket. But looking for advice. Currently the only puffy i have is a Patagonia Nano-Puff, 60-g primaloft fill, has about four years of heavy use on it so probably not as warm as when it was new. I live in the mountains of VA so can see some fairly cold winter weather. Primary use of the jacket is around camp and walking around town. The jacket holds its own, but I really ave to layer it to make it feel super warm.

So, I was looking at getting a real down jacket. I was leaning toward the Patagoinia Down sweater (800 fill goose), or the Arcteryx thorium AR (750 fill goose). The goal of this new jacket would basically be to be used the same way as my other jacket, but warmer....requiring less layering when walking around town, and hopefully keeping me from freezing my butt off when I'min Montana.

So my questions: will these jackets actually be warmer than my current one? Will the pack as nice? Do I actually need it/ is there a better option? What are your thoughts?

For reference, some other parts of my layering systems that i mix and match include smartwool mid weight long underwear top and bottoms, some other synthetic long underwear, fleece top and bottoms, wool sweater, soft shell, hard shell top and bottoms.

I (and my gf to whom I'm sure i will pass some of this info along to) thank you.

Edit: Also if anyone is actually from or has been to the Montana/ Yellowstone area in January and can give any advice on what do expect and how to prepare that would be greatly appreciated. We aren’t camping or anything while there but will be outside often, planning on low to moderate activity levels...maybe some short hikes, a sleigh ride, walking around town.


Oh, also I'm on the lookout for a new day pack as my old one got stolen, something big enough for a jacket, water bottle, snacks, small camera, and a few other odds and ends. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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