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Starting in 2016, Fjällräven will be bringing their high quality tents to the US. During the next two weeks I will be accepting pre-orders for their brand new Keb Endurance Expedition tent. The pre-order price is 30% off retail price + shipping. The coupon code is LMTKEB and it expires on August 14th when the pre-order window closes. The tents are scheduled for delivery in March of 2016. Go here to place your order. For those of you who are not familiar with tunnel tents, they are a highly stable and durable design particularly suited for harsh conditions. The generous vestibules are great for storing gear, cooking when it rains, or for having a separate sleeping area for your dog, amongst other things.
 

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They come in Pine Green and UN Blue. I can add the UN Blue version if there is interest.
 

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I'm really tempted as those look like awesome tents, but I was thinking of getting a smaller backpacking tent for when I'm by myself. Right now I have a Snow Peak Amenity Dome 4 that I bought used, which is a pretty nice tent. The big issue I have with it is that it takes two people to raise the two main polls as they are each probably 12' long.

I'm seriously considering this.
 

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I have a Hilleberg Kaitum 2GT which is equivalent to the 2 person version of the Keb Endurance. It's a great size when I'm by myself and I wouldn't consider anything smaller than that. Once you get used to having a vestibule to store your gear its hard to go back.

I'm really tempted as those look like awesome tents, but I was thinking of getting a smaller backpacking tent for when I'm by myself. Right now I have a Snow Peak Amenity Dome 4 that I bought used, which is a pretty nice tent. The big issue I have with it is that it takes two people to raise the two main polls as they are each probably 12' long.

I'm seriously considering this.
 

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I'm really tempted as those look like awesome tents, but I was thinking of getting a smaller backpacking tent for when I'm by myself. Right now I have a Snow Peak Amenity Dome 4 that I bought used, which is a pretty nice tent. The big issue I have with it is that it takes two people to raise the two main polls as they are each probably 12' long.

I'm seriously considering this.
8lbs isn't too heavy for backpacking and the large vestibules are great.
 

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8lbs isn't too heavy for backpacking and the large vestibules are great.
I think 8# is too heavy, I've used a Eureka 2-man timberline for 30 years off and on it's around 6# I also have a Big Agnes Seedhouse2 which is 2# 9oz. You can go lighter too.

I too have heard the trend is away from tents and going with a bivy sack or just an emergency foil blanket. Me,, I like someplace to get away from the insects if I need to.
 

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I'll "weigh" in on the matter with a short qualifier first…

My background is Mountaineering/fastpacking/backpacking in the Western USA and South America - Wonderland trail in 4 days (24 miles per day with 22,000 ft of elevation gain over the 95 mile trail), most of the PCT, the long trek into Machu Pichu, the 8KM Challenge (twice - summit Baldy, Gorgonio, Jacinto in 24hrs), Grand Canyon rim to rim (and a dozen river and back trips), various mountain summits, backcountry ski-traverses, canyoneering trips in UT and AZ, mutli-pitch rock climbing trips, guiding trips in Arizona and Southern California, and random backpacking trips in AK, WA, OR, CA, AZ, UT, CO, ID, CAN, MEX, etc…

Ok - 8lbs is too heavy for some uses and well within range on others

Too heavy for any casual 3-season carried uses at low elevation or a fast/light solo type trip (great tent if in a car or a motorcycle, on a horse, or carried by a porter)

Acceptable weight for two people on prolonged trip in moderate climates with expectation of extended cool & wet weather - summer in the bush in AK, two weeks along the olympic coast, etc…

Reasonable weight for a solo mountaineering base-camp tent or 4-season use - Rainier, Denali, Izta, Patagona, etc..

This tent (like several others) is designed for extended use in foul weather climates with durability in mind.


As to the "trend" of tent less travel - When going far and fast even 20+ years ago I was running tent less using a tarp and sleeping bag in the Olympic Rainforest (with rain EVERY day/night) - the issue is not sky protection but one of isolation from insects (Biting, stinging, burrowing, bugs…) On endurance trips I would run a bivy since the only need was dry sleep; regardless of the weather if we were awake we were walking. Or a bug-bivy if conditions were mild and humid

When above tree-line the tarp becomes useless and we would run tents that could survive the high winds possible - same goes for anticipating snow load.

The short summary is - this is an EXPEDITION tent well built by reputable maker for use in cool and damp conditions when foul weather is expected
 
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