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Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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The Bitter Springs UL 2 Tent is Big Agnes' ultralight tent for weight-conscious backpackers. This tent features the basic of basics in order to shed weight as much as possible, with only one door and a surprisingly large vestibule. Big Agnes built the fly and floor out of PU-coated ripstop to protect you from the elements, and the walls out of mesh for cool comfort in warmer weather. The Bitter Springs UL 2 requires two trekking poles for setup. One pole has to collapse down to 40 inches, and the other to 30. Big Agnes included one DAC Pressfit Pole that rounds out the interior for a roomier feel. DAC Twist Clips and Jake's Foot attachments make for an easier and secure setup. Internal mesh pockets keep your small valuables in check.

Price : $ 399.95

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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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