dealsledge sports 3539 ledge recluse 3 man tent for…

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A 3-person tent for $100 is considered a deal?

Here's a 6-person tent for the same price: http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-17-Foot-10-Foot-8-Person-Modified/dp/B000W7BHJY/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1360241763&sr=1-2&keywords=6+person+tent

I personally own that 6-person tent, used it recently, and it was top-notch.

If you're looking for a 3 person tent, here's an option for only $60:

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Sundome-3-Person-Green-7-Feet/dp/B004J2KDHK/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1360241795&sr=1-1&keywords=3+person+tent

I guess this one is $100 because of the aluminum poles? Eh, whatever. Whatever "standard" tent poles are made of has worked fine for me for years. I've never had a pole snap.

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@mavajo: Actually, there are a couple of things to look at when comparing these tents. First, yes, this one uses aluminum poles instead of fiberglass. Second, the rain fly on this one is much more comprehensive and covers a much larger portion of the tent. Third, this one comes with two doors AND vestibules for storing your equipment outside the living space. I would imagine a fourth is a significant weight difference between the two which is important when valuing between backpacking and family camping.

I do agree with you that for the average family in a campsite, the ones you listed would certainly fit the bill (I noticed one even has an opening for electrical, presumably from a generator or vehicle.) In the end, I think the price value is going to depend on your particular needs; more specialized backpakers, climbers, through hikers, etc. will pay the extra for lighter weight, sturdier materials, and additional water protection.

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@mavajo: Recomending an 8 person, 23lb tent to someone considering a 3 person 7lb tent is like talking someone shopping for a sports car into buying a school bus. Tents are an area where you get what you pay for. The more money you spend the longer its going to last and the better water proofing it will have.

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I was going to reply, but @monahmat and @sgtgreeneusmc covered it well.

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A 3 Man tent huh? I'm going to wait until the 1 Man & 2 Women tents go on sale.

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This product has been just under $100 on Amazon a couple of times in the last year:

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Ledge-Sports-Recluse-Lightweight-Person/product/B004ILKEUI

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@colbytitus:
Me and Tim a huntin' went
Met 3 girls in a popup tent
They was plenty, we was few
So I bucked one and Timbuktu

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@monahmat: Great points, I would also add this tent is probably for backpacking since it weighs 6.5 pounds. The 3 person Coleman tent linked above weight 8.2. Not a big difference unless you're carrying everything.

Taped seams are a big deal too, though you can buy and apply seam sealer to a tent without that.

A three person tent usually holds three people with some gear well. Three person means three people in their sleeping bags and not much else.