First, let's get one thing straight. When they offered to sell you
a tent, wouldn't the operative phrase be, "Sell your FRIEND a tent"? After all, he's the guy who owes you a tent. It's bad form indeed to borrow a tent and return it in poor condition.
So, what to do? It is possible to perform some repair work on the fabric. Campmor, among others, sells Kenyon Recoat 3 ($8 a jar; www.campmor.com), which can be painted onto fabric that's lost its waterproof coating. But the stuff is a little hard to work with, and not as durable as the original coating. Plus, the tent may have suffered other damage by now; in many cases, tent fabric may look just fine but has lost 50 percent or more of its strength due to rot, UV damage, and so on. So, I'd say the offer from Sierra Designs is pretty good. But, what tent? If weight really matters, then I'd snap up the Hyperlight AST ($269; www.sierradesigns.com), a new two-person tent that weighs under five pounds. I also like the Orion AST ($219), a slightly older tent but an extremely good three-season, two-person model that has long been one of my favorites. Weight is just over five pounds, so not bad, either.
If you want to go four-season, then Sierra Designs' Hercules AST ($399) is an extremely good option, if a little hefty at about nine pounds. Likewise, Mountain Hardwear's Trango 2 ($450; www.mountainhardwear.com) is another nine-pounder, though it does mix in a roomy 40 square feet of floor space.
In short, I'd go for either the Orion or the Hercules. Tell your friend to foot part of the bill. And don't loan him a tent ever again.
Lead Photo: courtesy, Sierra Designs
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