I love it: Honey, the dog ate the tent." But you sure got good use out of it. Ten years is a long lifespan for a tent if it gets regular use.
There are two things you can do. One is to get two tentsone for the grownups, another for the kids (and maybe the dog). Or, of course, just buy one large tent. A single tent that could hold you all would be something like Marmots Den 4 ($350). Itll hold four comfortably, and with two doors its pretty easy to manage access. For the hound, there is a large vestibule that zips up tightly for shelter. The full coverage fly will keep you dry, while mesh panels help ventilation. Weight is about 11 pounds, which is okay when split three waysfly, canopy, poles, and stakes. Its definitely packable.
Sierra Designs Lightning XT 4 ($450) is even lighterjust over seven pounds. And its very roomy thanks to an innovative design that combines the space of a big tunnel tent with the freestanding qualities of a dome. Like the Marmot, it also has two big doors for access, and a vestibule for gear and pooches.
But...the Lightning gains some weight savings by employing a canopy that is nearly all mesh. So it ventilates beautifully, but also will let in chilly air. So thats a tradeoff. But really, no tent is all that warm." I tend to think youre better off scaling your sleeping bags to accommodate cold weather.
You also could do something such as buying two REI Arete ASL 2 tents ($270). Weight for two is about the same as the Marmot, and you have the flexibility to utilize smaller tent sites and giving adults and youngsters their own space. Dog can go wherever he/she wishes.
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