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Bibler Fitzroy

I've used this tent for about eight years on everything from overnight backpacking trips to week long mountaineering and it's absolutely bomb proof. I've owned tents by Mt. Hardware, TNF, Noall and worked in outdoor retail over 10 years and no tent has impressed me as much as the Fitzroy, I'll always have a Bibler for the trips where I don't want to worry about what the weather throws my way. In good weather it opens up enough to stay cool, in rain it vents well with no condensation, and in the truly bad stuff it's drum tight and solid.

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Have you ever gone on a summer camp with this tent. i want something that can withstand almost anything but i don't want to cook inside. i was looking at the Black Diamond Ahwahnee Tent 2-Person 4-Season but i have read that it can leek over time in the summer months. according to the specs there made from the same materiel. Also another thing, i see that the main entrance has a mesh door option does the rear have one to? That would help me make my decision, it would also really help with the ventilation

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Yes, I have used this tent year round in all sorts of conditions (primarily higher elevations, above 5000 ft) and have never had a problem with leaking or condensation. I wouldn't use it in hot and humid conditions as there just isn't enough mesh to breath that well.

Both doors do have mesh, in all but the coldest conditions I typically leave each door open for the top 3 or 4 inches, they are well protected by a 'beak' over the top of the door.

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Yes, both doors have mesh panels.I debated between this and the EV-3 for some time but with a few planned trips that will go from bugs to glaciers, the mesh pushed me to the Fitzroy. Something to keep in mind when comparing specs on the two is the vestibule. It makes the prices almost identical and the Fitzroy a few hundred grams heavier for those that care.
I think they are both great but the Fitzroy seemed slightly more flexible while the EV-3 seemed slightly better for pure alpine time. I'm trapped in Ohio for three more years so the Fitzroy seemed like the better option.