Gear Review

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Safe Haven

I was a bit daunted by having to carry a 5 1/2 lb. tent on any trip in the Sierra, but when a strong storm came on and the wind roared, I was certainly glad to be inside this bomber tent. It's definitely a bit tight on space, but I'm 6'5" and my wife is 5'11" and we spent 24 hours stuck in there with no real problems. Super-sturdy design and construction and the seams come sealed, which saves you the unpleasant and toxic task of sealing your own seams. I'd be curious to try the BD Eldorado, as it's a pound lighter, but it's even smaller inside.

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I took the El Dorado to Aconcagua in January. The specs show it to be an inch taller than the Marmot but an inch shorter in length. Larger overall footprint though.. When you add the vestibule it is almost a pound heavier. I actually didn't like the internal setup and donated the tent to my partner.