J Bruggeman

J Bruggeman

Middle Tennessee

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Joe's Passions

Backpacking
Camping

Joe's Bio

I've just started hiking, with only a few nights under my belt. The amount I've learned during these two trips has been amazing. I enjoy the solitude and challenges that come with backpacking.
I'm looking forward to longer more challenging hikes in the future.

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J Bruggeman

J Bruggeman wrote a review of on October 10, 2009

Great for one
3 5

I've used this tent twice now and it's worked for my needs. The size is perfect for me and my gear. I'm 5'9" with a Terra 60 pack and a coffin shaped air mattress from the military. There is enough room for a pack at my head, with extra space beside for shoes or what ever. It's never rained, so I can't comment on it weatherproof ability. The floor is made of nylon so a small Walmart tarp was used as a ground cloth. This is a requirement to keep gear dry from ground moisture. I've had no problem with ceiling condensation, as the ventilation seems sufficient. The small vent in the rainfly seems cheesy, but is effective at controlling this condensation. The rainfly can be rolled up and out of the way on both sides to create a screen room tent. The main tent is mostly screen, making for some good cross ventilation on hot summer nights. There's a door on either side to allow for more options when finding a good site in limited space.
My first purchase had a poorly sewn loop for one of the support poles, manufacture defect. My second one seemed to be constructed better. The tent support system seems awfully tight when putting the tent up, especially on uneven ground. I think it is going to fail whenever I put it up, but it hasn't yet. Could make for an interesting evening if this happens. The 2 poles are lightweight with shockcords. An upgrade to the stakes may be warranted, but the stock stakes have worked fine for me.

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J Bruggeman

J Bruggeman wrote a review of on October 10, 2009

5 5

I've used this once and love it. Went on a 16 mi hike in Land Between the Lakes, TN with no problems. Packs well with plenty of room. I'm new so I'm sure it will get even better. The outside pouches stretch quite a bit, enough to hold my fuel items and water filter. There's also plenty of straps and loops to attach items. There are plenty of adjustments to get the fit just right. Not sure about the sleeping bag compartment, it fits my light weight military bag, but looking forward to upgrading that next. Any recommendations on a 0-15 degree syn bag that fits would be appreciated.

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J Bruggeman

J Bruggeman wrote a review of on August 11, 2009

5 5

Used this to carry Coleman fuel for an old Optimus 8R. Even in the trunk of the car for 8 hours at work, there was no leaks. Couldn't say the same for the stove. Well designed and seems real strong.

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J Bruggeman

J Bruggeman wrote a review of on August 11, 2009

4 5

We got a chance to use this table in our Coleman Linden 8 tent. Worked great. It has two heights, the lower worked inside our tent with plenty of room underneath.
This table folds pretty good, but the velcro closure isn't well designed, but functional. The table fit perfect in the trunk of our 08 Lancer.

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