Here is the post I said was going to put up with regards to what gear we chose. If you know of any equipment that has worked for you or is better than what I posted, please let me know. Price isn’t that much of an issue as long as the cost is justified but if there is a cheaper alternative for the same quality or better, that’d be great!
***All photos have been found on google and prices have been pulled from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) and are in Canadian dollars. I am not being paid in any way by the store or the brands and I have not received any products. Though it’d be great if they did ahem.
MSR Hubba Hubba Tent $319.00
This is a lightweight (2.04kg) 2 person, 3 season tent that is usually used by backcountry campers. While this is in the upper end of the price spectrum, this is not the most expensive tent of this class available at MEC. We chose this because it had a higher fly and floor waterproofness than other like tents by Big Agnes. We also looked at the 2 person lightweight tents that MEC produce but they had a lesser waterproofness rating and denier rating, which means it’s thinner and the coating used was silicone and polyethylene vs the silicone and polyurethane that MSR applies. Polyurethane has greater adhesion, hardness and chemical resistance and for an additional $10-30 we feel that it’s worth the splurge. Although, if we weren’t going to eventually use this for our cross Canada trip with the constant set up and takedown every other day for about a month and a half (and who knows, maybe even a few storms), we’d definitely buy a tent by MEC for the better value. There is also a matching footprint for an additional $34 and is highly recommended to prolong the life of the tent. Continue reading