Posts Tagged ‘burning man tent’

Gear! Mmmm….tents and gadgets…

April 21, 2011

Man-oh-man, how happy I would be to review products for a living…or just for fun…although I can’t say I’d want to actually go camping in a Jak Pak. It’s a jacket! A sleeping bag! A TENT!

…a tent??

More like a face tent. The inventors have a video showing how it works but I could barely hear him:

Perfect for getting beer! The mosquito net cracks me up, how would a mosquito get through all that “urethane coated ripstop nylon polyester body fabric? Here’s a video review

If you can sleep without moving and on anything, it could be a pretty sweet jacket. I’m fascinated by the lightweight minimalist hikey people and their innovations; this is certainly one of them. Also, if you’re into flashlilghts, these seem pretty good, I reckon.

I have a head lamp from Target and a lantern that do me fine – had the lantern a few years, now, no complaints.

Except for batteries. And, it’s a little tricky to unscrew and replace the batteries (which I’ve done…once? in a couple of years) but that’s because it’s waterproof. It’s got a hook that I can clip right onto the frame in my “tent” (the EZ Up) easy-peasy.

Maybe I will go look for a solar one today…problem with that is, it stays in my tent so there’s no solarity to charge it. So nevermind. The UFO light works really well, but it’s kinda cheap so if it breaks, it’s done.

It’s only five or six bucks @WalMart and it’s very bright. I used it more like a flashlight to find stuff in my tent. If you can hang it just right it works great as a lantern. And speaking of lanterns, you can just buy sky lanterns, flame resistant and bio-degradable.

Many will remember Tim Hetherington as a great photographer, but to call him such would be to pigeonhole his contributions. He himself acknowledged the changing topography of media: “If you are interested in mass communication, then you have to stop thinking of yourself as a photographer. We live in a post-photographic world. If you are interested in photography, then you are interested in something — in terms of mass communication — that is past. I am interested in reaching as many people as possible.”

And he did. He covered various conflicts in West Africa and contributed to two documentaries on Liberia and Darfur. In 2007, he began a yearlong assignment documenting a battalion of American troops stationed in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley as bait to the Taliban. He published a touching book Infidel, won his fourth World Press Photo of the Year for his coverage, and was nominated for an Oscar for his resulting documentary, apolitical and deeply human Restrepo. His broad experiences were also recorded an ethereal webvideo, “Diary”.Iconic Photos
Which you can watch.
That guy doing the reviews of Fenix flashlights and the JakPak took me to Eagle’s Nest Outfitters – great name for a hammock company. Without trees I’m not sure how practical their tarps and flys would be, but they sure have a variety of them.


April 20, 2011

Mmm..tents! I miss looking for tents (but not the headache of trying to pick one). Outside magazine (mostly for hiking and mountain stuff, far as I know) has 2011 gear awards, and a couple of items apply to Burning Man

– sleeping bag, “…weighing in at less than two pounds…water-repellent, and breathable, yet dense enough to resist rips and punctures. Marmot’s Flow Gate Construction allows body heat to flow evenly while keeping down in position around your body.”
– I’ll stick with bare feet and Doc’s, but a lot of people go more Teva/Keens/hikey, so here’s their pick for best shoe

– Big Agnes was a tent I seriously looked at, but ultimately was out of my price range. If you have $600, you could get Outside’s pick.
– I also never really got into backpacks, since I don’t like wearing them, but their pick for “best of” is $180. Outside just listed the results, nothing about why these products won.
– I do need a new carry-on size suitcase, as BM broke mine. Not paying hundreds of dollars for one, though…and I don’t care about a detachable backpack, since I took one for my “personal” bag. I had everything I needed for the week in my carry-on and personal bag, in case I got seperated from my monstrous, 80+ lb. suitcase – it was a pain to lug it all around but hey, it’s not “easy” self-reliance, now, is it?

I did like this dome,

It’s two grand and pretty much looks like my dome from Mountain Hardware (which retails for 3-5,000). Same pole framework that makes mine impossible to figure out how to erect…I don’t see as many windows and doors – but it’s only 26 pounds, compared to my like…60. For anybody wanting to do the dome thing, that sure seems like a reasonable way to go.

Goggles redux

May 23, 2010

I pondered goggles last year (here) and ended up borrowing some – they’re on my must-have list. It was very nice to be able to move freely in a whiteout. I might even wear them more often, just to help my eyes out, this year. I was really, really hoping to get Lasik for the burn season, but hell. Money.

Goggles. Maximum Eyewear even has a “Burning Man” category.

I know I want them big enough to cover my glasses, if need be, and not have crappy foam. These military ones are still looking good, but I’m thinking a fold-up pair would be nice.

Found this nifty-looking dust mask.

This style is exactly what I’m looking for, large area of vision and fold-up. Gonna keep an eye out for something, cheaper, though…I’m not buying stuff like that until AFTER I get necessities taken care of.

Like getting TO BRC…I’m mildly bummed I missed Stag Camp registration, but I bet if I asked pretty please, they’d squeeze me in. My top choice now is smack on the Esp, one factor which manages to negate the otherwise Epic nature of the deal…unfortunately, looking at goggles has led me to tents. More tents. Making me tense. Har har.

I generally avoid more commercial-name tents but here’s a Coleman and Swiss Gear that caught my eye

Coleman Weathermaster Legacy has pretty good reviews, including “easy to set up.” My friend has used her Swiss Gear – from Wal-Mart – for years, now. This one’s kinda cute:

This Cabela one is on the list (ha ha ha, yeah right. My list of 300 domiciles I want to try out…I just need a job as a tent tester!).


January 27, 2010

Tents. Tents, tents and more tents. Perhaps the hardest thing to decide upon, and the most blogged about. Some women like shoes, I like tents. Though I ended up with a perfect tent (because it was a freakin’ space station DOME)

, IF I return to the playa (yesyes, “when,” whatever) I shan’t take it. It is a beast and a bear.

…it was perfect, though. A nice breeze to help me sleep. Ample space for changing, peeing, vomiting my brains out…felt very secure in the wind storms.

Would have been great for people to hang out in, during said windstorms, if anybody had taken me up on my offer.

Anyways. Back to tents.

I went looking for “vargo” and found some on Ebay:

Outwell Alderney Pop Up Tent 2009

It looks cool! I like the stripes.  It has a door on each end, so you could roll one up for the breeze. I don’t see where you stake it, though – and I’m sure it is as small as it looks. If there was a holding space for gear and food, it could work.

I”ve lost the descriptions for these. Like all tents, though, my first thought is “Suffocation.” With the rain fly on, no air will circulate. My little fan and fresh air was key in sleeping in the heat of the morning. The first one looks sleek, too, like it’d hold up well in a wind storm.

Wind storm! I loved walking around in the white out.

Next time I would definately change out my contacts and bring extra eye drops. One camp had a lovely eye wash station, but of course it does no good for contact wearers. Hopefully, in the next few months I’ll be getting lasik, eliminating the need for all that hoo-ha. It’d be sooo awesome…I’d be more likely to sleep in other camps, too, without my eyeballs to worry about. Curl up in front of PEX.

Anyways. Windstorms. A simple pair of goggles and my dust mask = A-OK. Lots of people thing goggles and respirators are for sissies, but I enjoyed being able to see and breathe 100% – I’m talking about the whiteouts, the serious storms. Most of the time I just had the bandanna, but for the can’tseeinfrontofyourface (it does happen!), the respirator was bitchin’.

Back to tents.

Or teepees/tipis. Sure, they look bad-ass, but how much more room do they give? I’d say none. The only advantage would be how cool you look. well, and maybe ease of set-up/lack of poles. Most of them do one pole in the middle and then you tie it down a lot. I’ve seen tipis (real ones) go up. It isn’t easy – or a one-person job.

This one claims one person can set it up in 10 minutes!

Plus, “Fabulous sand-like color creating a warm and gentle vibe, very romantic.”

Here’s a “pop-up” tent bigger than the ones I’ve seen so far,


A patented one-piece accordion-style frame that’s integrated into the tent expands easily as you push upward and automatically locks into place.

Sounds like an EZ Up to me.

I can’t find anymore information on it.

Here’s some more pop-up tents.

I like the look of this one

But double suffocation.

This has the same description for popping up and a window, so this could be on the list:

Just pick your spot, pull the Turbo Tent out of its bag, stake the corners then lock the legs at the first set of joints, step inside and push the top up, it’s that simple! This free-standing tent will hold its shape on its own if you’re unable to fully stake it down, making it a great choice for rocky or solid ground areas.

Here’s their actual site – there’s also some on Amazon. One good review (out of one review). Not sure how I did not see these before, in my years+ of tent research. Also well-reviewed on

The Freestander and the Pine Deluxe have the same 240×240 or 300×300, and I can’t tell much difference else. They show the Pine Deluxe with add-ons, so I don’t know what it looks like by itself.

The Pine View and the Freestander look identical, in the photos.

I’m not sure if this is the same company:

But the mechanics are the same.  And they look an awful lot alike.

Their Tanami looks neat

And only two poles?

I think the main issue would be the same as an EZ Up: aluminum/alloy legs. Read: will bend and break in wind. Solution: stick rebar up ’em.

I need a freakin’ sponsor!!

I learned a new word: glamping. I’m guessing “glamourous camping.” I hate the word. Luxurious camping – obviously, I am not a string up a hammock and call it a campsite kinda gal. But I don’t think paying people to set up tents and start fires for me qualifies as camping.

Yep, smart me and my etymology skills. Glamping. Every bit as stupid as the concept, and the people who do it.

Strike one

August 4, 2009

Here’s the tent I set up yesterday.

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I uploaded a bunch of pics at once, and now I can’t type captions with them, so I’ll just list the flaws:

– too seamy. Even the mesh had seams. The floor is sewn to the tent, and the walls are sections, all sewn together.

– the windows don’t unzip all the way down

-the door is funky, two seperate zipper tracks for screen or full-on open door, more to get tangled up, caught on fabric, etc.

– overall material was chintzy – but it is only eighty bucks.

– the stakes were cool, they had tips that fit into grommets, so no shoving anything up the end of it

– the rainfly hooked on with a…um…thingie. Clicked into it – like a clip on the waistband of a backpack. So that was also easy. It was very easy to set up, imussay.

We sat around in it…sweating our eyeballs out. I ain’t keepin’ it. Didn’t get to set the second one up, tequila got in the way.


From the Target site:

Comfortably Holds 5 People – “Yeah fucking right.” – my friend who helped me set it up and sat in it with me


The BEST 1:28 of your life.

That long plastic thing hooks to the outside of the tent, a little mat. Nice thought, not terribly practical. Adds more stuff to put a hole in the fabric, for one thing.

August 2, 2009

If you got the money, they got some tents – reading the reviews is fun.


“The Trango 4 tent is an indestructible weather fortress. On the Southern Patagonia Ice Cap, it withstood four days of hurricane force winds that drove us to our knees, yet the tent survived without a scratch. Beautifully constructed, it’s a tent you can trust your life to.”