Posts Tagged ‘playa tent’

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!).

So let’s poke around REI…

April 10, 2010

I mean have you clicked on the “Tents” category?


“easy to set up” and “lightweight” sound good, plus it looks like I could open the fly, there, to stick a fan in. I found it pretty easy to sleep in the day, when there was a fan…but my dome sure had a lot more air flow. I don’t know how stuffy a smaller tent like that would be…this one seems fairly similar:

I thought about a Big Agnes before, and here I go again

Something “Big Agnes” and “Big House” brings to mind jail and Oz and jokes…”easy to set up” and “ventilation” are plusses, plus good for high wind.

Hobitat still looks good…except for the not easy to set up on one’s lonesome. And if a Science!tist can’t do it, I sure as heck can’t.

“…a Tolkien minority.” Ha!

Lemme tell you THIS: I will not be w/o electrolytes/healthy additives for my beverages. But what the hell’s the difference? Is this just EmerGenC in a pretty bottle?

Is it potassium and sodium content I’m looking for? God, I can’t imagine going another…four or so days straight, non-stop thirsty. 😦 Nuun is well-rated, and I like the tablet form.

This stuff

Is highly-rated, and

  • Provides the right blend of electrolytes, calories and fluids to maintain a consistent energy level for up to two hours during your workout
  • HEED contains no citric acid—won’t burn your throat or upset stomach
  • Ingredient l-carnosine helps prevent lactic acid buildup in muscles
  • Sweeteners stevia and xylitol are added to replace simple sugars that most other sport drinks use; promotes oral health
  • That all sounds good.

  • Full spectrum, balanced electrolyte minerals provide a complete supply of nutrients your body needs during exercise
  • Nearly every one of the 5 outta 5 star comments talk about how well it prevents cramps. I don’t really need something like that…I just don’t want to be thirsty.

    This tent seems alright…only three poles? Fantastic.

    That exclamation point amuses me highly. It’s definitely taller than I really need, but looks pretty easy to set up.

    LL Bean sells it, no customer reviews there, either (cheaper than REI, too). GOD why can’t I get a job as a tent tester?? Looks like the slightly smaller version has only two poles

    How would height affect sturdiness in wind? I pretty much don’t see how, full of my stuff holding it down, any tent would fly away.

    This “Freedom Tent” just looks cool.

    Apparently, it was designed for people “with disabilities.”

    Few innovations in camping have ever been met with such acclaim as the Eureka!® Freedom tent. The collaborative effort of Eureka!® with Blue Sky Designs, a design firm noted for its work in the biomedical and rehabilitation fields, the Freedom was hailed “one of the truly unique new products”* by industry reporters during its unveiling in August 2004.


    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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    tents 008

    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.”