I have an opportunity to trade a used vehicle that I no longer use for this Tent, and I'm wondering how well it will hold up on the Playa. I would most certainly use this thing for other adventures but I'm interested to know if I should use it at BM. I'm a virgin btw, just trying to plan for 2012.http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Strongh ... lt,pd.html
Please let me know your opinions. I would love if someone happened to have first hand experience with this particular tent on the Playa.
If you are going to be using it for other adventures and are willing to drag a tent as massive as this around for those and you do not need the money from selling off said used vehicle then it may be a good deal for you.
However this is a serious adventure tent. I've been in the larger one a few times, I think that's called the mothership. Friend of a friend used it at Everest base camp and I wanted to check it out before hand. We set it up in a local park.
It's HUGE, it's HEAVY and it took over an hour to erect.
Remember one thing however. When tent manufacturers list the capacity of a tent they are talking about midgets. That tent may be listed as a 10 man tent but comfortably it will hold half that. How many will be joining you at BM?
I personally would not subject a tent like that to the playa environment. Yes it will hold up just fine. But once it's coated with the playa dust it is almost impossible to get it out. (Tip, spray it down heavily with a 5-1 vineger to water ratio) This way before you pack up you can practically wipe it down with paper towels to clean it. That is if you're not packing up during a sand storm.
Since you're life is not dependent on your shelter during BM unlike if you were on Everest or in the middle of Alaska on your own you do not "need" such a bombproof shelter. A large family tent from walmart may suit your needs just fine for $100-$200 depending on the make\model. Another $100-$200 for a carport type canopy over that would be nice as well.