Backpacker Radio #220 | How to Choose a Tent for Backpacking with Owen Eigenbrot
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are giving you a thorough breakdown on all things backpacking tent related. We are joined by The Trek’s Managing Editor, accomplished thru-hiker, and gear encyclopedia, Owen Eigenbrot. We introduce today’s panel by giving you a thorough run-through on everything you need about backpacking tents, including the various types of tents, feature sets, terminology, material options, and more. We then do a roundtable offering our top actionable advice for picking a tent, considerations to make, and a few of our favorite specific models. Whether you’re new to backpacking, are looking to level up your gear, or are curious about the various nuances of the world of tents, this podcast has something for you.
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Panel with Owen Eigenbrot
Timestamps & Questions
00:06:48 – Introducing Owen
00:08:07 – What’s your backpacking background?
00:10:44 – What are the basics of the Eastern Continental Trail?
00:12:32 – Introducing the structure of today’s show
00:16:10 – Tent capacity
00:21:00 – Tarps and bivvies
00:23:50 – 3 vs. 4 season
00:27:25 – Single vs. double wall
00:35:05 – Trekking pole vs. (semi) freestanding
00:46:06 – Tent weight variations
00:53:18 – Common materials
01:14:25 – Bathtub floor
01:16:05 – Door location
01:19:42 – Height
01:22:55 – Bug protection
01:23:32 – Pockets
01:24:38 – Stakes
01:31:52 – Tent terminology
01:36:30 – Footprints
01:41:36 – Zach’s Tent Tip #1: If you’re new to backpacking, go with a semi-freestanding tent
01:48:54 – Owen’s Tent Tip #1: Don’t give up on 1-person shelters
01:51:10 – Chaunce’s Tent Tip #1: Measure how tall you are when sitting straight up
01:52:30 – Zach’s Tent Tip #2: Broadest audience tent recommendation
01:55:03 – Owen’s Tent Tip #2: Have realistic expectations about tents in general
01:57:00 – Chaunce’s Tent Tip #2: Consider the terrain you’ll be hiking in
01:58:01 – Owen and Chaunce’s tent recommendations
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