WyomingLostandFound 5-man tipi review

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WyomingLostandFound 5-man tipi review

Post by TradRag » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:56 pm

Some of you know but for those that do not every summer I help mentor rising high school seniors (around 30) on a Wilderness Trip as part of their school Leadership course. This year we were in the Olympic Range in Colorado just outside of Buena Vista. As an added bonus it gives me a chance to evaluate my own gear for the upcoming elk season and this year I had two essential pieces to put to the test; 1. a Mystery Ranch Crew Cab pack and 2. my WyomingLostandFound 5-man tipi (sponsor here).

After many messages back and forth with Brian Derosa of Wyoming Lost and Found I settled on the 5-man tipi solution and boy was I impressed. First off, everything (tipi, stakes, and center pole) fit like a champ in the storage bag (stuff sack) he sent me and it made for very easy packing on the MR Crew Cab. Secondly, it is the perfect weight for what you get and the room in the tipi was just amazing. I am even able to stand up and change clothes inside the tipi. Beats the heck out of solo tents that confine you with little space at the same cost of weight. And finally and most importantly, I stayed D R Y!!!! Over the 5 days I encountered rain, slush, wind, and hail (3 times in one day) but I was never wet on the inside of the tipi.

After getting the hang of setting up the tipi at my first two camp sites I felt I had a good system and could easily erect within a few minutes. Ended up setting it up during a rain shower one evening and had no problems.

Below are a few pics and a short video of one of the hail storms;
Camp #1 at 11,800
Camp #1 at 11,800
My view from camp #1
My view from camp #1
Enjoying my morning Starbuck's Via coffee
Enjoying my morning Starbuck's Via coffee
Before hail storm
Before hail storm
After hail storm!
After hail storm!
self portrait ;-)
self portrait ;-)
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Post by Newkirk Jerry » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:10 pm

Welcome back to 109 degrees buddy. I bet that was nice up there.

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Post by TradRag » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:12 pm

Newkirk Jerry wrote:Welcome back to 109 degrees buddy. I bet that was nice up there.
Man, heat takes your breath away. Highs were about 78 and the coldest it got was 37. It was a nice getaway for sure. Came back to see my lawn burned up. :evil:
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Post by Night Wing » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:56 pm

Beautiful photos.

BTW, it was "only" 104 degrees here today where I live. :mrgreen:
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Post by Greywolf » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:20 pm

doesn't look like it has a ground cloth, how did that work out? did the rain leak under the edges? my lodge has a 8 inch tub style completely waterproof floor/liner.
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Post by daniel.liss » Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:24 pm

jealous for sure Ill be in unit 6 opening day till sept 4th. that tipi would be awesome for over night stays for sure and you being in the army helps me know that when you say waterproof its water proof lol and nice kuiu gear my wife finally let me get some and glad i did it rocks thanks tradrag for the great review
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Post by FullDraw » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:57 pm

I'm very envious, looks like you had a blast. Welcome home. I thought your TP was awesome at the rendezvous and this review confirms that. Thanks.
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Post by magicman » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:06 pm

Brian, what material did you go with?

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Post by TradRag » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:20 pm

magicman wrote:Brian, what material did you go with?
Was going to go the Silnylon but went, after discussing with Brian at WyomingLostandFound, with the Polyurethane backed ripstop nylon. It was a pound or so heavier but a lot more durable. 3.5 pounds versus 2.

I hunted, since this post, for 12 days in the Colorado back country chasing elk where it rained for 8 of those days. Myself, dad, and both of our gear piles never saw moisture while in the tipi. Not even the dreaded condensation. My dad, age 62, was leery at first but commented on how awesome the tipi really was.

If you have more questions then fire away. I've put this unit through some elements. Davis isn't too far from me. Come check it out and we can set it up in the yard.
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Post by magicman » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:36 pm

In your discussion with the company what did they say about the tarp tipi? Is it suppose to be durable? The price is hard to argue with.

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Post by TradRag » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:48 pm

magicman wrote:In your discussion with the company what did they say about the tarp tipi? Is it suppose to be durable? The price is hard to argue with.
Great product and I almost went that route but was looking the shave extra pound to pound and a half. I should mention that mine was a custom height make. He made it just over 6'6" so I could stand and change clothes in the middle. I think the same build it the tarp tent material was going to be about 1.5 more pounds.

Sometimes Brian will sale this tarp model on eBay and you could save a little more on it. I recommend the stuff sack too if you can. Makes it real nice to pack.
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Post by TradRag » Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:52 pm

Also, if you go with the tarp tent model I have the lightweight centerpole for it. Don't buy it you can have mine. It was too short for the model I have and he told me to keep. I'd be happy to pass along.
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Post by TradRag » Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:56 pm

magicman, just received a message from Brian that I thought I better pass along.
Hi Bryan, just thought you would like to know that i am offering a deal on the camo 6 sided tarp tipi with stove jack for 165.00 shipped. there is no center pole but stakes are included. i saw you talking about them on TradRag. this is a better deal than the ebay auction. Good luck on the hunting season, brian at wyominglostandfound
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Post by trapperDave » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:20 pm

looks nice...but five man??? Id call that a two man tent :lol:
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Post by >>>---WW----> » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:32 am

Brian: Very nice review on the Tipi. Now, how about doing one on the Mystery Ranch Crewcab pack. I'd sure like to hear what owners of that pack have to say about it.


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