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Why Can't Everything Be As Good As My Tent?

This weekend we went camping. My oldest son went up on Friday evening with his Boy Scout troop and we joined them on Saturday morning.

Since the older boy was staying in his own tent, we could bring a smaller tent with us when we came up the next day. Besides being less stuff to carry, it was advantageous to bring a smaller tent because it was cold and it would stay warmer than our big family tent.

So I got to break out our trusty Sierra Designs Orion 3 AST. It hasn't seen as much use since we bought the big family tent, but I have a warm spot in my heart for it. It has been on many, many backpacking and camping trips dating all the way back to the beginnings of my marriage and family! I've always liked its simple design and its full-coverage rain fly that keeps the water off the canopy and shapes the whole thing into an aerodynamic wedge that wind just flows over. It's a bit heavy compared to modern ultralight tents, but it's still pretty reasonable for two people to…

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