This isn’t about any program requirements, but I am looking for some advice on new tents.
I have been a scoutmaster for about a year, and it’s time to get some new tents for the boys. We have had good luck with our Eureka Timberline 4 person A-frames, but I am considering some other options. I started looking at ALPS brand tents and they look to have some good options. By the numbers it looks like an ALPS Chaos or Lynx beats the Timberline, but my main hesitation comes from not knowing if I can trust the numbers ALPS publishes. Here are my main considerations:
-ALPS Chaos claims 1500 mm coating on the rainfly vs Timberline’s 800
-ALPS claims 3000 mm coating on floor vs Timberline’s 800
-Chaos rainfly has a built-in vestibule which would need to be purchased separately for the Eureka
-The main reason I started looking at ALPS is because they have a discount for scouts which gets me the Chaos considerably cheaper (though I may be able to get a discount from Eureka if I call them)
-We have had great experiences with the Eurekas and know we can trust their quality
-The A-frame shape has proven superior to more dome shaped tents on multiple campouts for resisting damage / caving in from falling branches
We also considered a Marmot Tungsten, which had solid reviews overall, but all of the negative reviews focused on the lack of wind resistance and failure of the velcro on the rainfly. So I nixed that one.
So this is really a long way to go to ask: Can I trust the claims ALPS makes about it’s tents’ water resistance? And will they have comparable durability to the Eurekas?