Floorless Vs. Floor

CO_jakrabt

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Me and 2 buddies are going up August 26-Sept 4. to the Brooks for caribou. Debating my tipi with stove or Cabelas West Wind for shelter. Give me feedback on personal experiences using either or both.
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soggybtmboys

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Me and 2 buddies are going up August 26-Sept 4. to the Brooks for caribou. Debating my tipi with stove or Cabelas West Wind for shelter. Give me feedback on personal experiences using either or both.
TIA
We hunted the North side of the Brooks in 2018, roughly same time period. It rained everyday in some form, one day it rained 26 hours. Tundra is a spongy thing, try and get on some gravel or non tussock spot that's level. The day it hit 70 degrees, the skeeters were insane. Everyone in our group had floored tents, kept the bugs out, and kept water from run ing under the tent. However, you gotta keep diligent on popping your boots off or you'll have a mess in your tent.

If you are heading to the North side, burnable wood will be sparse and pretty much limited to scrubby willow in drainages and it will all be wet or damp.

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A floored tent would be a much better option than a tipi/stove setup for that time of year. You will either have heavy rain, heavy bugs, or both for most of the trip. We have been running the Stone Glacier Skyscraper as our primary floored shelter for the past few years and have had great results!
 

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Floored tents are always better than floorless. The only advantage to floorless is you get to shame people who have tents with floors.
 

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Floored tents are always better than floorless. The only advantage to floorless is you get to shame people who have tents with floors.
haha. This is so true and I run floorless in most cases. we do think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

but in a lot of cases a floored tent is a better option. This one seems like it. unless you want a stove, which isn’t necessary for the temp that time of the year. A floored tent is a good option. If it was me... I would run a floorless but have a nest in it if I wasn’t worried about weight which is essentially a floored tent. Nice thing about this option if you do take the stove is you can be in the tent and dry your gear out Incase of rain and have the nest which is basically a floored tent inside.
 

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haha. This is so true and I run floorless in most cases. we do think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

but in a lot of cases a floored tent is a better option. This one seems like it. unless you want a stove, which isn’t necessary for the temp that time of the year. A floored tent is a good option. If it was me... I would run a floorless but have a nest in it if I wasn’t worried about weight which is essentially a floored tent. Nice thing about this option if you do take the stove is you can be in the tent and dry your gear out Incase of rain and have the nest which is basically a floored tent inside.
Agree with these points. Last year boy hunting we burned dead brush. For a tipi stove it was perfect size, just break w/hands vs sawing. A stove is the bomb for drying out and to knock off the chill. Also enjoy not taking boots off going in&out the tent. Irregular ground is also no problem for the tipi. Head height of tipi for standing, hanging wet socks etc.
 

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We are headed up caribou hunting if the virus does not stop us. We chose to take a Cabelas alaskan guide tent instead of our 8 man Seek tipi. I heard some horror stories about the wind and tipis in caribou country. I’d hate to have wind destroy our shelter. I love the tipi for most hunts but up there we will likely be dropped where we don’t have any windbreak to set the tipi behind.
 
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