Originally Posted by blb078
I'm getting ready to buy a pack, tent, & sleeping bag for my first backpacking elk hunt in the fall. While I don't have a problem buying some of the expensive items that are made by some of the more well known companies such as Big Agnes, Mont Bell, Eberlestock, etc. I keep wondering how much different their items are compared to a company like Kelty, Eureka, or companies similar to them who make the the same items I'm getting ready to buy at a much cheaper price. I don't have an problem spending the extra money but is a BA tent is really going to keep me dryer or stand up better to the weather than a Kelty or Eureka tent, same when it comes to bags, and packs. Based on some of the reviews I see of the mid rage brands their items aren't that bad. So I guess what I'm asking in the end is it really worth it for me to buy the more expensive items?
Where are you going elk hunting? What time of the year? If you are looking at September-Early October, I wouldn't get a tent. I would go with a Hennessy Hammock. 1000% more comfortable than sleeping on the ground and about 10% of the weight of even the lightest tent.
The Eureka Alpenlite 2XT person is a 4-season tent that will take about anything thrown at it and Eureka has a factory second online shop
. You can sometimes pick one up very cheap. Usually just a paint spot or something on the tent.
I use two Marmot sleeping bags. Early fall, I use the Sawtooth 20 degree and later, I'll go with the Never Summer 0 degree. Both are down, light and pack real small.
If you have any specific questions, ask away. Most all my hunting is backpack hunting in Western Montana and Idaho.