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#6114450 - 01/31/12 Seek Outside Specials
Kevin_T Offline
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We will be in Las Vegas this week, at the ISE show that runs alongside RMEF Elk Camp. As a way of saying thanks to the folks on campfire, we want to extend our show sale special to you folks so you can take advantage of the special even though you aren't there in person.

The special is for 3 days only. Feb 2nd thru the 4th. The special sale is 18% off the following items
- 6 and 8 person tipis
- large and extra large wood titanium wood stoves

This is an opportunity for significant savings. This special does not apply to bundles, liners, the medium stove , the BCS or the three person tipi.

To use this special just use the coupon code "ElkCamp12" in the shopping cart at seekoutside.com/



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#6121634 - 02/02/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
Kevin_T Offline
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Bump

Really good deals on the larger tipi's and stoves. Starts tomorrow, ends Saturday.
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#6207241 - 02/22/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
Kevin_T Offline
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Here is a link to our February Update Feb Update

It talks about upcoming shows we will be at (there will be specials during the shows), new products and status and some other items.

Kevin
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#6210104 - 02/23/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
deflave Offline
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Loc: Havre, Montana
Kevin,

Is there a way to view what the specials will be at the show? I may drive down to Missoula.


Travis

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#6210591 - 02/23/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: deflave]
kutenay Offline
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"Little Bugout Shelter" and "12 Man Tipi" sound VERY interesting, am waiting eagerly to see just how these evolve.

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#6210839 - 02/23/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: kutenay]
Kevin_T Offline
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Travis: Special will be on three person and BCS. We will announce it on our mailer as well and make it available the dates of the show over the website. I'm not sure the exact details yet (if it will be tent or tent / stove combo).

Hope to see you there, face time is always nice.

Kutenay: I think people will be very impressed with the little bug out and 12 man. We should be showing the little bug out in the next few days, the 12 man will probably be April.

With the 12 we have a pretty good idea what we want to do with fabric, structure, guyout etc, but we are all ears on features you might like to see. So , by all means shoot us an email. There are a couple of very cool features on the drawing board for it.

Thanks
Kevin
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#6211155 - 02/23/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
deflave Offline
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Thank you sir. Appreciate it.


Travis

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#6211664 - 02/23/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: deflave]
sreekers Offline
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I am looking forward to this sale as well. I am hoping i have everything sold in time.....

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#6214914 - 02/24/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: sreekers]
8SNAKE Offline
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Kevin, are you still kicking around or experimenting with the idea of a heat-reflective fabric or liner for the tipis?

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#6215318 - 02/24/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: 8SNAKE]
Kevin_T Offline
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8SNAKE: Yes there is some testing taking place.
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#6215425 - 02/24/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
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Originally Posted By: Kevin_T
8SNAKE: Yes there is some testing taking place.


Excellent. I look forward to more information about that in the future.

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#6217481 - 02/25/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: 8SNAKE]
DanAdair Offline
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Travis. Text me if you're heading to Zootown. I've already got some vacation time scheduled and a room booked Friday night (and Mary the thick party girl ex GF.)
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#6231271 - 02/28/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: DanAdair]
Kevin_T Offline
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The special for the BCA show will also be available on our Web Site Thur - Sunday.

It is as follows

Save $65.00 on a 3 Person Tipi use coupon code "3p65".
3 Person Tipi Details



The three person is a terrific little tent. The stove jack is not included on the tent, but is easily added and taken off in place of a vent.
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#6233580 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
Take_a_knee Offline
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I'll be ordering a 3-man with a stove jack tommorrow. That is the shelter I've been waiting for.

Kevin, what is the reccomended stove pipe length for the 3-man?

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#6233860 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Take_a_knee]
evanhill Offline
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Loc: Western Colorado
Just spent the weekend in a BCS. Haven't had time to write up my initial impressions yet, but suffice it to say I'm very impressed with Seekoutside construction. These are the best built floorless shelters I've used, with the possible exception of the original (heavy) megamids. Here's a brief video clip of "the morning after"



ETA: The last shelter shown had a compromised pitch due to snow that had softened the previous day causing some stake drift that couldn't be adequately remedied without completely re-pitching the shelter. It did get a rip low on the sidewall in the windstorm.



Edited by evanhill (02/29/12)

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#6234693 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: evanhill]
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I hope you will write a review when you have more time.

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#6234816 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: whizbangdaddy]
Kevin_T Offline
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Pipe length for a three person, 6 ft is fine most cases. You could go 6.5 or 7 if you are planning on using it in other shelters, or just want a bit longer pipe. Our stoves sit a foot up, with the damper they are probably 14" from the ground. The apex of the tipi is about 5'10".
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#6234875 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Kevin_T]
Bushcraft Offline
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Loc: Washington
In the spirit of helping others draw an unbiased comparison from watching that video, what might the Seek Outside shelters have looked like if they were as out in the open and pitched as poorly as the Kifaru obviously was?
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#6236136 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: Bushcraft]
evanhill Offline
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Allen, I know you understood the significance of my "compromised pitch" comment, but you're right that other folks may not have gotten it. So I'll expand on that.

With any of these tipi style shelters, solid stakes are a key part of the integrity of the pitch. That's why I'm such a fan of the military surplus stakes I keep recommending. They do really well in just about any circumstance. It's also why I really like my GoLite Utopia 2. It is a floorless shelter, but the integrity of the pitch doesn't rely on good staking. I've had that 12 man out in equivalent winds to what we experienced this weekend without any significant problems. In fact, it was rock solid when both a 16 man and 24 man had to get rescued from blowing over at the last CO rondy. The difference was my use of military stakes and 9" groundhog knock offs versus durapegs on the tipis that started to blow over. All tipis by the same maker, but the stakes made the difference. Size probably had a little to do with it too.

In the case of the video, the 12 man was in about the worst staking conditions you could ask for. A couple feet of snow that thawed out and turned to mush on a sunny day. Oh, and hard frozen ground below that you couldn't have driven SSTs into. All of the other shelters were pitched in the shade where the snow never thawed. Wind conditions were the same, as the wind was coming from the opposite direction as shown in the video all night long. When we first pitched the 12 man, it was below freezing and we got a good pitch. A couple folks suggested throwing snow around the outside edge of the tipi to solidify that pitch. That method works well and I've used it a bunch in the past. I vetoed that because this 5 year old tipi is very prone to ripping and I'm tired of patching it. Since it ripped in the wind and I've got to patch it anyway, might as well have gone with the snow edge.

The big mistake was not having a full complement of the 12" military stakes. I had 6 of them along with 4 9" ones, and then a bunch of the 9" groundhog knock offs. As the day wore on and we kept re-staking as the stakes drifted, we ended up with 12" mil, 9" mil, 9" groundhog, 12+" durapeg, and wooden firewood splits. The 12" mil and firewood splits resisted drifting the most. The firewood splits were the best performers because they didn't channel heat into the snow and melt around them, but had good holding power. We probably should have replaced every stake with a firewood split. I should note that the only way that it is possible to use firewood splits or mil stakes on that 12 man is because I replaced all of the stake loops with bigger ones out of webbing instead of edge binding. Deadman snow anchors probably would have performed well, but we weren't set up with a bunch of stuff sacks to implement that.

So, how would the SO 8 man tipis have performed out in the mush? They're smaller, and surface area does matter when it comes to wind load. Something to keep in mind when you're thinking about what size shelter to get. Other than that, they would have been just as susceptible to stake drift as any other shelter.

The fabric in the SOs is a lot thicker and stronger, so I wouldn't have expected a rip even with wind buffeting. In fact, here's an interesting anecdote -- one of the SO 8 man tipis was new out of the bag, but had several cuts in the fabric near the cone. (The damage had to have been inflicted during either packing or shipping, and SO replaced it without complaint). At any rate, when it got put up and those cuts were discovered, I thought to myself "those are going to be a lot bigger come morning". This was before the wind really picked up. To my surprise, they were a little frayed around the edges, but hadn't gotten any bigger despite several hours of wind buffeting. I consider that excellent fabric performance.

If I keep this up, I'll have a review written! At any rate, the video wasn't meant as a compare and contrast. It was meant to show how much wind we were getting and so folks could see how these types of shelters generically behave under wind load. At this point, you can also add how they behave with varying pitch qualities as well. Stake selection is absolutely key to pitch quality, and pitch quality is absolutely key to structural integrity.

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#6236227 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: evanhill]
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Excellent. 100% aboveboard response Evan. As usual.
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#6236305 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: evanhill]
sreekers Offline
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So essentially, when used properly, regardless of brand when we are looking into these high end shelters, proper use is of utmost importance. Weird, that would be the case......

Evan, thanks for the information on staking out etc. A BCS is in my future, as well as a Breakaway tarp.

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#6236347 - 02/29/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: sreekers]
kutenay Offline
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What exactly are the ...military stakes... you mentioned and where might one buy some of these?

So far, the best I have found are the 9ish inch steel pins from REI and the Coghlans longer ones with the little orange doodads on their top ends.

I would really like to be able to stake and totally trust my Kifaru 8-man and would like to find some better stakes than those I now have. The stuffsack-deadman method is OK, but, it is not that easy in many conditions and I would prefer stakes.

I have one of the original Chouinard Pyramids made even before the Megamids were introduced and it is very stout, but, mine is worn on the bottom edges with the polyurethane peeling a bit and it is that depressing dark blue, which I really dislike.

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#6237423 - 03/01/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: kutenay]
Diyelker Offline
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I have a tipi myself, but I'm still learning exactly how to and how not to pitch it. I'm also curious about the stakes that you like so well. Do you have a link? Also I'd be interested in some info on the do's/dont's of pitching. It just seems hit or miss for me to get it right. When I do, it's great, but I've never really pinned it down as to what I'm doing wrong when it's not taught when standing. Also setting up on a bit of a slope seems to throw me off a little too. Tips?
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#6237426 - 03/01/12 Re: Seek Outside Specials [Re: kutenay]
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Evan,

You are spot on as far as the importance of staking. I also like the Coghlans knockoffs as well as MSR Groundhogs and I just picked up some of the new MSR Cyclone stakes. At 10" with the twist pattern they should hold very well.
http://www.rei.com/product/829839/msr-cyclone-tent-stakes-4-pack

An important pice with stakes, is to pound them into ground leval or slightly below when ever you can. That is why I carry a variety of stakes and lengths as the ground can vary in a single pitch.
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