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[MEC] MEC spark 1-2p tent 36-40% off (very warm)

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[MEC] MEC spark 1-2p tent 36-40% off (very warm)

MEC has a very warm / hot deal for their Spark 1 person and 2 person tent on clearance. High quality equipment such as tents and sleeping bag rarely have deals at all, 15% at best. This is 36-40% depending if you choose 1-2 person tent.

1 person = 173.97$ (reg : 289.95$) 40% off
2 person = 249.57$ (reg : 389.95$) 36% off

Link : https://www.mec.ca/en/brand/mec/product ... nclearance

Note 1 : This is a cold deal if you do car camping. Light and ultralight tents are used by thru-hikers, section hikers, week-end warrior, bike tourer, etc. It is probably less durable/waterproof than a cheap tent.

Note 2 : I am 6'2'' and I thru-hiked the AT in a 1 person tent (fly creek). Don't be afraid if you're a tall person like me. Your pack and shoes will stay in the vestibule.

Note 3 : A 2 person tent is good for 1 person with extra room or a couple for a short period (1-2 weeks). It is small but then again, very light weight/person ratio. I cycled the Cabot Trail with a friend and I had to go with a regular mat, since a long neoair xlite is longer/wider.
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Good deal. THese are great alternatives to the BA Flycreek tent, which are about double the price here in Canada. MEC makes quality stuff.
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Would something like this be sufficient for doing the west coast trail? Also, would you go for a 1P or 2P if doing the WCT solo?
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Prezbot wrote: Would something like this be sufficient for doing the west coast trail? Also, would you go for a 1P or 2P if doing the WCT solo?
I always prefer a bit more space, but if you count every ounce, like some people do then go for 1p. Also consider the packed size
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What’s with the down votes ??

Like Najibs points out - BA is premium priced - and this is a good alternative.

MEC I think still has their try it out and buy if you like it from their rental section - when you purchase it you’ll get a slight discount.

MEC is generally great with their warranties and helpful staff when you’re at the retail locations to boot.
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LaurentD88313 wrote: High quality equipment such as tents and sleeping bag rarely have deals at all, 15% at best.

That's really not true. Lots of high quality tents are often on sale for up to 50% off. Look at Sail, Atmosphere, Mec, etc.

Go on sail.ca right now and there are quality brands like MSR, Eureka, etc. with sales of >15%
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bigtuna99 wrote: That's really not true. Lots of high quality tents are often on sale for up to 50% off. Look at Sail, Atmosphere, Mec, etc.

Go on sail.ca right now and there are quality brands like MSR, Eureka, etc. with sales of >15%
Yeah, but usually not on ultralight gear. Ultralight is very niche.
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najibs wrote: Yeah, but usually not on ultralight gear. Ultralight is very niche.

You didn't mention ultralight in your original comment; you said "high quality equipment such as tents and sleeping bags..." so I was just clarifying that's not the case :)
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bigtuna99 wrote: You didn't mention ultralight in your original comment; you said "high quality equipment such as tents and sleeping bags..." so I was just clarifying that's not the case :)
I never said that. Someone else typed that. You're failing here Sherlock Holmes :lol:
Either way, MEC gear is high quality, backed by a good warranty. Finding brand name ultralight gear at this price point is not usual. It's a great deal.
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najibs wrote: I never said that. Someone else typed that. You're failing here Sherlock Holmes :lol:
Either way, MEC gear is high quality, backed by a good warranty. Finding brand name ultralight gear at this price point is not usual. It's a great deal.

Looks like you're right, you are not the thread creator! lol

So I still stand by my first comment in response to the thread creator, high quality tents do go on sale for up to 50% off all the time

And then like you said, for the people looking for the niche ultralight gear, this is a good deal
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LaurentD88313 wrote: MEC has a very warm / hot deal for their Spark 1 person and 2 person tent on clearance. High quality equipment such as tents and sleeping bag rarely have deals at all, 15% at best. This is 36-40% depending if you choose 1-2 person tent.

1 person = 173.97$ (reg : 289.95$) 40% off
2 person = 249.57$ (reg : 389.95$) 36% off

Link : https://www.mec.ca/en/brand/mec/product ... nclearance

Note 1 : This is a cold deal if you do car camping. Light and ultralight tents are used by thru-hikers, section hikers, week-end warrior, bike tourer, etc. It is probably less durable/waterproof than a cheap tent.

Note 2 : I am 6'2'' and I thru-hiked the AT in a 1 person tent (fly creek). Don't be afraid if you're a tall person like me. Your pack and shoes will stay in the vestibule.

Note 3 : A 2 person tent is good for 1 person with extra room or a couple for a short period (1-2 weeks). It is small but then again, very light weight/person ratio. I cycled the Cabot Trail with a friend and I had to go with a regular mat, since a long neoair xlite is longer/wider.
Are you saying that it is a light tent and that it is less waterproof than a cheap tent? The specs show 3000mm for the fly and 5000mm for the floor. My tent is rated at 2000/2500 and it can almost withstand a torrential rainfall. Specs are the best I've seen if true. Might consider it. Thanks for the heads up
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Prezbot wrote: Would something like this be sufficient for doing the west coast trail? Also, would you go for a 1P or 2P if doing the WCT solo?
Hi Prezbot,
I hiked the WCT in 2016 with a MSR Elixir 2 which is super heavy. I also had jeans and nonsense items since I was traveling to Vancouver and Seattle after the hike. So yes, it is definitely a great tent for the WCT, Long Trail, AT, PCT, and so on.
Happy trails
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Is there any reason to buy this if you are only planning on tenting out of a car?
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sushitaco wrote: Are you saying that it is a light tent and that it is less waterproof than a cheap tent? The specs show 3000mm for the fly and 5000mm for the floor. My tent is rated at 2000/2500 and it can almost withstand a torrential rainfall. Specs are the best I've seen if true. Might consider it. Thanks for the heads up
Hi sushitaco,
I have a Nemo Hornet 2p which is rated 1200mm on both fly and floor IIRC. I had torrential rain last summer on the Cabot Trail and we were completely dry. I was preparing to be flame by some users who would say "it's expensive and less waterproof than my coleman tent". Some tents are rated 8000mm so I just wanted to be clear upfront, expensive tents does not automatically means it's more durable and/or more waterproof. It often means lighter ;)
Happy trails!
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nicolascon wrote: Is there any reason to buy this if you are only planning on tenting out of a car?
No reason at all, like I said on note 1, it's a cold deal for car camping because the benefit of this tent is lightweight.

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