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mountainmachine

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Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent?

Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent or tarp?

I've been rolling my tent for years, but have seen advice that stuffing it is better for it.  And allows it to be packed down smaller.  I stuff just about everything else.

What do you guys think?

 

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Buffy

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Buffy says:

Re: Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent?

I roll it, wouldn't be able to get it in the bag otherwise.

terrybnd

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terrybnd says:

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If I'm using my LC I'll roll or stuff it. Depends on the size of rucksack I'm using.

My other tents I'll roll and place the pegs and poles elsewhere...ie, strapped to the pack.

It can save space and all that...just depends on the size and accessories etc on ya pack and time of year.

eg, in the winter, I'll roll the tents mostly, due to pack being filled with winter gear

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ptc

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ptc says:

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You're better to stuff it, less chance of repeating folds and creases every time you pack it and getting consequent damage to the fabric.

A stuffed package molds to a rucksacks shape better as well, taking up nooks and crannies and giving you more space for doughnuts.

Andy Say

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Andy Say says:

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I am an inveterate stuffer.  I think that's what they said.........

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aultguish

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aultguish says:

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Most of the time I will stuff.

If I am going to be pitching at night tho, then I make sure and roll it up in a certain way, so that it all rolls out properly and can be put up easily in the dark, with or without a headtorch.

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Russ Mills

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Russ Mills says:

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I stuff stuff.

(Mostly, its a bit hard to do with a Thermarest)

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Jordanesq

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Jordanesq says:

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I roll it.....does it really damage the tent? My tent has quite rigid venting arms so stuffing it wouldnt work.

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MickH

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MickH says:

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I roll every time. Groundsheet folded to groundsheet to keep muck off the main tent body

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hightops

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hightops says:

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Depends on the weather and how quick I wanna get in the bloody car

Me !! annoyingly over enthusiastic?? I really dont know what you mean! errrrrrrrrrrrrr and no I'm not going to change so ner ner ner mwah my butt x
showerswalk

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showerswalk says:

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Always had you down as a stuffer HTx

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Re: Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent?

 Hi

I roll so I can unroll it easily without having to untangle it all in the rain and spend ages getting wet before I can pitch it.

If it is raining during striking then I might stuff it though just to save time.

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mountainmachine

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Re: Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent?

I do like the old roll and ground sheets in position etc.  But as you say when its wet its get it down and away as fast and as dry as possible.  The damage to fabric is something some people say happens and others don't, i have no idea.  Stuffing certainly increases the wrinkly effect, and i could barely get my stuffed tarp back in it's bag the other day, but rolling it I could.  Although once in when stuffed it compressed down at a smaller size.

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GrahamThompson

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Re: Do you stuff, roll or fold your tent?

 Hi

You could in theory put more stress on the fabric if you stuff it as some material would be under more tension as it it gets stuffed.

Unless you are ultra-careful I suspect that any folds that happened during rolling would not be in the same place each time anyway, so I would say it is unlikely that folds would develop that were weak.

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twiglegs

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twiglegs says:

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As i mostly use my laser comp i have to roll it, i just cant trust myself not to lose the two small end poles if i take em out plus it's bloody fiddly putting em back in next time i pitch it, especially in the dark, i could do it when i get home but i'd forget.

what do you do with your comp terry. ?

 

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twiglegs said:

As i mostly use my laser comp i have to roll it, i just cant trust myself not to lose the two small end poles if i take em out plus it's bloody fiddly putting em back in next time i pitch it, especially in the dark, i could do it when i get home but i'd forget.

what do you do with your comp terry. ?

 

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Hi

Terry said he rolls it or stuffs it higher up on this thread.

Yes in situ items can get even more complicated to untangle if it is only stuffed. 

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twiglegs

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twiglegs says:

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I meant does he stuff his comp as well and does he remove the poles or just leave them in there and just stuff the tent around them.

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dave_mck

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dave_mck says:

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Personally, I fold, roll and then stuff

So many hills and not enough time......
Andy Say

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Andy Say says:

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Face off at dawn; langdale campsite.  Rollers v Stuffers.  Prizes for first tent away and pack on, individual; mixed doubles speed event; a novelty handicap challenge when you have to pack and erect someone else's tent and a team trial where all tents have to be in the pack, back out and erected within ten minutes to score points.  Team with the highest points tally wins and is totally vindicated.

Tent ironing facilities to be provided.....

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Andy Say

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Andy Say says:

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twiglegs said:

I meant does he stuff his comp as well and does he remove the poles or just leave them in there and just stuff the tent around them.

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I understand that many have told him to stuff his comp......

 

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BikerFool says:

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Andy Say said:

Face off at dawn; langdale campsite.  Rollers v Stuffers.  Prizes for first tent away and pack on, individual; mixed doubles speed event; a novelty handicap challenge when you have to pack and erect someone else's tent and a team trial where all tents have to be in the pack, back out and erected within ten minutes to score points.  Team with the highest points tally wins and is totally vindicated.

Tent ironing facilities to be provided.....


 

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Ang

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Ang says:

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Don't encourage us Andy, you know we're big enough geeks as it is!

 

My prize will be the 'make do and mend' one, for top-class improvisation every time I manage to break something else on my tent :)

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Andy Say says:

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Ang said:

Don't encourage us Andy, you know we're big enough geeks as it is!

 

My prize will be the 'make do and mend' one, for top-class improvisation every time I manage to break something else on my tent :)

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Riiiiight on!!!!  Speed extreme sewing!  You have a meter of flysheet seam to repair as a severe depression comes sweeping in from the Atlantic.  Staple guns not allowed.  That's in the schedule for certain alongside the find the missing tent peg competition, tossing the tent-pole and chasing the tent bag.

It's the Camping Olympics we're talking about here

 

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ades

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ades says:

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I used to roll,but now i stuff.

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terrybnd

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terrybnd says:

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ades said:

I used to roll,but now i stuff.

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 How the hell did you find this, Ades? 

No changes from me - I still stuff my tent. Saves space in ya pack every time.

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 this site is pants I've been chucked out 3 times!!!!!!

 

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