simonineaston wrote: no other tent maker seems to prompt so much comment by so many people on the subject of value vs. quality!
That isn't surprising is it? It's a lot more money than other tents that people regard as good quality. We're talking about a piece of material stretched over some aluminium poles, with a few bits of string attached. As with bikes once you get above the not fit for purpose ones, it's easy enough to see how one could be two or three times better than another, but harder to see how one could be seven or eight time more. I've only ever owned two lightweight camping tents, a £60 Coleman and a £220* Terra Nova, I like the design on the TN and it's half a kilo lighter, but it's hard to see how it is 4 time better, and beyond me to see how any tent could be 4 times better again.
Value is typically perceived as bangs per buck, and that's where "it costs twice as much, is it twice as good?" comes from, but of course the reality is you're finding a point up the steepening curve of diminishing returns where you can justify the plain more bangs.
What does "4 times better" in a tent actually mean
? The thing you're looking at is "does my touring experience improve with X?" (where X may be a bike, panniers, tent, stove, raincoat etc. etc.) and could it be improved more
if I spent my available money some other way? Compare and contrast V brakes vs. Hydraulics. V brakes have all the stopping power you need and tend to come free with the bike, so why upgrade? You can't know whether it's worth it to you, personally, without trying both.
When we replaced my Saunders Snowcat with the Kaitum we already had the Snowcat, so it was free, so any replacement on the bangs/buck scale is immediately up against trouble! And it did the job. But my wife didn't really like
it (she wanted more inner and less porch), and by the expedient of selling off a pile of collectable games I was never going to play again we had a pretty good budget. So we got the thing we qualitatively liked
the most. It wasn't a case of it being a "9.3" tent at so much money giving a value of X bangs/buck against this being 1.3X bangs per buck, but we just liked it more. Once the money's gone you've got still the tent (or bike, etc.) for years.
If you regard the tent as a place to park your sleeping bag for a few hours before moving on then it probably makes sense to concentrate the budget elsewhere. But not everyone sees things from that perspective.
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