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Tackling the age-old questionAt the end of every outdoor adventure, you're confronted with an inscrutable dilemma: Do you stuff, roll, or fold your tent into its stuffsack? Poll your fellow hikers and you'll see everyone has a technique and a reason for why theirs is the best. Challenge them, and you might get a tent pole in the eye.
How about you? Are you a stuffer, roller, or folder? Tell us in the poll, and tell us why in the comments!
Big Agnes: When I’m backpacking I’ll stuff the tent. I usually pack the poles and stakes separately from the tent. When I’m car camping I loosely fold then roll.
EMS: Roll for storage, stuff in the field.
Kelty/SD: I roll my personal tent - it packs better in my pack (less bulk) and looks a little better when set up (I am a tent guy, so I want my tent to look good!).
Mountain Hardwear: Roll, religiously.
MSR: I usually roll my tents, but if they are wet or if I am in a hurry, I just stuff them.
Nemo: I always stuff my tents. It’s faster, easier, and most importantly – better for the tent.
The North Face: I stuff while out and stuff depending on weather. I roll once I clean and put the tent away.
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