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Old 05-31-2019, 08:29 PM #1
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Love Tents? Why? Hate Tents? Vent Your Reasons!

Grow tents have been around for a while now, and as a result they've gone through a lot of changes. What changes have you seen which were good ones, which features do you wonder about or wish would go away?

I'm curious how many of you actually have ducting coming in through the top of your tent? I mean, personally I don't even have ceiling height for getting ducting up there. lol Still, I can see how it would be helpful running multiple tents in a large room.

What features do you love?

Which ones do you wish would disappear forever?

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what i love: i can go in and disassembling is easy.
what i hate: zippers, the weight when its packet, when sth. cant get fixed you can throw too much waste unusable away
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Yes, quick take down is great They're light and easily moved.

Ugh, the zippers. Have to be careful bumping them when not completely unzipped. Once you bump/stress it, you'll always feel where the teeth are messed up there as you zip past it. You're correct, the whole tent is useless if a zipper gets munged in one spot. Lots of waste there.


What about height?
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- You lose several inches all around due to the negative pressure sucking the walls inwards

+ they help to keep sound contained
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Yes, quick take down is great They're light and easily moved.

Ugh, the zippers. Have to be careful bumping them when not completely unzipped. Once you bump/stress it, you'll always feel where the teeth are messed up there as you zip past it. You're correct, the whole tent is useless if a zipper gets munged in one spot. Lots of waste there.


What about height?
I wish they made them taller. I find with a 600w hid, and a RDWC system raised up I have very little height. Gorilla tents are nice they have extensions you can buy but they’re not cheap. Using a secret jardin currently.

I also have a vivio sun and like the way it goes together better. It uses spring loaded ball detents instead of plastic pieces to hold the tubes. It leaks more light though...
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- You lose several inches all around due to the negative pressure sucking the walls inwards

+ they help to keep sound contained
You'll love it when nobody cares about the smell any longer. I use positive pressure and 'gain' a few extra inches as the sides bow outward. You're very correct on the neg pressure situation for sure.

Sound is a biggie for sure, even if stealth is not a concern. I know a lot of people who have trouble sleeping with noise like hydro systems and whatnot all the time.

I have a DR120 and the height thing is just weird. With the new LED panels coming out, there's almost a foot of extra space which does help. Unfortunately for me, my ceilings are barely above the top. lol I'm guessing the Gorilla extension consists of short extension poles and a zipper extended top?

Ugh, cheap poles :( Don't get me started, but my dislike goes way past grow tents and all the way back to camping tents. lol

Light leaks are a pet peeve of mine. Why call it a dark room tent if it's not dark. Seriously!! lol Seams, zippers, velcro patches, pinhole sidewall leaks...
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I wish they made them taller. I find with a 600w hid, and a RDWC system raised up I have very little height. Gorilla tents are nice they have extensions you can buy but they’re not cheap. Using a secret jardin currently.

I also have a viviosun and like the way it goes together better. It uses spring loaded ball detents instead of plastic pieces to hold the tubes. It leaks more light though...
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i started with a 2 x 4 Mars-Hydro tent & upgraded to a 4 x 4 Gorilla with extension for my 2nd grow. The extra height is perfect - it just fits the 8' ceiling assembled. The Gorilla seems to be thicker material & the zippers are much, much better. I wish they used better glue (or stitching) on the Velcro sealing strips though because they tend to peel off after a while.
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Ive been using tents for about ten years. You can't beat the portability aspect. I'm currently setting them up in a new location after a change in residence. Thankfully, no issues with zippers.

Started with a SJ DR80.
It's the oldest at 10 years.
Main gripe is the size of the ports are smallish, ~5 inches. Even a small tent should accept 6" ducting. It's held up well over the years, with no issues other than the Velcro strips getting "tired".

Other ones are SJ DR120's.
A little over 8 years on the oldest of these. Vents are better at 6", but for this size tent, I'd prefer 8".
One of them had a few pinhole leaks where the metallizing on the inside seemed thin, but not a problem.

All in all, I'm happy with them. They've surprised me. At first I was concerned about the way the corners were put together with the plastic pieces, but no issues yet, and I hang a good bit of weight from the top, too.
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