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Appy Trails Mark III Tent review
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Pricing backpacking tents can make you feel like you were socked in the stomach by UFC's Brock Lesnar – short of breath. A quality three-season tent can cost over three-bills. The Appy Trails Mark III tent is a low-cost and high-quality choice to leave more in the wallet and a smile on a backpacker’s face.

The Mark III is a two to three-person lightweight backpacking tent. How lightweight? It is less than one and a quarter pounds – 1 pound 2.7 ounces to be exact. How much? It’s less than one hundred dollars - $99.95 to be exact again.

The tent is made of waterproof coated T185 polyester, and all seams are factory sealed. The tensioned fabric decreases the sound caused by heavy winds. Its assembly is quick and easy; requiring only one tent pole, seven stakes, a guy line, and a tension rod. There is even an assembly option to lessen the weight in your backpack if you want to not pack the tent pole. The tent does not come with a footprint, and a ground cloth is required to use as the tent floor.

Appy Trails is a small outdoor product company in Bristol, Tn. that focuses on high quality and low priced backpacking tents. The company is run by Sam Belew who is an Eagle Scout. Sam got re-involved in the mid 1980’s to camping, and started experimenting with tent design and construction.

appy_trails_logoHis experience and experimentation led him to the designs of the two backpacking tents that Appy Trails offers – the Mark III and the Mark V. Sam is Appy Trails. He not only is tent designer, but he is also in charge of manufacturing and provides all customer services for his tents.

Appy Trails’ backpacking tents provides a low cost and high quality option. The Appy Trails Mark III is one of those alternatives; offering a two to three-person waterproof tent for less than one hundred dollars.  It can be purchased through the Appy Trails website.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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