hey guys welcome back so we made it to this weekend's adventure as you can see over here is the tip of Mount Hood that is the summit right there not too far but I'm gonna lay low around this area so what are we gonna do today we are gonna test out a budget tent a budget for season tent it's the opal is three by nature hike now the reason why I came out to this area where it's kind of open is because I wanted to test its wind resistance right now the winds are not too strong but later this evening the winds are supposed to between 20 to 35 miles per hour but we'll see normally if you do tent camp in the mountains or in the snow you want to be surrounded by trees to kind of absorb the wind and not be blown away by the wind but what I'm doing here today is just testing the wind strength so that is why I'm just in this open area so we got about two hours of sunlight left so what I'm gonna do right now is I'm gonna hustle and set up this tent and I'll get back to you guys now I would like to mention that I did take my jacket off on the way up I just took off that outer layer because I start to sweat and I took a break because you definitely do not want to sweat so that's why layers are very important so underneath I have my base layer again my synthetic mid layer and my outer shell layer which I tied around under the hood of my backpack so yeah also what I'm doing right now is I'm trying to flatten it out instead of having loose snow right under the tent I'm like stomping on it with the snowshoes to make it more compact and solid alright guys so I got this thing all set up now I do have some extra good guidelines so I'm gonna set up in a little bit but since it starting to get dark I'm just gonna go and give you guys a tour right now real quick by the way I just want to give you a little perspective that is the summit of Mount Hood over there not too far actually anyway so as you can see we got this lined out on this side and on this side and then I am gonna attach those guidelines and these additional ones and then I had the doors open right not just for a cross-breeze right now and let's check it out inside so as you can see when I dug it out earlier I had all this space that I'm using so over here I made a seat the foot area is right over here that's dug in deeper this is the optimist stove and we have it attached to the fuel canister over there and I have it upside down because it's gonna be cold and before I go to sleep at night I'm gonna probably bring that into the sleeping bag with me to keep it warm and then in here I have a pot a nonstick pot and then a grab handle for the pot I got my drinks getting cold over here and then this is my cup for the coffee and inside I got something wrapped up in a napkin so that I'm gonna show you guys later it's like my little I guess it's like a little hack for me so stay tuned for that and then my water is over there and then also of course I'm gonna melt the snow if I need more additional water over on that side is my sleeping bag I got my jacket over here and then I got that's my clothes in there I got some batteries my lamp I got an emergency blanket just in case and then I got food in here and I'll show you guys that later when I cook and then just in these pockets I just store like the bags for the tent stakes the tent poles the tent and everything like that and then as for the sleep system here of course I brought a pillow doesn't weigh much doesn't take that much in a pack when I rolled it up and it's comfortable for me and on the outside I have the military steep system gore-tex a big and the reason I brought the gore-tex bivy is because top half is mesh I'm not certain if there's gonna be condensation or if it's gonna leak and if it does leak I don't want it to wet my sleeping bag because my sleeping bag is down so I brought that gore-tex just to shield it from the wetness also if this tent does fail for whatever reason I don't want anything that was Wed up there to make contact with the down sleeping bag so I had this as a layer of protection so underneath the bivi I have my thermo rest insulated sleeping pad and then inside the bivi I also have another air inflatable sleeping pad for additional comfort and then I have my 15 degree down sleeping bag so that is my Sleep System tonight and this should keep me toasty warm right off the bat something I noticed that this tent didn't have that normal forces in tents what should have is a snow skirt so and that I thought of this vestibule there should be a skirt so you can pile snow on top but this one didn't come with it my suggestion to nature hike would be to add snow skirts to this four season tent so that we can pass snow on top and the reason why you want to pile snow on top here is for two reasons one it's to shield the inside vestibule of the tent from snow that's blown in in case there's strong breeze and gusts so when it blows in some types of snow get blown into the vestibule and even into the inner tent so that's what the snow skirt will do if you cover it up with snow and also also when you pass snow like this on top of the vestibule it makes it a little bit more of a stable foundation against wind so if there was no skirt and I didn't put snow up here these vestibule fans would be flapping when there's strong wind gusts so that is just a suggestion all right guys everything's set up I'm getting a little hungry so why don't we cook something yeah all right guys so we got dinner in this bag tonight so let's see what's inside before I show you what's inside I want to talk about what I got in there the theme for tonight is gonna be kind of like budget Korean style cooking we got the Korean ramen here it's a spicy noodle and I get my body temperature up so we got the spicy noodle and then we're gonna have that with single-serving packets of spam then I also got some green onions and this is for later if I after I eat this if I'm still hungry I'm gonna have some beef jerky now this is the very spicy one I love spicy everything so that's what I have for as a snack and then I have a pro bar this is a banana nut bread it's gonna be tomorrow's breakfast remember in that cup earlier in that titanium cup there was that napkin right here now this is a little cam pack type thing that I did now this is for coffee tomorrow so I'm not gonna need this tonight and in this napkin or actually paper towel I've wrapped a brown egg yes I wrapped the brown egg it's not cracked it's all in one piece and I'm gonna add that to tonight's recipe all right so let's get this started let's put this knife away oh yeah by the way the beer today is the suicide squeeze IPA it's a special edition IPA from Fort George and as you guys may know Fort George is one of my favourite breweries and I'm gonna have one of that maybe two we'll see Korea was saying it's similar to bone Appetit we'll say charm Lucas Amiga so in this cold weather we're gonna have some spicy ramen so here's the nighttime setup so that's the seat so where the water is it's lower I dug and deep over there for my feet that's the seat area you can see I'd dug it in so I could just that could be like my backrest and that's about it guys so I guess it's story time this meal today actually was inspired by my friend Kevin so Kevin is a friend I've known for a good amount of time now and he was all into the outdoors and everything like that way before I was and so about eight years low over eight years ago he took me on my very first he took I to the Google bus on our very first backpacking trip and my backpacking trip my first one we hiked to the top of Mount Baldy which is a little over 10,000 feet of elevation and we spent the night at the top of Mount Baldy over there so how we did it was I didn't have any gear because you know I'm still a newbie and I don't have any experience I didn't buy any gear I didn't know what I was getting myself into so I went to REI rented out a backpack a sleeping bag a sleeping pad and then we just drove to Mount Baldy hiked it to the top I also I actually rented out hiking poles hiked to the top and then the way we camped it was at the summit we lay down our sleeping pad and our sleeping bag behind some rocks that were stacked up to deflect the wind and that's pretty much all that's pretty much how we slept that night and it was crazy because you know as a first-time backpacker to experience something like that was a little extreme for me but you know it was a good experience I definitely want to do that again and the meal we had up at the summit before going to sleep was actually spicy ramen or that's what I had anyways and before coming onto this trip I talked to Kevin about it and he you know he had this Instagram story where he made this ramen mixed with a black bean noodles and stuff out of friggin I'm gonna try that but I asked him about it and then eventually basically the conversation led to me making this Korean style ramen at camp tonight so yeah so this is a shout out to Kevin this is a good meal so that is the guy that got me all into the outdoors and backpacking and that was eight years ago time flies man I mean it just felt feels like last year that that's when that happened you know you might think putting spam in a soup like this soup style it's disgusting but know myself and I'm sure other people have tried it this way will tell you that it's freaking delicious especially if you like Spain alright guys just wanted to give you a little update on what's going on so I cleaned up around the tent in my area took off my shoes got inside the tent and in a little bit I'm gonna take off this mid layer the insulating layer and take off my pants I am going to shed this into this my middle weight base layer and go into the sleeping bag oh yeah I almost forgot to mention it's about 30 degrees Fahrenheit a little bit below zero Celsius so if you're wondering what the temperatures like in here so far that's where it's at it's below freezing right now alright guys I woke up a little while back it was still dark out I didn't want to record it inside the tent because I'd have to put the flashlight against my face and it would look like I'm gonna tell a scary story so I oughta to just take some footage out here take some shots and some video and yeah that's about it as you can see it's gorgeous out here in the morning the sleep system worked really well in the tent as you can see it's still in one piece so periodically the wind would gust and blow pretty hard and then when I would grab my camera it would just kind of died down so I try to capture as much as if it much of it as I could but yeah it's just elusive but you know I was hoping for crazy wind storm all night long so I could fully test the capability of this but you know when it comes down to it this tent in winter camping for the most part I guess it's decent I mean now many people are gonna be camping in a in a blizzard usually for a majority of people who need four season tents who are camping out in you know environments like these usually they'll be huddled under between trees and stuff like that and even if not so far it's been capable of withstanding what I've been subjected to so far now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pack up my gear inside take it outside of the tent and I'm gonna put this tent through one other test all right so I can't you guys later all right you can see all right so as you can see for the most part did a good stand-up withstanding the pounding from the snow now realistically when it snows it's not gonna fall in big chunks like that but I just want to take it to the extreme and see how we would handle it as you can see it's a guide out not all the guidelines are guide out even and I try to imagine from the rooftop and because of the shape of this tent it basically just kind of slides it down from the top down the side because of the arch yeah so I know that was very short testing but I'm impressed so basically for right now I will tell you a couple of the cons with this tent one is it didn't have the snow skirt so I had to makeshift like a snow wall and second because there was so much mesh inside in the inner tent the inside of the tent another good job of somewhat retaining heat so if you look at other forces in tents they will somewhat retain heat in the tent because it's all nylon polyester material with barely any mesh but aside from that I really can't say anything else bad about it so far so far so good so this is about six pounds fits three people as you can see the vegetables enormous and when you saw yesterday when I dug inside the vestibule I'm able to stand inside the vestibule area because you know I dug in about three feet down what that said so now I'm gonna pack this one up pack it into my backpack and head back to the trailhead I want to thank you all for joining me all my loyal old subscribers and all the newcomers that have subscribed to my channel welcome I hope you enjoyed this video please feel free to give it a thumbs up if you liked it thumbs down if you did in tell me why I love reading your comments down below I hope you're all having a Happy New Year we have a live stream set at Sunday at five o'clock thanks for joining me again I wish you all the best take care be safe and I'll see you guys next time

Winter Snowshoe Backpacking with a Budget 4-Season Tent – Korean Camp Cook – NatureHike Opalus 3
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27 thoughts on “Winter Snowshoe Backpacking with a Budget 4-Season Tent – Korean Camp Cook – NatureHike Opalus 3

  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Shout out to KEVIN!!!! cheers Ed!!!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    That custom spicy ramen must have been damn good in the snow. Enjoyed the video, thanks Ed!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Its structure looks quite like the Fjallraven's Keb endurance, maybe can't expect it to have similar quality, what ever it much more lighter and price friendly 🤔

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Very cool . I just subscribed

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    how was the condensation inside? was there any leaking or dripping?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Hey Ed, thank you for great one. Very inspiring!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    I would not call any tent with a mesh inner a 4 season. Not to say it's a bad tent. Better ventilation than a true 4 season. I like the fact that you can completely open the back wall. A true 4 season is overkill unless the weather is really bad. This tent is much more versatile. I have a Hillie Nallo GT 3 person but I just ordered this tent for milder conditions, which for me is most of the time.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    I like the boulder size snow fall test lol. Curious about rain…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Hi ed.. i like this video review about opalus tent. Now, brand "naturhike" was happening in my country, indonesia. Because they produce many type of tent, and they making tent with newest fabric and pole. Especially without expensive price. Anyone can enjoying the light and, compact and strong tent.
    Thanx mate 👍

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    I like the brand Naturhike. I have a couple of tents from them myself. Taga and cloud up. But this tent is definetly a 3-season tent. No snowskirt and an inntertent that has way too much mesh, makes it unqualified to be called a 4-season tent. I'm sure its a great 3-season tent but it is not built for winter.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    멋진 곳이네요! 끝내줍니다

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Dang,the ramen looks bomb.😋 nice review i think i might buy that tent.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Is condensation a problem in this tent, I'm thinking of purchasing this one instead of Fjällräven Abisko Endurance 3 because of the price. I just don't get, why the inner tent is all mesh on the upper side. Usually 4 season tents (or any tent that was made thinking of inside condensation) would ideally have a waterproof fabric in top of the inner tent instead of all mesh. I was thinking that I'd sew a removable nylon sheet on top of the inner tent, so any condensation on the outer tent underside would drop on it and not through the mesh… Any thoughts on that? 😁

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Great review Edward. Just snagged myself a Naturehike Opalus 3 in Green for 160USD. Orange color available at 120USD. www.lazada.co.th

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Pretty good stuff. You got a little Shirley Temple look with the head gear.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Thanks for the video, looks like we'll buy one of these :). Any tips on sleep mats for the budget/weight conscious? Currently we're using foam but looking for something a little more comfortable.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Hello Ed: Started Watching your videos when I found one on you and your girlfriend camping out using a REI Kingdom 6 ⛺️ without the garage but using a Mr Heater Buddy and propane tank to heat it in the snow. Said it worked well. I liked that idea especially since I bought one in 2016 and ended up car camping on my own. Was not at all in shape to do that, had expected another 1-2 people who bailed on me. But you see, my problem was weight & age, over 300 lbs and 76 yrs old, 😆 and an emergency space blanket saved me, it got cold at night & I couldn’t get into my barrel mummy bag. Plan to do more camping this summer, getting weight down and maybe get an old man to go with me, lol. Thanks for the videos!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Do you ever get nervous being out there by yourself or even with Katie?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Thanks for the nice review video of this tent.
    And it's quite good to know you're one of Korean.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Hey man. It's great to see a fellow Korean who likes the outdoors and Hiking. Great job 👍!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Liked the review! Very thorough. Love the channel. Bought the tent ⛺

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Can you tell me the new camera you are now using? Canon GX mark II?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Came across your page on my feed and thought it was a good video. Keep it up

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Nice tent I also have one but it cost only USD150 in Hong Kong ! Seems the profit margin of Aliexpress is too high in US.

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