Design genius in the details

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Big Bald Backpacker from Santa Cruz, CA on Monday, May 18, 2009
I'm impressed with the well-designed details of this tent--the included gear loft, well placed stretchable transparent panels at the top of each door, the additional velcro pole attachment points (that can be fastened after setting the tent up), ample outside guy points for adding additonal lines if the wind blows hard--making for a stronger and more rigid pitch. I purchased the 3-person model, and the modest weight penalty over the 2-person size is worth it--quite spacious and comfy for two (though the 2 person model would probably be okay for 2 consenting adults. The included guy lines feature line tighteners, there are 3 color-matched fabric swatches for repair patches if needed: The designers of this tent have done their homework. The stitching on my tent is even, about the ideal 12 stitches per inch, well bar-tacked where needed. Main design minus I noted is the need for a guy line pull out on the center of the fly at the foot of the tent to increase the chimney effect of the well thought out high-low venting system of this tent.(An easily made modification if you a gear fiend, as I am.) Purchased on sale, this tent was a steal, and an excellent value quite competitive with all the big name tent makers (Sierra Designs, North Face, REI: I own and use tents from all of them!)
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Car Camping
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Set Up, Fly Works Well, Lightweight, Sturdy, Waterproof
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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