Ideal tent for solo and couple backpacking

Reviewed by Jon from Vermont on Saturday, August 31, 2013
My first outing with this tent turned out to be a good test: an all-night thunderstorm. Coupled with an aftermarket Tyvek ground cloth, the Ajax was a champ. We got a stray drip or two as the rain fly became totally saturated, but nothing so bad as to make us remotely damp. The tent floor remained bone dry, and ventilation was adequate on a 60º night. If you plan to use this in a very hot climate, however, you might want to seek a tent with some vents built into the rainfly. Without the rain fly, the tent offers almost no privacy, but outstanding ventilation and a great view of the stars. Tying the rainfly door back to the extra anchor points provided along the fly's exterior splits the difference nicely, but offers no real rain protection. The ample vestibule space is an outstanding feature. The tent is a breeze to erect and easy to strike-- I'd say about three minutes each way, even with the fly and stakes. The stuff sack is large enough that you don't need surgical-precision to get it put away, which is a welcome touch. Build quality is very good, but very gossamer, so care must be taken if you want it to last (as with any lightweight tent).

Space is great for solo applications, and my wife and I were very comfortable in here. I don't know if I would share it with a buddy, though-- it is pretty tight for two. I am 6'1 and the length was fully adequate for me to lie down flat, and the height allowed me to sit up straight without hitting the ceiling.

Overall, I am very happy with this tend and recommend it without reservation at this price. It is a very smart design for a 1-2 person backpacking tent that is very nicely executed.
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