Excellent backpacking tent

Reviewed by The Backpack Maniac from New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
When I opened up the tent, the quality was obvious. No cheap, skinny tent stakes, the guy lines were pre-tied with tensioners, zippers glided easily, without snags and the pole anchors were the right combination of durability and size (for light weight). The tent fabric, especially in the fly, was all seam sealed. The bathtub floor was nice too as it kept the floor seams off the ground. "Guaranteed waterproof" is MH's claim, and I can see why.
Set up was quick (less than 8 mins without directions, fly and stakes included)due to the hubbed poles and "Jakes foot" attachment system. There's plenty of room inside with a narrowing at the foot end for weight savings. Inside height was excellent and I could comfortably sit up anywhere within the first 2/3 of the length of the tent without touching the walls or ceiling. I could easily see 3 people sitting in this tent playing cards on a rainy day very comfortably. The full width pocket at the head end was a nice touch too.
I only have 2 gripes. One, when breaking down the poles you have to play around with the hubs, bent sections and short sections to make them all the same relative length for packing. If you're not paying attention, you'll end up with 2 poles that are a foot longer than the rest and won't fit in the pole sack. Two, the description states that the tent comes with a footprint for a quick pitch option, and mine didn't. A quick call to STP customer service fixed that, though. This company's service is truly first class, just like the Archer 2.
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