Reviewed by SP from Texas on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I will be using this tent for myself during Boyscout campouts. I used it for the first time last weekend for a 2 night campout. The tent is easy to set up and it's nice that it comes with a footprint. The materials seem adequate. However, the first "oh that's a bummer" moment came when I realized that the footprint does not have a buckle system, and I was tricked into thinking it did by the pictures and the description on Sierra Trading Post's web site. The footprint only has a grommet system. Therefore, the tent poles go into the tent grommet, then into the footprint grommet. But when it comes time to put the rain fly on, you have to loop the corner straps of the rain fly under the footprint grommets, and the stick the tent pole through the rain fly grommet. The problem is that there is barely enough pole sticking through the 3 stacked grommets (tent grommet, footprint grommet, and rain fly grommet) to keep the rain fly straps in place - this is why buckle systems were created! The three grommet system is not a good system because the rain fly straps can easily come undone. This will invariably happen during a windy rain event, in the middle of the night.
The other design flaw is that the rain fly only has stake out loops on the vestibule sides. There are no stake out loops on the other two sides! So this allows the non-vestibule sides to remain slack and to touch against the tent walls. How hard is it to put two stake out loops on the rain fly?? Clearly the manufacturer (Mountain Hardwear) has cut some corners on these two design flaw issues. Some people might not care or even notice but these little details can make or break the tent's performance.