Reviewed by Charles Forbin from Tennessee on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
After doing a ton of research and consulting with friends who are serious outdoorsmen, I decided on this Mountain Hardwear tent. It's a highly respected brand which is obviously earned by years of producing quality products. Besides the build quality, I was attracted to this tent because it included features like the footprint, gear loft, dual doors, and 2-pole construction. Just having to purchase the footprint from a retailer would have added at least $40. Although I believe all versions of the Drifter come with a gear loft, most tents don't--so that's about another $30 value. I won't belabor the points about the quality or type of construction; there's ample testimony on the internet attesting to both this brand and this tent's virtues in these areas--my experience with the tent has been similarly positive--very well constructed...from taped seams, to dryness, to design...it's a solid tent. That said, here are some complaints. The tent has no real instructions included and it can be confusing. The manufacturer has an updated model with some changes that they have videos on hos to pitch, but the design changes render the video only partially helpful. Having watched the video before receiving the tent, I was able to figure everything out fairly quickly, but not including useful instructions is inexcusable. That said, on my second time practicing putting it up, I was able to do so in about 7 minutes (solo). On my first outing it went up even quicker, and the tear-down is similarly rapid. Kudos to STP for providing such a great value; I was able to pick up this tent at 1/3 the price I would have had to pay locally....plus they beat every other internet retailer in price & service too.