Rothorn 2

Reviewed by Nanook from TN on Friday, June 21, 2013
I purchased a Rothorn 2 for a 2 week stay in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. My old tent was a 37 yr old V25 dome tent that the urethane waterproofing coating was becoming compromised. I was looking for a similar replacement in design and function. The Rothorn 2 is a narrow dome but enough room for 2 unlike some 2 man tents that are sized for 2 children.
The tent arrived and was setup to find that the rain fly was missing and it took a week with multiple daily phone calls to finally receive the missing fly. The tent is a little on the heavy side for a 2 person, but keep in mind that it is a 4 season tent and built to take a beating. As a canoe trip tent, my concern was only for the long portages between lakes.
After paddling and 2 portages into the lake we setup camp in time for a long drenching rain. The Rothorn 2 was solid and dry. The bugs, yes, lots of bugs were kept out except when the screen doors were used to enter or exit. The side pockets and the top pockets were handy to keep the tent organized. The rain fly clips into the tent at strategic locations to increase the sturdiness of the structure. This concept would prove durable in high wind conditions. There are 2 colours available, red and yellow. I chose red for cooler climates and to help evaporate any condensation build up when the sun comes up, I feel the yellow colour would be more appropriate for warmer climates to help prevent overheating in mid day sun. At night the tent stayed 10-15 F warmer than the outside temp when buttoned up.
The tent assembly is only supplied with enough ground stakes for the tent perimeter and rain fly vestibule. They are not provided for the guy ropes to secure the rain fly for windy conditions. If you want to fully deploy the tent for windy conditions, you will need additional stakes. For the price and reputation of the company this is my only negative comment.
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