Really impressed so far!

Reviewed by Hiker Chick from Cambridge, MA on Sunday, January 17, 2010
I haven't gotten a chance to try this tent in the field yet because it's too cold here, but I'm just dying to use it. I bought it on an impulse because the price was right, and it is almost identical in weight and footprint size to another, big name tent I used last season. I bought this one because of a few potential design improvements over the one we have. First, the head height shift over the HEAD! Brilliant idea. The tent feels much more spacious, like a real place to hang out, not just a cramped cave for sleeping. Also, this model has full fly coverage over the tent body and vestibules, whereas our other tent was partial fly and got very cold on late-season NH mountain nights. This seems like a lot MORE tent for the weight and for the price. There are also some cool little details that show that someone thought the whole design through (the velcro closure fly vent has an integrated prop stick, the pole tips detach to allow easier disassembly and replacement of the pole elastic at home if it goes slack, the repair kit and patches are included). If your weather allows a flyless pitch, the tent body is all screen and would feel like being out under the stars, but without the annoying bugs.
The only things we wonder about are how the pre-bent pole design that allows the improved headroom will stand up to high winds, should they occur, and whether the screen door could potentially snag on the zipper and tear. Also, I was a little annoyed at first to see the short fabric sleeves for the poles at the top (instead of only clips), but I suspect the manufacturer did that for a reason, just like everything else! Overall, this tent looks well-designed, and I think it's going to be a huge improvement.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Hiking
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Set Up, Lightweight
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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