great bargain, but not perfect

Verified Buyer Reviewed by MonsieurLeblanc from Uppsala, Sweden on Thursday, June 16, 2011
I needed a good 1 and 2 person tent, and this fits the bill. First I'll discuss the size. Two people is a tight fit, but you each have a door and vestibule, so it's perfectly manageable. One other person and I used this for 10 days, and we had just enough room for our bodies in the tent with some clothes and essentials stuffed between us and at the end of the tent. Our backpacks (large 65-75 liter packs) and boots went in the vestibule outside and were completely shielded from the rain that fell upon us. One person is nice and roomy, a little too roomy to be honest. For me, it's the perfect minimalist 2 person tent, or a comfy 1 person tent. I used it as such for 10 days in Scotland. The trip was very wet and pretty cold, so we tested it pretty well I'd say.

Now for the performance. This thing survived some nasty ridge winds and lots of rain multiple nights. The rainfly is a bit funky, but stretched and staked properly it will move water away from the tent. The zippers operate smoothly once you notice the one spot where it tends to grab the surrounding fabric. The construction is solid all around, and the tent is quite sturdy as a result. It's also quite easy to setup. Furthermore, it is pretty lightweight considering the price and size.

It's no ultra-nice Marmot or REI tent though, so there are a few minor flaws. One night we had an issue with water pooling in a triangular section at the top of the tent. This resulted in the occasional drop of water coming into the tent. It's a design flaw I'd say - it simply needs to be sloped more in that area. However, other nights we didn't have a problem, but it definitely is a potential problem you'll be fighting with this tent. The rain fly collects condensation. Not a ton, but enough to annoy you. I don't know if this is avoidable with some magical expensive fabric, but if you're used to a tent that doesn't collect condensation, it may bug you.

And that's it. Considering the price/performance ratio, I am super pleased. I'll be continuing to use this tent.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Mountaineering
  • Cons: Collects Condensation, Leaky
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Set Up, Fly Works Well, Lightweight, Sturdy, Waterproof, Windproof
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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