Reviewed by Ian from Chicago on Thursday, June 5, 2014
I got this tent 3 years ago as a replacement to a 4 person Sears tent I used throughout college to car camp. It's been on backpacking trips along the pacific coast in Olympia National Park (5 nights) and in Daniel Boone Forest (2 nights). I've also used it as my primary car camping tent since it's very comfortable for my wife and I to sleep in. I'm 6' and shes 5'10'', both athletic builds, and we've got plenty of room to sleep. It's definitely snug for much more than sleeping though, but due to the sloped design you're able to sit up with plenty of head room which is nice for changing closes and eating the odd meal when it's raining out. Each vestibule (on either side) is big enough to fit a full sized backpack and shoes, but the backpacks due tend to lean up on the tent and have gotten splashed by rain coming up underneath the fly. Also, even though I've treated the seams and sprayed the entire fly with heavy duty water repellent, there are always a couple spots where water drips from the fly during heavy rain storms. This isn't the end of the world and for the most part we stay dry, but it can be a little like water torture during prolonged storms. As far as durability goes, this tent has held up great. Everything looks pretty much as it did when it was new. The only repair, which happened recently, was a tear in one of the vestibule windows along the zipper seam. Not sure how it happened, but the clear plastic material does seem to be losing it's strength over time. Overall it's been a good first backpacking tent, but will probably upgrade to something with less mesh, a better rain fly and maybe a little lighter for my next one.
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