Great backpacking tent!

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Jon from Lawrenceville, GA on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I bought this tent in an effort to lighten my load from the 4-man tent I was using. I prefer using a hammock, but my boys like sleeping in a tent, so I had to go with something a bit lighter. The Zenith did not disappoint. Our first trip out was an 11-mile, primarily uphill hike, and I certainly felt the weight difference. Setup was a breeze - my 9 year old had no problem helping me get it together.

Vestibule size is great on both sides - it held both our packs, shoes, and still had room to spare. It was only my oldest son and I and we had plenty of room inside the tent. I can't really say that this would fit 3 adults comfortably, however. It would be quite cramped.

It did rain a bit on us that day while we were out hiking. One side had the rainfly zipped shut and stayed completely dry. The other was left open and rain did get in a little - it was to be expected. There was no breeze where we stayed, so even with both door flaps open, we felt it was a bit stuffy in the tent until later in the night. Can't really blame the tent for lack of airflow. We didn't experience any condensation.

Everything is included with the tent, although I do recommend the optional footprint that can be bought elsewhere. I used a lightweight 5'x7' tarp and it fit well, but I'll eventually get the Zephyr footprint, which will fit this tent. Stakes were decent quality, but you could save some weight going with titanium or aluminum. I'd say you need a minimum of 3 stakes when using this tent (2 for door flaps and 1 for vent guyline.

Everything stuffs well in the included sack and it even included a patch kit. If you strap you poles to your pack, you could probably save some space with a compression sack...I may do this myself so I can pack the tent internally.

Considering what I paid for this tent (I was able to make use of a 60% off and $.99 shipping coupon), I'm more than pleased with my purchase.
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