Good tent with serious rain problems

Reviewed by Hillary from Texas on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
It's a good tent. For the price, it's an excellent tent. But it has a massive design flaw. The black triangle in the photo is a flat spot in the rain fly. It collects water and then sags, allowing more water to pool. In a downpour, you end up with a massive puddle of water above you. Not the greatest design. My first long camping trip with it, I discovered this flaw in conjunction with poorly-sealed seams. The two problems together made for a very sleepless night of water torture (thanks to the placement of the triangle, it drips on your head...). The tent is also a bit on the heavy side and it packs down a little too learge for comfortable backpacking, but the weight to price ratio is excellent, so I'm not holding that against it. Those complaints aside, the tent has several positive attributes. The tent has good venthilation and any condensation on the fly tends not to hit the mesh sidewall. It is a very fast pitch and is durable and comfortable. The green of the fly is nice and blends well with foliage so it has a nice natural feel. The all-mesh upper makes for some great stargazing and is great for stifling heat--used it in the Chihuahua and Sonoran Deserts, and the airflow was a real blessing. In sum, it's a great tent for many situations, but be proactive and hit the fly with an extra coat of seam sealer or you'll hate it after the first good thunderstorm...and don't expect to do too many multi-day treks with it (you'll have to choose between the tent and water).
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