Very good tent for the money

Reviewed by All Seasons from MA on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
This tent is an excellent value; study, well made, and a good design with excellent totally adjustable ventilation. It really is a 4 season tent in that it is comfortable in summer as well as in winter. Also very good in cold windy rain, which is the hardest camping environment. I used it on a ten day spring sea kayaking trip in Alaska where then temps ranged from 40 deg F with blowing rain to 90 deg hot sun and I was always dry and comfortable. Everyone else got soaked and baked.
Why only 4 stars? Well, it is heavy and bulky to pack compared to premium tents, and it is rather slow and complicated to set up. (about 12 min for one person, less for 2) The mesh fabric doesn't seem quite as durable as some other tents, and has gotten a couple small holes for no apparent reason, although these were easily repaired. Although it is technically freestanding, it really isn't because the vestibule has to be staked out. It is a little cramped for 2 people, although doable. I would not want to use it above treeline in a very strong wind because of the slow setup issue, although once up it is totally bomber. So it is not in my opinion the ideal winter camping tent because of this. But if you don't mind the weight you will have a nice bombproof sturdy shelter once it is up. And it is one of the few winter tents that works equally well in summer. I LOVE it for all season sea kayaking/canoe trips because I am always comfortable no matter the weather. Overall a very good all season tent and for the money I haven't found better.
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