Super-light & roomy (for 2 adults) relatively easy to assemble (after the first time... see below)
Reviewed by Joe Blow from San Fran Bay Area on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I haven't had it out in the elements yet, but I do trust Mountain Hardwear's products in general. And based on the other reviews here I have every confidence this tent will more than meet my needs. My biggest complaint about this tent are the near useless "instructions". They consist of illustrations (no words) that don't really illustrate the product all that accurately. There were also two sets of "instructions" - one for assembling the tent and another for assembling the rain-fly over the footprint & frame for an ultra-light shelter. Not realizing there were 2 sets of instructions, I spent a good 20-30 minutes trying to assemble the tent following the rain-fly shelter instructions. I ultimately gave up on the instructions and used my best guesses to assemble everything. I eventually found the other set of instructions for the tent and they more or less confirmed my best guesses, but again the illustrations do not accurately match the product, so my best-guesses were the ultimate guide. All that said - I was able to assemble the tent by myself, and now that I know how to do it, I'm pretty sure it can be done in under 5 minutes. My only other criticism would be that I wouldn't call it a 3-person tent, it's more of a roomy 2-person tent. I'm pretty sure 3 average sized adults would be crowded in there and if this tent were all 3 people had for more than an overnight, their trip would be diminished by that fact. Aside from that, the tent is a very nice, well designed package. The rainfly, (when staked down) provides a roomy vestibule. and the "eyebrow" over the door provides gear-stowage space in addition to stowage pockets at the bottom of the back wall. The seams appear very well sealed - I don't have it in from of me right now so can't confirm if they're welded or taped, but I do remember being impressed with them at first glance. The tent material is very light-weight, which gave me some concern, but again, given Mountain Hardwear's reputation, I have confidence it will hold up for a long time. Overall, the tent meets all my needs for a spacious 2-person tent, that is lightweight & back-packable and I have great confidence it will hold up well against heavy winds and rain.
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