Great 2 or 3 person fully featured backpacking tent!

Reviewed by Coopscoop from Greenville, SC on Friday, November 1, 2013
First, a few observations, and then I will share its strengths and weakness. This tent appears to be the same as the Mountiansmith Genesee tent that is sold elsewhere. I’m not sure why they have different names, but the descriptions are identical.

The tent is listed as 8 ft x 7 ft. However, the inside only measures about 90 inches x 78 inches. I believe they are measuring the distances between the grommet holes. This is not something that is unique to Mountainsmith as I’ve noticed other tents coming up short of stated dimensions. This does make a difference thought, because while a large thermarest (which measures 25 inches x 77 inches) will barley fit going one direction, it is tight enough that your feet and head will be touching the tent wall. For larger folks like me (6’ 3”) it is really a 3 man tent because I have to sleep in the other direction. If you use the regular thermarests (72 inches by 20 inches) you could get 4 people in it.

Pro’s:

• Pack size. This tent packs amazingly small for a 4 person tent. It will pack down smaller than the stated packed dimensions.
• Weight. Under 7 lbs is great for a tent of this size. Especially if you split it up between two or three people. For this price range, you can’t beat the space to weight ratio.
• Features. This tent is well constructed…2 doors/vestibules, full fly, seam sealed, aluminum poles, great light weight stakes, reflective guy lines with nice plastic tightener (no need to break out your boy scout knots), gear loft, mesh windows and good ventilation. Set up is also very quick and easy.

Cons:

• As others have mentioned the vestibule space is pretty small.
• The type of design makes it difficult to get in and out when it is raining without getting the inside of the tent wet.
• They only have two guy lines on the sides of the tent. For a more secure set up I wish they would have more guy line attachments.
• They have mesh pockets in two of the corners, but I wish they had them in all 4 corners of the inside.

I used this tent on a recent backpacking trip with two other guys. It rained for a about 5 hours during the night and the inside stayed dry except for some moisture around the bottom edge that got wet because I didn’t stake out the fly to keep it off the tent at the bottom. Splitting the contents 3 ways (one person carried the fly, one person carried the tent and one person carried the poles and stakes) made for a very lightweight shelter. You could even split the content of this tent for two people backpacking and it would be a palace.
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