Incredibly sturdy tent! Not big enough for 3 people

Reviewed by jbfishski from Denver area on Monday, October 7, 2013
I bought the 3-person model without the footprint this summer (figured I could find one, but haven't yet). Shortly after it arrived, I set it up in the living room - highly recommend! The poles are not labeled and there is one designated for the back. One section of it has a small curve that I didn't notice when I first pitched it. I found the special one and marked it with a small duct tape note for faster, brainless assembly at camp. The rest of it went together with no problems. I LOVE that it does not have "tunnels" of fabric to push the poles through (there is a small one for the vestibule pole, but it is short. And with the smooth-jointed aluminum poles, they slide right through). Simply put a pole end into a grommet, follow the seam to the opposite grommet and put the other end in and go to the second pole. Start clipping the tent to the poles. Add the other two poles and do all the clips. Once it is all snapped and clipped together, it is incredibly solid! Add the rainfly and clip it on. There are a lot of clips, but they make the tent sturdy and everything is TIGHT. There were no flapping noises even with enough wind to completely blow away someone else's (empty) tent. We only staked down the corners and the vestibule so it would keep its shape, Even with the wind, it was so solid and snug that we didn't add the tie-outs for the sides.
I don't see any way for this tent to comfortably sleep 3. It is great for two people with enough room to change and not hit the walls. Everything is on the smaller size. At 6', I had to duck under the vestibule opening. I've had larger vestibules, but you can fit a couple of smaller bags and your shoes in this one.
I left the front and rear doors unzipped a couple of inches for ventilation and we had zero condensation during a 25-degree night.
I have not had it out in rain and haven't tested the water-proofing so I probably shouldn't give it 5-stars. But I was so happy with the way it worked in cold weather that I think it should be ok even with rain. I guess the reason I'll give it 5 is that even without the extra tie-outs, the poles and all the clips keep the fly from touching the sides of the tent. That has always been the problem with other tents. It really looks like it will work great in rain and I look forward to using it in the Alaskan bush.
Speaking of side tie-outs, there were not enough stakes for them after we got the tent anchored. we had extras just in case, but didn't need them.
There is tons of storage with gear nets almost all around. Other than the low-opening vestibule, I have no complaints about this tent. We will use it to sleep up to two people quite comfortably.
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