Gear Review

4 5

Almost the perfect solo

I was in an AmeriCorps conservation corps program and chose this tent as my shelter. I slept within this tent more than I did my own apartment. It is lightweight, easy to pack, and sturdy. I needed a couple practice attempts to get it to roll up to fit in its stuff sack, but this was a quick process. I used this tent from temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit down to low teens, and from weather ranging from dust storms to torrential downpours to blizzards. It only failed me badly in a dust storm that occured in Yuma, AZ. Fine dust completely covered everything inside. My tent was not the worst victim though and compared to some others nearby, it still held up admirably. The vent at the top of tent works well in heat and humdity. I am 6'2" and managed to sleep comfortably, albeit it was tight. The big fail here: no vestibule! This is a real minimalist tent. I could line my boots up against the wall outside, and for the most part they were protected, but they did get very wet on one occasion. A wider spread from the tent on the door side of this tent for a backpack or even boots (ah-hem), would make this the ideal solo tent. Still, I never had a pole break, a zipper fail, or any stitching come undone. This will hold up beautifully in any conditions and kept everything inside nice and dry. Do invest in a footprint.