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Economical good choice

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the 2 person version of this tent, purchased at $130 - apparently not available anymore (at least not on backcountry) but I imagine the same pro's/con's are there for the 4 person.
Why this tent is awesome: floor space, head space, gear loft, dual vestibules, lots of mesh (ie ventilation), rainfly vents, lightweight, low price, ease of setup/tear down, and I really liked the windows in the rainfly that many tents don't have. It's gotten me through 4+ weeks in the CO rockies, a week in Alaska (July - but still cold, windy, rainy, snowy), and countless nights in Iowa and Wisconsin. I've never had condensation issues or any other moisture problems.
The downside: After the first year the rainfly windows started becoming stiff/brittle and have small holes in them - almost like the plastic is degrading. Also, I woke up one night on a mountain in Colorado with wind gusts over 40 mph - I thought either a person fell on the tent or a bear was attacking me, but it was just the wind collapsing the tent on me. It ripped 5 stakes out of the ground and flung them over 20 feet away and bent one of the tent poles in several spots. What you gain on price, you loose in durability and longevity. That being said, even with bent poles, it held up just fine in strong winds in Alaska. I'm happy with my purchase and it was recommended to me by a Colorado man who's used it on over 20 trips summiting 14ers.

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Mmmm.... camping.