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Gear Review

5 5

Great Solo

If you are like me and like a little extra room and aren't picky about ounces, this is a great tent. I will never go back to only having one door on my 3-season tents, the extra door and vestibule space is superb, especially if you are sharing the tent. I have used this tent for both backpacking and for BWCAW canoe trips. I bought a Sea-to-Summit compression sack (size small) and use it to compress the tent down to the size of a cantaloupe; the stakes, poles and footprint just slide in on the side of the pack. The needle stakes that come with it are great compared to the flimsy, round aluminum stakes you get with most tents, but they can still break (I snapped one going through rocky soil). A good replacement set are the MSR groundhog stakes (http://www.backcountry.com/msr-groundhog-tent-stake-kit)

Have used this tent in the heat of the summer (the mostly mesh walls work great for ventilation), through rain storms in early spring and in the colder, dry late October. The pole system works great, after the first few times setting up, I can now assemble w/ fly in a few minutes. Like I said before, this tent is an excellent solo, great if you travel with a dog and it works well if you are sharing since you each have a door and vestibule. It is a little tight inside with two, but manageable.

I have the 2009 model.