Gear Review

4 5

Great tent, weird poles.

I have the 2010 version of this tent, which appears to be almost exactly the same as this newer model. Extremely light weight, considering the amount of space. Sets up quickly once you get used to the H-shaped pole that runs along the top of it. Once you see it put together, though, it makes a ton of sense. The pole configuration is what gives you almost vertical side walls which is great for us tall folks (6'-2"+/-). I have comfortably put 3 really tall people (one was 6'-4") in the tent with a little extra room for gear, so calling it a 4-man is pushing it unless you really like snuggling together.

My only complaints (and they are minor) are the following:
- no gear loft.. the tabs are there to put install one, so why not include it in the price?
- the footprint for this tent is not cheap, but worth having. I actually leave mine attached when I roll it up to put it away... makes setup that much quicker. Again, why not just include this in a slightly higher price?
- the interior door zippers are a little awkward. Once it's unzipped, you are always having to move the mesh door out of the way so you can step into or out of the tent. Not a big deal, but could have been designed to be a little more convenient.

Other than that, this is an almost-perfect tent. Both of my friend who I go on paddle trips with are convinced that they are going to get this same exact tent. With a few minor tweaks, this would be flawless.