Light and roomy!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After three international expeditions and dozens of "car" camping excursions I can attest to the outstanding attributes the center hoop provides this shelter - loads of head room and an added feature to hang things on like gloves and wet jackets and such.
It's also light and very tough!! 3 people and gear easily fit inside with room to hang wet clothes, cook and sleep. I would recommend getting the foot print if you're going to sleep in it.
It's not freestanding so it's not going to be the best tent for some surfaces, but keeping an array of cordage and anchor bags to fill is a good idea.
The hoop can be hard to get into place until you figure out the technique; lay the tent inside out on the ground and keep it as flat as possible - make sure not to step all over it - slide the hoop into the sleeve and as you feed it in, try and keep the fabric tight as you work your way around and the last bit of pole should pop in with a little effort (the sleeve fabric does stretch some over time, but not much). This process should only take a few minutes. Total standup time is around 5 minutes max!