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Gear Review

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Lightweight Yet Spacious

I've had this tent for several seasons now and have used it in a variety of conditions, from high desert to high alpine, from perfect weather to mountain storms. For the most part, this tent is great. The front awning is one of my favorite features; you can get out of the rain yet still have a decent view. Inside, it is very roomy for its weight and offers better protection than a floorless tarp, but I will say that the layout is not ideal for two people since there's only one door, so when nature calls somebody's gotta crawl over their partner. The corners, on the other hand, are useful for stashing gear. Setup is very simple; it's ready to go in three or four minutes if you're not fussy about catalog-perfect tautness. This tent has proved quite stable in some pretty strong winds, but you do have to guy it out to get maximum stability.
Now, the cons: Ventilation is pretty good, but you WILL have condensation under the right conditions (no leaking, though). Most of my camping is done out West, where it's dry, but I did notice during bad weather at high altitude (cold and wet) that I had to keep a sponge or a towel handy. Placement relative to wind is imperative, as is making sure the rear vent is nice and open. I don't think I'd want this tent for muggy, wet places. Also, I can never get the door to pitch completely taut, which means I have to grab the tent wall to zip/unzip it.
Overall, though, it's a nice "in-between" tent for those that aren't quite ready to go floorless yet want to shed some weight. I recommend it for most applications.