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My home away from home

I’ll preface this review with my cut and paste statement that I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite National Park. Nearly all of the products I take the time to review have seen at least a half a season, if not more, of use... and I’m committed to not bothering to write a review until I feel like I’ve really gotten to know a product. I never thought I’d bother to write reviews, but I’ve recently decided that since I’ve spent so much time over these last many years reading reviews, and finding a tremendous amount of value in articulate and well-informed opinions, that I wanted to give back to the community. So, with that being said, here we go...

This tent truly is my home away from home. Since I practically live in Yosemite over the summer this tent sees a lot of use. Its been through a lot of rain, some hail, and some snow. It deals with weather incredibly well... and even in high wind, if staked properly, its a real trooper. If the weather is nice but the bugs are bad, just keep it freestanding, don't bother with staking it.

I'm 6'2" and this tent is just the right size. There's enough room to sit up straight and change, which is really nice on rainy days. Sure, its a small tent, and it would be a bit tiresome to be trapped in it for a week on a rainy trip, but no tent is going to make that very fun.

I've had absolutely no issues with durability. Its built like a tank, but still very light, and packs down very small... I keep mine in a small compression sacks that packs it down to a size of a two liter bottle. I just keep the poles in the small sack that they come in in an outer pocket of my pack. It takes about 90 seconds to set up.

Also, a real bonus is that a large Thermarest NeoAir (25" width) fits perfectly inside, its almost the exact dimensions of the footprint, with a few extra inches of tent space for length. Great lightweight sleeping pad for this tent.