Gear Review

2 5

Not all there

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this tent to replace a Big Agnes tent. I also ordered the footprint. I was disappointed that the footprint is really just a piece of tyvek like material that was bulky, white in color and had ties outs at the corners. It also was extremely noisy and heavy. The tent itself has good shape but had very little stability in wind. The product comes with eight stakes but there are ten tie out points. Thus the weight is really inaccurate in that to obtain stability you would need to add two stakes. Between the footprint issue and the stability issue, I did not find this to be a functional product for me. Add two stakes, make an appropriate footprint and then recalculate for a more accurate weight. I returned the tent under Backcountry's fabulous return policy.

Responded on

I disagree with this evaluation. The tent does indeed come with eight stakes and there are two guylines on the main hoop that would require two more stakes. I use Easton six inch stakes available right here on Backcountry.com, which weigh 0.25 ounces each adding 1/2 ounce to the total weight. No one includes the weight of a foot print in any of the tent specs so why the requirement on THIS tent. I use Tyvek 1443R available on Amazon and make my own ground cloths and avoid the stiff feel of regular Tyvek or I use Polycro available at Gossamer Gear for an even lighter solution to the ground cloth problem. Mostly I don't use a ground cloth at all. As to the stability, I used my tent for the first time this weekend and did not find it to be even slightly unstable in what I considered to be moderate windy conditions and I didn't stake out the two lines on the main hoop. I'll post my own review after I've used it a few more times.