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Small and compact

This tent lives up to being a very lightweight 3/4 season tent. I just took it up to the Lower Saddle on the Grand Teton at 12,000'. I had never opened it before and didn't have time to SeamSeal it before I left. It set up easily enough just like my Bibler I-tent. I like the plastic snaps of the Bibler instead of the velcro tabs inside for the poles. The old Biblers used to have velcro but they ended up ripping out and becoming useless after several years of use.

Within 10 minutes of getting to the saddle the skies opened up with marble sized hail and high winds. The tent leaked a little bit around the vent window but I found out later that I didn't have the wire loop set up properly. Once we got that fixed, there was no more leaking.

For me, the tent breathed appropriately. I didn't have problems with condensation or frost within the tent. I left both vents open as much as possible but without allowing rain/sleet/hail/snow to enter.

During the night, I got pelted with more hail as I am 6' tall and had to push against both ends with my head and feet. It's too small for anyone over 5'10".

There were a couple of tents that blew away during the day while we were climbing but ours was firmly in place. I anchored all four corners with stakes and used guy lines at the sides fixed with parachute type stakes under rocks.

We kept quite a bit of our gear inside to keep it from getting wet so it was very cramped. I wish I had a vestibule for this thing. It would have made quite a difference.

The material seems flimsy and weak but it held up to the rocky terrain without any holes. The tent pole bag, on the otherhand, was thoroughly trashed after just one trip.

I'm excited with the lightweight and compactness but there's a few weaknesses: the wire loops to keep the rain out are too flimsy and might be better off with removable poles, the length is way too short for most people, and there's no space for gear.