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Gear Review

3 5

The good, the bad, and the ugly

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got back from backpacking in Wisconsin. This was my first experience with the Meta 2P.

Set up was a breeze. Followed the instructions attached to the bag (not that they were needed) and had the tent up in a few short minutes. It started raining shortly after. From my initial setup I had the hiking polls set at around 130cm. This created a huge gap under the vestibules, which allowed rain easier access to my gear. This was disappointing at first, until I realized I could drop the polls to 120cm to lower the vestibule bottom to just a couple inches off the ground.

Second thing I noticed, the large NeoAir (2.5" thickness) along with my 71" does not provide as much room as I had hoped (I was a lot higher off the ground and had the roof lower than usual). My head and toes were maybe 1-2" from the slanted roof on each side. The Z-rest would be a much better match with this tent and someone taller since it is a fraction of the thickness.

There was condensation inside the tent in the morning as well as on my sleeping bag by my mouth where I was breathing all night. I found out when I got home that the temperature had dropped to 26F that early morning, and the humidity was 100% all night with absolutely no breeze. Any tent in these given conditions would have had considerable condensation buildup. I could have raised the roof back up and opened the vestibules, allowing for more circulation inside the tent. I opened up the vestibules in the morning, went for a hike, and by the time I got back everything was dry again.

Overall this is one of the most sturdy tents I have owned. It is very lightweight, compact, super easy setup and take down. I'd say this is the perfect tent for dryer climates. If you expect lots of rain, or are taller than me, you will want to find a different tent.