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Gear Review

5 5

Well executed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is of the standard MSR caliber, superb. As an A-frame tent it does about as well as can be executed and it does everything it claims. A word of advice though, if you are getting this simply because it is an inexpensive light four-season tent, make sure you know what a floorless non-freestanding tent entails. I got it for the above reasons prior to a weeklong snowshoe trip in the Rockies and discovered it was not ideal for those circumstances. In deep fluffy snow, even with fancy snow stakes, a non-freestanding tent is a nightmare to set up. Even with the footprint you are exposed to dirt/snow at the edges. Though the max height seems high, remember it has steep walls, so the wall/roof is only inches above your outer shoulder. And the poles pitched in the middle means it is not "couples conducive."
Do not let these comment deter you if you know you need an A-frame, or just an ultralight. It is perfectly designed and constructed, and super durable. The material appears thin and flimsy, but it is super waterproof and tear/ abrasion resistant. The zippers are amazing, and once you've set it up a few times, it only takes a few minutes. Condensation (to a certain degree) is unavoidable, but a tent like this makes it so quick and easy to dry the interior. It has become my go to, and I cherish it.

Well executed