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A backpacker's delight.
As its name suggests, the Brooks-Range Tension 40 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season offers 40-square feet of glorious space for playing cards, sleeping, or escaping an unexpected squall. And while the Tension 40 is not freestanding, the two-door convenience and 3-pound construction make it a backpacker's delight. So whether you're tackling the Appalachian Trail or the PCT with a few friends (bipedal or furry four-legged ones), the Tension 40 offers just-enough space, without breaking your back.
More specifically, the Tension boasts a minimalist design and features an internal system of shock cords (which further explains the name "Tension") that when combined with the three included poles (one carbon for structure, and two cross poles for level headroom) ultimately offers optimal stability and structure. Additionally, the Tension is constructed with a lightweight, yet weather-resistant ripstop material that fends off unexpected precipitation, while the weather-resistant rain fly boasts similar protection so you aren't left out in the rain or the cold. And because of the generously sized tent fly, the two vestibules at either side easily accommodate necessities. Not to mention, the reinforced guy points ensure your tent fly doesn't become one with the wind should that slight breeze transform into gale force winds.
- A lightweight, 3-season tent for backpacking
- Weather-resistant construction protects from wind and rain
- 40-square feet of space accommodates three people
- Two side vestibules offers protection for gear
- Internal pockets fit tent necessities
- Item #BKR001K
- Q & A
Initial thoughts Brooks Range Tension 40
I just picked this up (SAC deal so I took the plunge; plenty more pics on Amazon.com review). Just set it up in my yard, so I have yet to actually take it camping. But these are my initial thoughts:
It is unbelievably light, as the whole package (including the box it shipped in) clocked in at 3lbs 9oz, together with the footprint. It also packs down about a third smaller than the stuff sack it comes with. This is an extremely light and packable tent for the sq ft it offers.
My first time setting it up took all of 13 mins, and it was fairly intuitive. The materials are so light and thin they seem quite fragile, but I have read other field-test reviews suggesting they hold up just fine. With the setup anyway, everything seems engineered to fit well. I did not feel like I had to stretch anything unnaturally to get it to fit, so no danger of anything tearing with that. Along similar lines, the tent was reinforced appropriately where it needed to be. This seems to be a really well-built tent, in other words. The pole system together with the tension cords seems to work well (and it is a nice weight-saver).
Inside, the 40 sq ft will be fine for 2 adults, 3 would be snug I would think. Plenty of length too (I am 6ft and had plenty of room). There are 2 large doors and the zippers work well (no snagging or need to be excessively careful while zipping). 4 gear pockets (1 in each corner) and loops for lights and other items all along the reinforced central seam of the tent and also in the corners.
As far as potential durability concerns, the 2 fly vents (accessed by zippers) are shaped by a bendable wire. So they can flex when packing the tent down and then you would have to bend it back into shape once the tent is set up. I am curious to see how the wire will hold up to repeated use and how the tent will vent if the wire eventually wears out.
Really the only nit-pick I have is that the two vestibules are so small as to be nearly useless. Shoes will be kept dry, but not packs, I would imagine. Maybe if you put it on its side and leaned it up against the tent, but then I would be worried about tearing the fabric. But this is a liveable trade-off in my mind for everything else you get with the tent. It is a nice looking, super-light backpacking tent with plenty of space for 2 campers, and 2 doors to boot (which seems rare for tents this light).
Pros, in no particular order: (1) really light considering the size (2) packs down to be quite small (3) super-easy set-up (4) 2 doors and vestibules, rare for tents this light (5) plenty of gear pockets and loops (6) nice looking tent
Cons: (1) vestibules are fairly small
Another tent that is in a similar class, more or less, would be the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 (in terms of space and weight and doors, etc.), but this is so much cheaper ($275 on SAC) that it is a no-brainer. This looks like it is going to be a fantastic tent and I cannot wait to take it out camping.