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Don't worry about the weather—it's not worrying about you.
- The four-season rating means you can head out whenever you feel like it regardless of the weather
- Extended sides give plenty of room for three people
- Easton's PolePilot poles slide easily through the sleeves for easier set-up
- Reflective door opening makes it easier to find your way back to bed after late nights around the fire
- Two vestibules give you ample space to stow your gear
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hat trick is just that
this tent has served me everything i was looking for... quick set up... plenty of room for me, GF, dog, and gear... I've been caught in hellish down poor twice and woke up dry both times... i wish it was a tad bit lighter but tried the easton kilo and lost so much room (height and floor space) that luckily i hadn't returned this guy cause the kilo was shipped out and hat trick stayed.... I just got back from 4 days in the dolly sods with it and couldn't be happier. Other couple took Nemo 2 pr and after the big rain we got they woke up w/wet gear wet floors and a "wet" attitude! My girl friend and I were bone dry other then a small puddle from me opening fly and tent door during down poor and leaving it open while I relieved my self of natures calling...I had a bit of trouble first time with a bad pole but between BC and Easton's customer service I was well taken care of.... 1 of the 3 poles were defective and Easton sent me a another complete set of poles free of charge for my troubles..Big ups to Easton for standing by their product, Big up to BC for sending me a kilo to try while Easton was searching the warehouse for my pole set, and Big ups to the Hat Trick for being exactly what I needed in a tent... Keep up the good work BC I'm a Backcountry.com customer for life.... You are the only place I shop for my outdoor needs!---- well Sierra Tpost gets my shoe business, and I have to go elsewhere for Bike needs but other than that I don't even look at other sites (Unless it's for price match which BC has no problem taking care of me on that end either!!!
I had my eye on this tent for a while and was delighted to see it reduced in price at 30% off MSRP.
Went ahead and purchased it and was thrilled on my first outing. We had deluge rain the day before our planned 2 day backpacking trip and the rain continued into the first evening. The ability for the fly to stay attached to the tent body was a huge plus. It kept the interior of the tent almost 100% dry for myself and my tent mates while our other friends struggled with their "bathtub floor" turning into an actual bathtub. The overall weight of the tent is amazing. One caveat though, ensure that you have a good handle on the tent while breaking it down in any sort of breeze. Being so light the tent has a tendency to want to take to the air since its so light.
Only other consideration i would say is the lightness of the material. Understandable for the weight savings, but still light enough that i would worry about pitching on new campsites without a footprint. material could VERY VERY easily get torn
The Hat Trick serves double duty
Easton AirLock Connectors
Developed at Easton, this patent-pending pole linkage system is 59% lighter than traditional aluminum inserts with bulky shock-cord. Airlock uses a short tether between each section and poles snap together to increase strength at every connection point.
Alaskan Odyssey Hat Trick Review
As I began preparing for a 4500 mile solo bicycle journey from my then home of Moab, Utah, to Alaska's northern wilderness and then further down south to the coastal regions of Washington,
Oregon, and California, my friend Dave Schipper asked me what I was doing about a tent for the trip. At the time I was planning on using the only tent I had, but what I really desired was something
bigger, lighter, and more durable than what I had. Dave said that he had been working with Easton in developing an awesome new tent called the Hat Trick, and, if I was interested, he could hook me up with a prototype to test.
After receiving the tent, I took it home to set up and marveled at the color coded pole set-up and the single ended pole pockets, allowing for fast and accurate tent setup from only one side of
the tent. I really wanted a big floor space for this journey 4 months of rigorous pedaling in fowl weather made me crave a shelter that was spacious enough for me AND my gear to spread out,
night after night. The problem with this concept was the obvious weight and packed size prone to an arrangement such as this. With the Hat Trick, this was not a problem. A full 3 person tent, and designed for 4 seasons to boot, this rig was lighter AND smaller packing than what I had previously used. Weighing in at just over 5 lbs, the Hat Trick was exactly what I was looking for.
As my trip progressed forward and Northward, the rainy season had began in earnest and the Hat Trick did the job of keeping me dry nightly without ever letting me down or water in. It's ultra fine no-seeum netting kept the skeetters out, but still allowed plenty of ventilation when it wasn't raining. It came with a footprint, but the need for extra staking, and the hassle of setting it up with
such, shyed me away from using it much. It's bathtub floor and fully taped seams were certainly the ticket, and even without use of the groundsheet, the floor of the Hat Trick remained fully intact after over 160 days of continuous abuse in some of the foulest weather imaginable.
The only complaint that I could come up with during it's continuous use on this trip was it's lack of any real ventilation during wet or foul weather. I remedied this by unzipping the vestibule doors slightly; however, some kind of weatherproof venting, separate from the zippered doors, would be a welcome feature.
Overall, the Hat Trick is a roomy, reliable, weatherproof domocile that you could take on a bicycle journey, a backpacking trip, or an ascent of Denali for that matter. It's weight and packability are top notch. I liked it so much, that, after a bear pretty much rendered it useless just north of Anchorage, I am am happy to be taking another identical unit on my next trip this summer to the Arctic.
Trail weight 6+lbs. Easton site says 5+lbs...
Trail weight 6+lbs. Easton site says 5+lbs which is it?
Just does make 6 pounds. Can be decreased slightly with thinner guy lines and titanium stakes.