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Arne wrote a review of on February 8, 2007

5 5

Just saw they changed this tent for 2007.
Bought mine for circa 370? or thereabouts to camp in the Adirondacks in January. Didn't get the chance to go so have only observations from setting it up in my kitchen.
1) Way too heavy for a one man unless you have a pulk or not going for too long.
2) However for the weight you get a comparatively huge inside for a two man - comparing to a 3 yr old 4 pole Marmot Odyssey. The poles really stretch it out to max interior room.
3)Nightmare to set up in my kitchen - what's going to happen in a storm? Requires a lot of brute strength to get poles in - which are hardly color- coordinated - read there's black and there's bronze poles, the sleeves are ditto. The full-length sleeves probably aid stability, but are a pain to thread..and will probably increase condensation.
3)I have four tents now but needed a proper winter tent (camping in Norway at summit in 3 season in Gale sucked!!). I believe what everyone says that it's bomb-proof. Looking forward to trying it, although I suspect if you're camping solo and bad weather comes, you will hate the setting up bit - I doubt I could set it up in less than 5 min with practice.
Ok that was my two bit's worth..if on sale for 300, buy it - you can always go on holiday to Norway and sell it for 1000! - of course why I couldn't lose buying it...

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Arne wrote a review of on February 8, 2007

4 5

Firstly, I love it to death, and it keeps me toasty now that Ithaca, NY has gone from 40 to near zero at night. I'm a very tiny dude (5'4") and not built, so I ordered a small. That was probably a mistake...if you want to put it over your other layers while belaying or striking camp, buy a size larger than you need. My men's small is fine for around Collegetown, but there is no way I'll fit it over my hard-shells - I should have gone a medium. Additionally, cinching the waist cord made it go - the fabric at the back to which the bungee cord was sewn tore away - within the first 3 weeks (bought it 4 weeks ago). So relying on the lifetime guarantee there. The 'small' on me goes just to the waist, just barely, so it's not keeping the butt-cheeks warm..although climbers may appreciate this (or not?). I think others have commented on the rest..fleece handwarmers, great loft, good in the details save ONE!! The zipper is a pain to use..normally takes 4-5 tries to get it to work..making sure the zippers are right down the bottom. Disappointing for a $300 jacket. The hood is great..don't buy the version without. The neck can be a bit tight if you're wearing e.g. a softsthell hoodie or fleece with a high neck underneath..cough cough. Otherwise I love it. Can't comment on rain, although you won't want to use it in above freezing anyway. Just be aware that a 'small' really is very small, although I can't comment on mediums. I guess I can always wear it as a super mid-layer! Compacts to size of summer down sleeping bag, w/ about the same weight.
tight lines!

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