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Drew

Drew wrote a review of on June 6, 2010

5 5

A great tent. Just returned from a trip with it, but it was a more standard car-camping trip with friends. No backpacking excursions this time. This is my third BA. I also own the fly creek 2 and copper spur 3. This one is well made as expected, easy to set up, and I love the large vestibule, double doors, and even the color. Setup was under 5 minutes first time and is similar to other BA tents. The mesh seems higher quality and less likely to run than the Marmot Den 4 person tent that I owned previously and returned due to several issues (see my review of it). Compared to the Marmot, this tent is lighter, seems of higher quality materials, has two doors, a large vestibule and another smaller one, and is packaged in a convenient compartmentalized stuff sack. Personally I would use it for car or canoe camping due to weight but I guess it could be split amongst four people and not be too bad. It will definitely sleep four and has decent internal storage pockets without buying the gear loft. Overall, if looking for a good 3 season 4 man tent for camping with family or friends that won't break the bank, but will stand up to harsh weather and keep you dry more reliably than your standard cheap Coleman family tent, I would check this one out.

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Drew wrote a review of on April 2, 2010

5 5

Used it first time for a 4 day trip on the AT from Springer Mtn to Neels Gap. First day rained continuously. None of the compartments leaked. The main compartment definitely seems very waterproof, ie submergible. The other zippered compartments kept the water out completely for me during this one day of steady rain, but I would tend to believe they would eventually leak given enough time or submersion. The belt and harness are very comfortable. Hydration system worked great with a camelback. Held 30-40 lbs no problem, and if I needed a larger pack, I would definitely consider the Naos 70 based on my experience thus far with this pack. Watching everybody else on the trail struggle with their non waterproof packs, rain covers, etc. in the rain made me a believer. Highly recommended.

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Drew wrote a review of on April 2, 2010

5 5

Used this bag for 4 nights on the AT, nightly temps into the 20's/30's. Used it on a Thermarest Prolite Plus and kept me plenty warm, though haven't gotten to test it down to zero yet. I was in the Copper Spur 3 Tent which kept us completely dry, so never got to test the waterproofness either, but I never intended to try out this feature, just wanted it as insurance to protect the down. The stuff sack stuffs this puppy down pretty small and it fit nicely in the bottom on my ArcTeryx Naos 55. Also, I got it to compress down to smaller than the specs say. Don't remember exactly how small it was, but I would say about 8" x 12" fully compressed. The baffles and zippers worked great and all-in-all I am looking forward to using it again. Downside? Expensive.

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Drew wrote a review of on April 2, 2010

5 5

No need to reiterate what everyone else has already said. This tent is awesome. Just got off a short hike on the AT and it worked flawlessly. Tolerated wind, rain, etc without difficulty. Super light. I did switch out the stakes for the MSR Groundhog stakes which are my favorite. First night had bad rain. Next morning still raining, so we connected the rain fly to the footprint, disconnected the tent entirely while still under the rain fly, and we were able to roll up the main body of the tent while keeping it completely dry. Then rolled up the wet footprint and rainfly into a waterproof stuff sack, and went on our way. Highly recommended!

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Drew wrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

Unless you're truly ultralighting, for it's relatively low cost and weight this is a "luxury" item that is well worth bringing along. Makes the end of the day, meals, and down time in the tent much more enjoyable. Fits right in the slot of my backpack that contains my camelback. Easy to set up. Hope it lasts for a long time!

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Drew wrote an answer about on March 1, 2010

The stakes that come with the Copper Spur 3 are different than the one's that came with my Pine Island. The Pine Island was traditional aluminum stakes with the curved hook on the end. The CS3 stakes are ultralight, much different design, and pictured in the CS3 description page. I have no idea how they will work. I have other stakes I could take along, but want to trust BA if this is what they included. They include 10 stakes, only 8 are needed.

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Drew wrote a review of on January 18, 2010

3 5

Big fan of Marmot products in general. This tent left a little bit to be desired. Used it for a week camping with my wife. Setup was not a problem, but after a week, I noticed one of the poles was bent (we had experienced good weather all week, no high winds or rain), and there were already runs in the mesh windows. Normally I would just return the item for repairs to Marmot, but some design flaws made me decide to return it for good. 1) There is no vestibule in the back, the rain fly just opens right to the back door. 2) Both doors are U-shaped instead of D-shaped which makes them more prone to abuse. 3) Lastly, and probably most annoying, is how the front main vestibule opens. It has a steep slant with two zippers that are difficult to open from inside the vestibule, and it is hard to enter or exit. Overall, I decided to return it and go with the Pine Island from Big Agnes. We'll see how that one goes. Thanks to Backcountry.com for being so great about returns!

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