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John Gassel

John Gassel wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

Impressed after a week's use
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put this tent through a variety of conditions over a week long trip to Washington this June for its first use. As such, it was used at slightly lower elevations/temperatures/conditions than I would say it was designed for. It was also used on Ptarmigan Ridge on Mt. Rainier for 2 nights.

In general, I am happy with the performance of tent on Rainier. It was light and compact and more than enough room for 2 people. The initial setup takes some getting used to, but I can recognize the utility of just crawling inside when it's storming to finish assembling the poles. A little tricky to do while windy (took 2 people). We had a pretty windy night at 10.3k and it handled it with ease. No fresh snow to deal with on this trip though so I can't comment on that aspect.

The guyline adjustment from inside the tent is a really cool feature. With both vents and the door slightly open we didn't have any condensation issues up high. At other times on our trip it would get a little damp in the morning but that's too be expected. It was definitely acceptable.

For the cost/weight/construction I'd definitely recommend this tent to others.

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John Gassel

John Gassel wrote a review of on November 9, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my absolute favorite biners for alpine quickdraws. I have tried them with the short dogbones that they ship with and, in my opinion, that is not their best use. I throw those dogbones in a box and replace them with 24" dyneema slings. My trad rack now consists solely of these draws and I couldn't be happier. Full gate opening, no nose to catch and lightweight. What more could you ask for? Worth the price.

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