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Ernie A.

Ernie A.

Ernie A.

Ernie A.wrote a review of on January 17, 2016

5 5

Set this up in my garage to get an idea of what I bought. Very impressed with ease of setup, quality of the materials, fits and the size. The medium one is huge - I will have no problem putting this overtop a picnic table for 6 or more. We get alot of bugs here in early summer so looking forward to using this screen house. Our summers are typically dry so not concerned about rain as these shelters can handle a shower but not really meant for rain. I'll probably string a tarp overtop so that we can use it all the time

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

5 5

I am a Game Warden, the reason I say that is I own 7 day packs. I own multiple Arc'teryx packs, Eberlestock, Mountainsmith and Camelbak packs. I only buy the best. I am not a consumer, but rather a connoisseur of day packs. My wife thinks I am a freak, but I constantly try to explain to her that every pack serves a different purpose. This pack was to be used for a one month trip to the beaches of Italy. No peak bagging or tactical insertions. Requirements: Laptop carry, multiple pockets for sorting gear to carry on the plane, train and multiple bus trips. Ballistic nylon was a requirement. Low profile so as not to look too ridiculous walking around town with it. At first I wasn't sure about it. Right before I left I had 5 new packs to choose from. Well 2 weeks into my trip I can say it's perfect as a travel pack. It is the perfect compliment to my luggage which is a carry on. It is low profile, narrow, but it carries my 13" Mac Air, Full size headphones, iphone, glasses, sunglasses, magazines, a book a compressible jacket, compact camera and a few other knick -knacks. My daily routine allows me to carry this stuff on buses and trains perfectly in a low profile, stylish pack. I would highly recommend it for this purpose. It is well thought out and super functional.. On a side note I also purchased the Paladin 23L as another potential option. I like the styling of the pack, but didn't like the 600D Granite polyester material. It just felt too cheap to me. Granted with MH's limited lifetime warranty there probably wouldn't be an issue but I am a Ballistic nylon guy through and through.

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Ernie A.

Ernie A.wrote a review of on September 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome design - this tent is huge and is more like a 4 person tent. Three of us used this tent in Iceland and we had tons of room - packs small and weighs less then a conventional 2 person tent. Very easy setup. We had some issues with the seam seal tape degrading and the velcro pole attachment points coming off but Easton were quick to fix that for us and at no charge. This tent has been discontinued and I am sorry to hear that - this is a great tent that has taken us thru buckets of rain, blusterly conditions and even some snow loads and it took great care of us. Highly recommend this tent but double check the seam tape if you decide to buy it!

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on June 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

You can always trust the quality of a Sierra Designs tent - easy setup, packs small, totally waterproof. Used it last weekend during a windy, rainy night in the mountains - bit of flapping going on but we felt safe, sound and warm insiude - highly recommend this tent.

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought a 16L for my synthetic 25F sleeping bag - about the right size. It cinched down pretty good - and very easy to use. I really do like the way it compresses in a 'block' rectangular fashion - fits so much better in the bottom of my pack. Material seems more durable then the silnylon but will know better after a few trips. Decided to buy a couple of 22L as well.

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on May 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hesitant about using this pad - wondered how I would feel on the 1 1/2" thick pad. Usually my hips bother me on too hard a surface but was very pleased that after 4 weeks of constant use, it performed beyond my expectations. I am a side sleeper plus I toss and turn alot - highly recommend this pad for year round use. Also packs away decently at 4.8" x 11" and quite light.

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Ernie A.

Ernie A.wrote a review of on February 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Waterproof fly, all seams taped, aluminum poles, double stitching throughout, easy set up - nice spacious feeling with lots of headroom. Comes with footprint, gearloft and huge vestibules. And now offered at an awesome price as Backcountry is dropping their private label. Buy this tent asap before they are all gone - you will never get a quality tent like this again for this price! Worth the $200 retail - awesome at $129!!

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was suspicious of this brand - never heard of them plus couldn't find any reviews on this model. Very heavy - almost 8 lbs - BUT it has an above average interior - 49 sq ft whereas most 3 person tents are 38-44 sq ft. Definitely a comfortable 3 person tent - and if need be - you could squeeze in 4. It'll work for backpacking but I bought it for car camping for 2 of us and it'll do us well this summer. Palace for 2 people - extra brow pole creates vertical side doors plus the high headroom - we can store lots of gear inside and still have plenty of room to move around. Great price for a tent with all the features it comes with - highly recommended for car camping.

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Nice design - love the extra brow bar to give you more headroom. Very easy to set up - weight is reasonable. Width is nice as it accommodates 2 regular size sleeping pads. Tent seems to be very well made - excellent value for a under $200 tent. Highly recommended.

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Ernie A.wrote a review of on August 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We set up this tent in our backyard to get familiar with it - ALPS really do give you alot of bang for your dollar. Lots of fabric to keep you warm, so, so easy to set up, aluminum poles, light weight 4 person tent, packs down to 22" long, waterproof fly, taped seams and the cross pole created so much more head room - I do believe this tent will serve our purpose very, very well.

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