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3 5

Mixed Emotions

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We went on a week long trip to Colorado to climb with CAMP USA and fellow Expert Gearhead Bill and I spent the week in this tent. Each day we had to break it down and put it up as we jumped camp site to camp site around Colorado.

Assembling:
Putting this tent together isn't that hard. The nice thing about it is the rain fly and the tent body are sewn together as one.

Poles:
The poles are just one giant part. Not the coolest thing for breaking down and a little cumbersome for assembling because when flat the poles are a bit long.

Breaking Down:
Removing the poles from the tent were easy but folding the tent pole was a bit of a pain because of how big it was. The other big pain is that on the rain fly portion near the top of each door is a 12 inch or so metal rod that you need to fold up just right (like origami) in order to get the entire tent to fit into the stuff sack just right. If not folded properly and the metal rods are not inline with how to put them into the stuff sack, you'll need to unfold the tent body and refold it. Major short coming in their design.

Interior Space:
The room in the tent was awesome. We had plenty of room and didn't feel cramped at all. The head space was great and sitting up and moving around was not an issue at all.

Staking:
The hands down biggest thing I was not a fan of with this tent is that it relies on tension more so than other tents. The tent *MUST* be stakes in order for it to be tensioned properly. I personally don't always stake a tent or guy out the lines because I may be sleeping on rock and don't have the ability to. This is a tent I couldn't use on rock, a hard floor, a wooden platform at a tent site, etc. So that is why this tent doesn't work for me.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this tent or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

Mixed Emotions
Tent at Our Site

Tent at Our Site

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this tent or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

View from the Tent

View from the Tent

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this tent or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

Inside the Tent

Inside the Tent

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this tent or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

Detail Shot

Detail Shot

Shoot me an email if you have any questions about this tent or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

Fun Blue Tent

Fun Blue Tent

Flash 2 setup at Caspers Regional Park with Adventure Guides. Great shelter for two!

4 5

doors, vestibules, and rain

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

The one thing you can't tell from the video below, is that you can't cover the screen on the doors all the way. The flap that covers the screen comes up to about 2 inches below the top. I think this is a little weird, but it does seem adequate to give you privacy. Since the awning hangs down a little, someone would have to stick their head under to really see in.
Since the vestibules are at the short ends, they are much smaller than I'm used to. I also have to pass my shoes through the tent to get them to the vestibule, but it works.
I was looking for a tent that would allow better cross-ventilation and still protect from the rain, and it works well for that. It rained the first time I used it, and I stayed dry.
Set-up is a little different, too, with the 3 main poles already connected. And you can't simply stuff it in the sack because of the integrated awning poles, but they are short, so it's not much of a hassle. Overall, it seems like a great tent so far!