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Lightweight for three.
- Waterproof fly and floor fabric features fully taped, PVC-free seams for added protection from rainstorms and soggy weather
- Superseal floor tech combines the benefits of catenary and bathtub floors by featuring both raised and taped seams for a tighter pitch and better protection
- DAC NSL Featherlite poles are made with less phosphoric and nitric acid for a greener tent pole, and they feature a wider diameter with a thinner wall to add strength and save weight
- Jake's Foot pole attachment utilizes a ball and socket design to keep the pole end in place during setup and easily pops out for take-down
- Mesh wall panels increase airflow to decrease condensation and stuffiness
- Internal storage pockets keep your flashlight, maps, and trail wares accessible
- Gear-loft loops enable you to hang your headlamp when it gets dark
- Footprint available separately
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good first impression
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used this one time in the rocky desert terrain. I had some consistent wind and enjoyed the tent.
I really like this tent, which was purchased in July 2012 and used on a backpacking trip. Its easy to set up and just the right size for me and two sons. I had no condensation issues...and others did in different tents. My only reservation is the rain fly doesn't seem to stake out very easily or tight and so I worry a little about strong winds or rain. However, encountering those issues is a rarity for me backpacking in Idaho. I would definitely recommend the tent. I also used the tent last week on a quick car camping trip....I was able to fit a cot in the tent and it was perfect size for me, my cot and all my stuff.
light, spacious, and certainly strong enough
This is my most recent go-to for UL backpacking. I had a two-man Big Agnes for years, and after adding a second dog to my family it was time to go a little bigger. I'm very impressed by the livability of this tent despite how light weight it is, and I find no fault with the "hoop tent" design. As many out there may know, tunnel tents have long been a go-to choice for four-season conditions, and while I've never had this tent out in the snow (and wouldn't recommend it), I haven't had any issues in the wind. Of course, in windy places it is vital to use as many guylines as possible. The way you pitch a tent always has as much to do with it's performance in the wind as its design or structural integrity. I have seen very strong tents blown down as a result of poor pitch or inadequate guyouts.
All that said, I do have one small complaint. I have grown accustomed to having interior pockets on either side of my doors. The pockets in the HT3 are along the sides of the tent, and thus are more difficult to access from your vestibule. Because I use this tent primarily for backpacking, though, I don't have many accessories to keep in those pockets, and at this point I've gotten used to their locations. For such a minor thing, I didn't feel it warranted the loss of a star. SD has always been know for solid tent designs, and I'm happy to see these guys continuing the tradition.
not a strong tent
I loved this tent for the three nights i had with it. It was beautiful, spacious, and I thought I would have it forever. The two vestibules provided lots of outside storage. However... our love was short lived, along with my love of hoop frame tents... wind came on the fourthday and flattened this tent like a cookie, steaks bent and one broke and tore into rainlfy. I beleive it is the hoop frame structure that makes this tent vulnerable to wind? After returning to awesome customer service at BackCountry.com, I purchased the Big Agnes copper spur 3, hopefully it works out better. For good weather camping I'm sure Lightning HT 3 would rock.