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You and a partner don't always need a month to plan a backpacking trip, because you can head out into the desert and pitch the three-season Stoic Arx SL2 Tent whenever you please. Sure, it can shelter you and a companion during your ten-day treks, but this double-walled, freestanding dome's easy setup also accommodates more spontaneous escapes from society. With its double door, double vestibule design and generous dimensions, you don't have to worry about bumping elbows during a trip of any length off the grid.

  • All the tent's seams are taped to eliminate rain penetration during spring and summer storms
  • Durable nylon ripstop fly and floor repel moisture and withstand abuse during long treks into the heart of roadless areas
  • Simple dome design uses two pre-curved Yunan aluminum poles, one carbon fly brow pole (to save weight), and clips that are easy to assemble day or night, rain or shine
  • Two doors and two vestibules give both backpackers easy exits during nighttime bathroom breaks, as well as provide protection for packs and boots
  • Lots of floor space and a 38-inch ceiling provides comfort during long storms
  • Breathable mesh walls and two fly vents expel interior condensation during muggy summer nights
  • Guy loops let you tie down the tent during high winds
  • Vestibule can be closed completely with a zipper but one side also rolls up to use the space as a shaded porch
  • When split between two backpackers, the 4lb 3oz trail weight doesn't feel like much during multi-day trips
  • With its included stuff sack, the tent packs down to 18 x 7in so you can easily attach it to your pack
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Solid tent with one problem

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I liked the tent, easy to set up, relatively light, 2 doors, etc. Very good for the price. My only beef is that it has a fabric bottom (the same fabric that is part of the walls of the tent). I'm not sure whether that was in its description or not. Either way, I prefer a tarp bottom, even if its a little extra weight, because it provides protection against flooding and wont tear as easily when set up on rough terrain. I'm nervous I'll rip the bottom when getting up in the middle of the night.

As milp837157 stated, Fabric bottom is indeed thin and quite loose so I'm also worried about it's durability.

I didn't have an opportunity to properly test it yet (just arrived), but I'm a little concerned about ventilation in a hot, damp day. Despite of full-mesh inner walls it only has ONE fly vent, and not two as description says.

The tent is also not as superlight as in specs - mine weights 2195g instead of 1866g, including 8 pegs (while 13 would be needed for full setup). And it's not due to bag, which only weights 60g or so. By the way, it uses exactly the same bag as Arx SL3, so you hove no problem putting it back in.

My tent has color coding messed up - you actually have to put black pole ends into red straps and default dark-red colored pole end into black straps. Fly and mesh have colors aligned correctly.

Used for my Appalachian Trail Thru Hike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My boyfriend and I brought this tent on our Appalachian Trail thru hike. We used it almost every night for 6 months in all weather. We used this tent in 2 feet of snow, in pouring rain, in the middle of summer heat and it lasted through it all. At one point, a downpour left us sitting in a couple inches of rain and our gear stayed dry. Others replaced their tents multiple times with broken poles and leaking rain flies, but this tent held up great. I highly recommend it.

Great Deal!

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

This tent has worked out great! Used it twice in very rainy conditions and it never leaked! Inside of the rain fly will get a little damp so just be aware of that as you're entering/exiting the tent. The shape is a little interesting - it gets narrower/shorter at one end and you cannot sit up without hitting your head. But on the larger end - there is plenty of space! Tent is also really easy to set up even by yourself.

Tent is small enough and light enough for backpacking, yet large enough to fit 2 adults semi-comfortably. Floor is wide enough for two sleeping pads side-by-side and there's room your feet for gear. (Unless you're 6'4'' then you might have a problem).

One negative would be the abundance of ties hanging off of the rain fly. They're great if you pitch in a grove of trees, but if you're on a barren campsite, there's not much to tie them to and they end up becoming tangled when you roll up your tent. Not a major issue, but can become an annoyance.

Borrowed Once

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

I borrowed this tent from a coworker for a trip to Colorado. Unfortunately we only ended up using it 1 night, and it didn't rain and wasn't excessively windy or anything to put this thing to the test. That said, my initial impressions are pretty good. I really like the ease at which this thing went up. We put it up in the dark with headlamps for the first time and it took less than 3 minutes to have the whole thing erected with the rain fly on. I was pretty impressed by that, as my old "backpacking" tent takes forever and is really frustrating, even with two people.

The material was notably thin. Definitely had concerns that I was going to tear my buddy's tent on something. This is probably unfounded, its just that my tent has very thick (HEAVY!) material that seems pretty bomb proof, though it also weighs like 13lbs.

The tent fit 2 adults comfortably. If I was to be making the purchase I might go with the SL3 just to get a little bit of extra floor space and headroom. Really impressed with how small this thing packs down. With the current sale price ($180) taken into consideration, this tent simply has to be a 5 star. At full price I might be inclined to remove a star...

Borrowed Once

Can't stand up to Alaska

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this tent on a 5 day float trip in the Alaska Range. This is literally the worst tent you could ever take with you into the backcountry in Alaska. The tent itself does a great job keeping you dry...once you are inside. The zippers are designed for someone who has 5' long arms. Once you open the fly you nearly have to lay on your stomach to reach the zipper(s) of the tent. The rain fly builds condensation very quickly and anytime you go in and out of the tent you better be wearing rain gear. To make matters worse, the flap that is supposed to protect the fly zipper gets caught every time you open and close the fly, so to complicate matters you have to reach outside the tent and pull the flap out of the zipper every time you come and go. The final straw was drawn at about 3 am this morning when I had to open the tent to fire a warning shot off to get the bear out of our camp. I opened the tent, then unzipped the fly and as I leaned out the small amount of motion and me squeezing through the fly drained all of the condensation that had built up onto me and my tent mate, we were so wet we had to leave the tent and climb in with our friends. And yes, I had the vent on the rain fly wide open. Sadly...this one is going back to Backcountry ASAP. I've been very happy with all my other Stoic gear but the designers of this tent missed it big time on this one.


    I fit well in the tent at 6ft and partners have had no problems either. Plenty of room and a good vestibule for gear and packs. Worked well on snow with the footprint and have not had an condensation issues even in West Coast rain. The tent is pretty quick to set up and not complicated. Its not the lightest and doesn't seem to be the most durable but for low key trips and car camping it is great!

    Worth every penny

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used this tent every weekend and so far it's been awesome. The stakes it comes with I broke or bent basically 1 or 2 a week but that's my only complaint. Last weekend it we went through a heavy rain and lighting storm and it held up fine. Everything stayed dry under the fly even my shoes that were outside the actual tent.

    Awsome tent

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this tent to camp with the boyscout troop my boys are in. I have been through down pouring rain and everything in the tent stayed bone dry. Others people in my troop have maromont,rei and other backpacking tents and this rates right up there with them. It is easy to set up. We are normally setting up in the dark and I can have this tent up in a matter of mins. I would recomand this tent to anyone that wants a good backpacking tent.

    stoked about this tent!!

      i recently got this tent and so far i have loved it! it is a pretty easy set up and is a great tent for backpacking. Although i have only used it on one 1 trip it got the job done when it rained keeping me and my gear completely dry.

      stoked about this tent!!

      Good tent, awesome tent for the price

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great tent, have used it in all seasons, have been caught in high winds, snow, heavy rains, and the tent has performed fantastically.... I've used it for about 100 days now, and it is still in great condition, definitely exceeded my expectations. I bought a 140 dollars tent, and it is a bit heavy, but who cares, it has survived like a champion.... Definitely exceeded expectations.

      Good tent, awesome tent for the price

      Lightweight and very well made!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have both this Stoic tent and the Stoic Suite 4. The 2-man tent is fantastic for my son and I to share on our weekend backpacking trips. It is very light at only 4 lbs and super well made. Seems and overall construction is top quality all around. This is also a great size 2-man tent with room for both of us and our gear. The Suite 4 is also an incredible tent but only useful standard camping due to the 15 lb weight. These Stoic tents are well worth the investment.

      great tent

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this trip for a trip to the boundary waters in 9/2012. Tons of space, light for a two man and can't beat the price. Only dealt with a little rain. Bone dry. We did 5 nights on the boundary waters trip and I have done 5 seperate overnights in Arizona's high country. warm down to the 40's (I haven't been in colder weather with it yet). Set up and break down very easy and love have two vestibules.

      I just got back from a quick overnight in the Superstition Mts. outside Phoenix. They were calling for rain so I tought, let's test this tent. I was scrambling to set up as the rain started. I camped on the rim of Boulder Canyon so left exposed to the wind. It rained a torrential downpour for pretty much 6 hours strait. 1.57 inches is what the park ranger said. The tent was a champ! At times the roof was about a foot from my face while laying my back. It held together and didn't leak. There was moister under my sleeping pad but not sure if that was there as we set up in the rain. Great tent for money


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

      I set it up a couple times in my room, and actually used it once on a trip to Havasupai near the Grand Canyon. As a freestanding tent, it is easily set up and stands solidly even without the stakes, but it does become roomier (and looks better) when staked in. The rainfly comes in easy too, and has color coded straps at the corners that match the tent's, so you immediately know the correct orientation. I am 5'11", 160lbs, and slept perfectly fine in it with a buddy of mine who is about the same build. I cannot attest to the waterproof rating since it did not rain on us that night. Some people have mentioned issues with the gear loft, about stuff sliding out. The gear loft has sort of a basket on one end, so it's not a simple plane of mesh. Therefore if you set it up right (simple to do), stuff will NOT slide out of the gear loft. The tent also has a little mesh pocket in every corner of the tent, which is useful too. Inside the center of the tent, I am able to sit confortably, with a few inches between my head and the tent ceiling. I also like that it is easy to roll up the canopy and fly together, since the air escapes easily through the fabric as you roll up, so I never ended up with air pockets between the fabric after rolling it up. It also packs down pretty good, which was one of my main concerns.

      I do not have extensive experience with backpacking tents, but from the ones I've used or been in, this is my overall favorite. I really like it and so far have no complaints at all.

      PICTURE: shows the packed size relative to my hand and a size 10 shoe. Seems like the standard comparison item for outdoor gear is a nalgene, but i dont own one


      Great Tent

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

      This tent is very easy to set up and has a good amount of space on the inside. The removable fly makes it ideal for those warm summer nights.

      Lightweight Stoic Arx SL2 Ten

        This tent was comparable in weight to other tents I've used that cost nearly twice as much.

        It was easy to pack, easy to set up, and actually a bit roomier than my more expensive ultralight tent.

        It's streamlined and gimmick-free, and I'll definitely be taking it out more.

        Is it possible to buy spare poles for this...

        Is it possible to buy spare poles for this tent? Some sheep invaded my tent and broke several poles... :(

        Still having trouble finding the matching...

        Still having trouble finding the matching footprint for this tent. Or if anybody knows another footprint that works? Thanks.

        Does anyone know where I can get a footprint...

        Does anyone know where I can get a footprint for this tent? Backcountry is sold out and I can't seem to find any online!

        Can someone tell me more about the vestibules...

        Can someone tell me more about the vestibules on this tent? Will boots, big packs (60-80L), rain gear all fit in them without blocking use of the door?

        will this comfortably fit a 6 foot 3 inch...

        will this comfortably fit a 6 foot 3 inch sleeper? The length is advertised at 83 inches but that may include floor length up both walls. What is the true floor length (where you sleep)? thanks

        According to the Stoic website this will accomodate a person 6'8". The front and back walls are almost completely vertical and the side walls go up pretty steeply as well. You shouldn't have a problem if you're 6'3".

        Are the walls vertical? I've been seeing...

        Are the walls vertical? I've been seeing some Mt.Hardware tents and they're getting walls vertical, making more Floor space . What are the walls angeled?

        I'm 50yrs old, 6'2" and 240lbs, and yes I...

        I'm 50yrs old, 6'2" and 240lbs, and yes I still like to get in the back country. But do you think this would be big enough for me and say my son, someone 5'9", 170?

        does this model tent have the same problems...

        does this model tent have the same problems with the carbon brow snapping like the stoic arx xl2 tent ???

        Hi there, I am looking for an easy to...

        Hi there,
        I am looking for an easy to pack/unpack relatively lightweight 2p tent around 250$.
        Any ideas please?