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Just don't cut the cheese.
While its name might allude to terse evenings spent snuggled up with a space-hogging bunk mate, the Brooks-Range Tension 30 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season offers more than enough room for playing cards, sleeping, or escaping an unexpected squall. Perhaps most important to note is the fact that the Tension 30 is not freestanding, however the fully taped seams and just-over-two-pounds trail weight make it a backpacker's delight. So whether your journey takes you through the PCT or the Long Trail, the Tension 30 offers just enough room for you and another backpacker—without forcing you to break your back in the mean time.
More specifically, the Tension boasts a minimalist design and is fashioned an internal system of shock cords that ensure the tent lives up to its name. These shock cords are combined with the three included poles (one carbon for structure, and two cross poles for level headroom) that offer stability and structure without getting bogged down by setup or unnecessary weight. Additionally, the Tension is constructed with fully taped seams and weather-resistant ripstop material that fend off all sorts of precipitation, while the waterproof rain fly boasts unrivaled protection in the face of Mother Nature's elemental rage. And, the reinforced guy lines ensure added longevity and durability, so you don't have to worry about your tent transforming into a kite at the onset of wind.
- A lightweight, 3-season tent for backpacking
- Weather-resistant construction protects from wind and rain
- 30-square feet of space accommodates two people
- One entrance and vestibule offers protection for gear
- Internal pockets fit tent necessities
- Item #BKR001L
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
This tent is so lightweight you'll question whether or not it will be strong enough to withstand inclement weather. For a second I thought maybe there was something missing from the package. I'm sure it will be able to hold up to wetter conditions, but so far it hasn't had to prove its weather resistance.
It's really easy to setup. Very roomy for its weight and has a decent amount of headroom.