Well for starters the instructions, well, stink. It's basically lay out tent, insert poles, good luck. Yes, I know most of us are competent enough to figure out a basic 3 pole tent but it took some thought on this one. First off the 2 main poles have a bend about 1/3 of the way down, no where in the instructions does it say which end of the tent needs to have the bend. So I've tried it both ways and it worked, but neither seemed to have an advantage so... Backcountry any suggestions?? Yeah... then you get to the rain-fly and this is where I think they wanted to mess with people. You would think that the Stoic logo is printed on the side that faces out right? Nope because if you look at it the logo is backwards, so while pondering the reason behind this I noticed the rain flaps for the vestibule zippers and figured out that printed logo side actually faces the inside of the tent. I'm guessing this was done to extend the life of the printed logo and give a ghost effect?? Backcountry???... Ok so now lets go to the actual use of the tent. As others have stated their is no privacy in this bad boy, so if you're ok with your body then this is the tent for you. Now for us in the real world I like to change clothes in private so this basically means you'll always have the rainfly on. In the summer well that makes this tent a little hotter than you'd want. Yes you can adjust the rainfly slightly where it ties in to the tent and raise/lower it a few inches but air flow is not the greatest unless you've got those vestibules open. Also another negative was the zippers, on the rainfly I constantly had to baby the zipper away from eating the rain flap. And the door zipper was a bit of a problem at times and kept me from closing it with one hand. As others have said the gear loft included probably wasn't real-world tested enough because nothing stays up there. My headlamp fell out and tagged my 9month old while he was playing, good thing it wasn't the old monster headlamps of long ago with the giant battery packs! Ok enough bashing, i mean, reviewing... here's what's good about it during my recent trip to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain NP.
The tent is a nice size for me, wife, and small infant, heck our dog could easily squeeze in but he's small. I'd say large labs are a no-go in this one. The added carbon third pole does make for additional headroom and was easy to install. A nice improvement from my old 2-person Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight. The included 4 guide lines have reflective thread which I believe should be standard on every tent. But I do wish it had included them at all of the guy-out tabs instead of just the main four points. The door tie-up points are useful on both the tent and vestibule. The stuff sack has compression straps & a handle which is nice. The vestibule space is decent for shoes and small pack but a 5000 cubic inch pack would probably be sticking out. The included stakes are the sturdier Y-beam style. Again it's got a lot of space and headroom so if you had to retreat to your tent during bad weather I think you wouldn't get cabin fever at least for a couple hours.
If I could I'd probably return this tent for another but since I bought it through a backcountry discount and it's been used once it probably wont happen. Overall it's decent but this version I think needs another update before it's a solid performer.