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Clinton S.

Clinton  S.

Clinton S.wrote a review of on December 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We got this tent and love how well made it is and how easy it is to set up when you get to your campsite at the end of the day. Climbing up inside feels like climbing into a tree fort and I felt really safe inside due to that.. Nice heavy duty fabric and good construction overall. It takes a little to put it together but nothing super hard. We use a pulley system to get it on and off of our vehicle and then it stores on the ceiling of our garage. Makes it super easy to even take the tent for just a night or two. It is our go to tent for car camping.

However don't expect to stay dry if you use the tent in a consistent rainfall. Found this out the hard way on the first night of a 2 week trip in the middle of nowhere Canada. Wet bedding and even the mattress got a little wet on the underside, thankfully it didn't soak through all the way. And thankfully we ended up in nice warm weather the next day to get it all dried out.

We live in Alaska and travel a lot in Canada as well where rain is very common and it can rain for hours and even days on end. While the rainfly keeps rain off the roof, the water runs down the sides of the tent. And although the fabric is treated with water proofing. It is most definitely not waterproof. Water runs down the walls of the tent and into the seam of the floor and up into the mattress. Water beads up on the outside of the walls for awhile but soon the fabric becomes saturated, with bedding inside also beginning to wick moisture in and also folding up the saturated tent with bedding inside becomes a problem. A simple change in the rainfly design would solve this problem. We actually plan to have a canvas company sew us a new rainfly that utilizes the window awnings as well as the door awnings. And tepui does offer a weather shield but looking at it I doubt it would allow for good ventilation.

We don't love the mattress. It is very very firm. We ended up having to use our thermarests on top. May end up swapping it out for something a little softer.

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