on June 6, 2011
The tent is cool !!! It goes up really fast and easy when its time to camp. Probably the biggest thing I have noticed so far is when you insert the wheel into the foot of the tent and pull on the wheel to make the top of the tent tight, you have to use a little muscle because otherwise the tent will sag badly and collect rain. Another thing that is not clear in the instructions is the rain fly attaches to the tent with three buckles and does not require its own stakes. My tent was actually missing the buckle at the foot of the tent and I had to get topeak's warranty service to send me a replacement buckle. The warranty service is provided by Todson and so far has been a very good USA based service. As for the size of the tent, I am 6'2" and I am comfortable in the tent, however if you are any taller than me this tent is not for you because when I am laying on my back, my head is almost against the head of the tent and my feet are all the way in the far corners of the tent. If you sleep on your side in a semi-fetal position you may be able to get away with being a little taller, but not much.
A couple cons for the tent. This tent does not have very good airflow. It has vents on the sides that can be unzipped to allow flow but they are small. No room for storing your gear, i ended up leaving most of my things outside in waterproof bags. Setting the tent up for the day is a commitment because it takes your bike away for the rest of the day. The included stakes are poor quality and they bend easily in hard ground.
I did weather a severe storm in this tent. While other people suffered broken poles or tents that blew away, mine was rock solid with no apparent damage.
Something i highy recommend is making a ground cover that goes under the tent out of an old tarp to protect against punctures and wear and tear on the bottom of the tent. Overall i still believe this is a great tent and I look forward to using it again.
on November 18, 2013
This tent is awesome! It sets up very easily when you are ready to camp. Wish it was in camo or a less distinct color, but I can understand why it would be in neon yellow, so it would be easy to spot from above or on the ground if a mountain biker got stranded somewhere. I would bring along some camo netting if you want to be less visible to passersby, ie camo net as a theft deterrent. There's a camo net you can get at Bass Pro shop which can cover all the tent and bike, if you get the full size. If a thief were to try and steal the bike, he would literally have to confront the occupant, but why get in this situation? Best move would be to get a camo net.
Quickest way to set up the tent, release the front tire of your bike and insert the pitchfork stake into the fork connectors, stab it into the ground, then lift the head of the tent up, strap the Velcro attachments onto the handlebars, then at the rear of tent, unzip the zipper backing for the wheel cargo area, tuck your front tire inside, zip it back up, yank the overhanging nylon flap over the upright tire until it is taut, and stake it to the ground. Basically at this point the tent is set up, with only the need of more stakes in the ground to maintain its stability. If it's raining, it's very easy and quick to throw the rain tarp over the tent and is very comfortable.
Inside the tent, there isn't much room. When packing, bring a foam pad or thermorest, rather than a blow up mattress. I recommend a long ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad, although this pad is HEAVY on a bike. It fits perfectly inside the tent.
Also the rain tarp can conveniently cover items above a pannier rack while riding so they don't get wet if you bunch it tight and hold it with bungee cords, and another plus, it has a high visibility.
on July 3, 2014
Worked great for week long bike tour. Set up was fast. Tent held up during a three hour thunderstorm with high winds, some water leaked in but it was mostly due to the location I put the tent, water stacked up high enough to get in the bottom zipper. Summer camping tent gets stuffy if you don't open both windows and pull back the rain cover.