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Survived a Hammering
September 30, 2011
Well, figured the Lone Elk might be OK for a fair weather bug and breeze screen, & never figured on an entire months 1-1/2" rainfall dumping during a night thunderstorm with 50 mph winds and an additional blustery wet 37* cold front passing thru. Altho nothing bent, tore, or pulled out, there was some leakage thru a floor-wall seam segment and at the stitching of a sidewall mesh pocket. The water inside the tent wasn't severe, and manageable with a roll of wring-able paper towels. Except for a 2 foot section, the rest of the roof, walls, and floor kept water out. The "rain fly" is internal to the mesh screen entrance flap, and somewhat adjustable to keep rain out and allow air ventilation in. So, there was never an inside condensation problem as described by other reviewers. The provided staking hardware is insufficient and I highly recommend the Coleman Tent Kit with heavy duty ground stakes, rubber mallet, and stake puller. Thought the tent would be disposable after my 2 weeks use, but it was worth stashing for next years adventure.
Update Oct. 2012: OK, "next years adventure" was a bit much past the warm season. The limitations of a tube tent without mid-support became apparent when approx. 5" of snow fell one night. The weight of the accumulating snow sagged the ceiling down to the level of the lying flat occupant(me) which required periodic kicking off the roof pack from inside. Unfortunately, body moisture froze onto the ceiling in temps down to 22* and and kicking dislodged a rain of ice crystals. Still have the tent, but its fair weather only for future adventures.