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definitely met my expectations
on March 10, 2014
This is an amazing deal, in my opinion. Bathtub style floor, factory sealed seams, small windows to allow privacy, an extensive rain fly with large vestibule area (actually has two vestibules), strong aluminum pole system, quick and easy to set up, and DEFINITELY waterproof.
First off, when it first arrived, i was happy to know it's not all that heavy, and it actually doesn't take up that much room in your pack either. There was some less-than-desirable weather coming in, so i set it up right away to see how well it would hold up in the elements.
The pole system is sufficient, if not impressive; all the poles are shock-corded (and not fiber glass, thankfully), and they snap right into place very easily. I even held the poles up in the air and shook them really hard to see if they would pop out... they held in place very well.
The clip system makes setting the tent up a breeze. Very simple and easy for someone to set the tent up quickly. And they can't come off by themselves either. When i first saw the clips, I was afraid that they would slip off in the 65mph winds in the days ahead. But I've never seen a tent hold up so well. It was taking everything mother nature was throwing at it that week.
The rain fly is really big. Bigger than the tent. The vestibules provide a nice space for a lot of things. It's very handy because you can use one vestibule as an entrance and boot/gear storage, and use the other one for a space to cook with a stove if the weather proves to be too harsh for an open fire. But, the thing i really like most about the rain fly is it's not a cheap little piece to put over your tent.... this thing meets expectations. It keeps out water very well. Along with the 4 days of ~65mph winds, there was constant heavy downpour. The only moisture in the tent came from condensation and any water that might have fallen inside when i opened the door due to the rain falling sideways. This tent/rain fly combo is definitely waterproof enough for the oregon coast in the middle of a storm.
It retains heat well too, with just enough ventilation to let it slowly air out. I was able to stay warm for the most part in 40 degree weather and below, wearing nothing but a t-shirt and sweatpants. It actually gets really hot in there sometimes. Especially if it's a sunny day, you definitely want to let it air out.
This tent also sleeps 2 people comfortably, or 1 person with a lot of gear.
Honestly, I couldn't find anything I disliked about this tent. It met all my expectations, plus more. Some people might find it as a drawback that the tent doesn't come with a footprint, but i always found just laying a tarp down underneath it, making sure it's not sticking out from the sides of the tent, works just great. And if you treat this tent well, and don't bang it around, and treat it with care, it'll treat you well in return. I'm glad to know this will be my shelter for the next couple of years.