Alpine Design Hiker Biker Tent
Design: non-freestanding non-dome tent needs to be staked
Ease of Setup: easy- with experience
Weight: a pound or so
Price Paid: $25
Good tent- I sealed it prior to use- all two piece floor that is stitched:( however it was sealed and taped- came with a rain fly I don't believe the new models do- that was sealed and taped : )
Two pole set up get new stakes because that what it relies on the stay up and sturdy.
And a ground sheet for the tent out of some plastic.
Took the tent to Vermont 4 days three nights rained twice- tent stayed very dry! Does not ventilate the best with the rain fly.
You're not getting two people plus gear inside however the rain fly extends past the door about a foot of sooo i guess you can get some gear outside the door- I did not personally stay in the tent, however I lent it to a friend. He had no complaints.
Ease of Setup: easy but requires staking to stay up
Weight: just shy of 4 pounds
Price Paid: $28
Got this on sale at Sports Authority for $28 (regularly $39). I was in the market for a solo tent for backpacking so I figured for under $30 and 4 pounds it was worth a shot. I'd read elsewhere the fiberglass poles were really weak so I made sure to be extra careful with them.
I set it up at home, it's pretty quick and easy but the materials are paper thin, not good considering its an all-in-one design with no rainfly. I sprayed the bottom with a waterproofer. It packs down really small but the poles are about 18" sections. No biggie, stuck them in the side of my pack.
Did the backpacking dry run at a campground and it setup quick and held up fine in steady 25mph wind with decent gusts. It's a little cramped for my 6'1" frame, my feet were touching the end since its tapered so radically.
I woke in the morning to TONS of condensation. And I had left the door screen half open too. But the inside walls were soaking wet with beaded water, had to carefully get out of my sleeping bag to not get it wet. I still figured for $28 it was worth it since its so light, I'll just plan to leave the door screen open.
My sister used it a few days later. I set it up for her since I knew the poles were delicate. And just like that, SNAP, one split down the middle. She slept in a friend's tent that night. I took it back to the store the next day and got my money back.
With upgraded poles this could be a passable tent but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
Design: Not freestanding
Ease of Setup: Very easy if the soil is good.
Weight: 4 LBS
Price Paid: $29
Bought this for a two night in Surprise Canyon. Setup was very easy, materials seamed fair for a 30 dollar tent. I chose it for its light weight. First night was in the low 30's. In the morning there was a lot of condensation inside the tent.
Over all I was happy with the performance, and would say it is a good deal. I highly doubt it will last a long as the more expensive units, but if you are on a budget, or if you may only do one or two trips this is not a bad way to go.
Ease of Setup: Yes
Weight: 4 lbs
Price Paid: $30
Great tent at a great price, easy to put up and take down, but it leaked a lot in the rain. It didn't come with a rain skirt.
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