User Review: Alpine Design Hiker Biker Tent
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.