ALPS Mountaineering Meramac Outfitter 6
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Basic Specs Base Size: 10' x 10' Center Height: 6'…
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy - tent clips to poles
Weight: 15 lbs
Price Paid: $160
Base Size: 10' x 10'
Center Height: 6'
Tent Area: 100 sq. ft.
Tent and Fly Weight: 14 lb.
Total Weight: 14 lb. 14 oz.
Packed Size: 8.5" x 26"
Pole Diameter: 11 mm
• Fly: 75D, 185T, Poly Taffeta, 1500mm Multi-pass Urethane coating
• Floor: 210D, 110T, Nylon Oxford, 1500mm Multi-pass Urethane coating
• Walls: 70D, 190T, Nylon Taffeta
• Mesh: Nylon No See-um Mesh, 40D
My wife and I enjoy camping in the State Parks here in MN. We wanted a tent that was large enough to be comfortable, waterproof, high enough to stand in, and small enough to easily pack. The Meramac 6 fit the bill perfectly. It is a heavier duty 10' x 10' tent. The tent is great for car camping but, due to the weight and bulkiness, would never work as a backpackers tent.
Construction - The outfitter model comes with heavier zippers, a more durable floor material, 11mm fiberglass poles and factory taped seams. The fly has a buckle system to attach it to the corners of the tent so that the tension can be adjusted. Also, there are 2 doors on this tent; great if you wake up at night needing to answer "nature's call". You don't need to crawl over your partner when trying to get out. The tent pegs could be better as they are simply metal rod type pegs.
Room - We use a queen size air mattress and still have plenty of room around the interior perimeter for gear without it rubbing up against the tent walls. At 6', there is sufficient room to stand up in the center area of the tent.
Ventilation - With mesh sides and top as well as large zippered windows on the doors, ventilation is excellent. My only concern is that there is no way to close the mesh sides so, if there is a strong cold breeze, it may get a bit cool in the tent. Perhaps a zippered cover would have been useful.
Overall, this tent is great for family car camping. Durable, easy entry/exit, roomy and well built. I would have given it a 5 rating if there was a way to control the air flow through the mesh sides. My only other concern is that the clips to attach the tent to the poles are plastic. If it gets cold or after repeated use, my concern is that they may snap.
We have had the tent set up during a severe thunderstorm with very gusty winds. No water inside and the tent stood up to the winds without any problem. I do make sure the fly is staked down securely.
Considering I purchased this tent at Overstock.com and only paid $160, I am very pleased with the value for my money.