Nice first four-season winter camping tent. Material…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $170 with free shipping (sale)
Nice first four-season winter camping tent.
- Well designed for winter camping
- 2 doors, 2 vestibules, strong alum poles
- Inexpensive, good first winter tent
- Not an expedition tent
- Floor is not ripstop nylon, get the footprint
Material [fly] 75D 185T polyester taffeta,
PU coating (1500mm),
[walls] 75D 185T polyester taffeta,
40D nylon no-see-um mesh on top and windows,
[floor] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, Need footprint
PU coating (3000mm)
Capacity 2-person (1 comfortable for WINTER CAMPING)
Wall Type double-wall
Poles 7000-series aluminum (8.5mm)
Pole Attachment clips
Number of Doors 2
Number of Vestibules 2
Vestibule Space 13 sq ft
Ventilation mesh windows
Seams [floor, fly] fully taped - Seal them to be sure
Gear Loft yes, included
Interior Height 3 ft 10 inches (5' 9 in - does not hit the gear loft or lantern)
Floor Dimensions 62 x 92 in
Floor Space 34.5 sq ft
Packed Size 6.5 x 19 in
Trail Weight 7 lb (what's trail weight?)
Packed Weight 7 lb 7 oz
Recommended Use alpine, base camp, camping, winter camping
Manufacturer Warranty lifetime
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Burnt orange 4-season, 2-person tent.
7 pounds is average for a 4-season tent this size.
Available from: $175- $225. (Oct 2016) Get it with free shipping. This is not the least expensive 4-season tent double wall, but it provides more than adequate features for the price.
There is a 3-person model that fits 2 people with all of the winter gear, 1 comfortably.
The two-piece tent base and fly comes together with clips. The fly has narrow sleeves that form the front and back. You need to insert the aluminum poles into these narrow sleeves. There are velcro tabs for extra wind strength. Lots of reinforced tie outs. Fly reaches the ground all around.
There is about 3 inches of ventilation space between the tent mesh and the fly so you don't get wind blockage. This provides good ventilation. Four sectioned aluminum poles all come with bungee cord inside the poles.
I snore, so this 2 person tent is really just a one person tent.
"Set it up way over there" I'm told.
I wonder why?
Wicked good for camping in the snow. I like to blend in to the surroundings when camping so I prefer subdued tent colors when not camping in winter. I don't like to advertise — campsite here. In the winter, the opposite is true.
Buy the footprint. The tent floor that comes with the tent is not ripstop nylon.
Seal all of the "factory sealed and taped" seams when you first get the tent to be 100% sure there are no leaks when you first set up in the snow. I like to use Coghlan's seam sealer (Coleman's is OK on sale). I use it on seams inside the tent and fly bottom. It's like a rolling on antiperspirant. Two light coats are better than a thick coat.
Don't bother buying the cheap TYVEK sheets sold on ebay. They crinkle and make too much noise on the snow when you are trying to sleep. I don't know, but I've been told that you can't wash Tyvek.
Customize your Tasmanian 2 or Tasmanian 3 tent by adding six 3/4 inch plastic web female buckles at 6 places piggybacking with 3/4 in web strapping to the tent fly straps so there are now two buckles at each place on the fly. Now both the tent and the footprint all snap together. Saves time when you setup or tear down in the dark when its snowing or even worse, snizzling.
It's hard to see in the picture above, the back vestibule is smaller than the front vestibule. If you are careful, you can arrange your coffee pot / kitchen out back here, provided that the snow is deep enough, so that you can make coffee right from your sleeping bag out the rear door under the open back vestibule.
Finding a parking spot — You need a long narrow space to set up this tent. The tent is kinda long when set up correctly. This orange cocoon measures 13 feet (about 4 M). No trouble finding a spot in winter. Just look up and make sure nothing is gonna fall on you.
I like to use plastic grocery bags filled with snow, buried and tamped down real good for anchoring the tent's reflective guy lines. Easy enough to dig out when you tear down. Leave no trace.
Tent comes with good vents. I like to face the main door opening south. Doors have mesh no see um windows. Zippers work with mittens on. There are two snorkle openings at the top that can be opened. You use the tent's Velcroed tabs to keep them pried open. Use these when there's no snow or rain.
Properly guyed out, the tent holds up really good in high winds. Too much ventilation then. The tent is warmer than outside when it's set up right. Of course, there is still a little frost / condensation on the mesh top when you wake up in the morning.
Depends on the temperature — a mini snowstorm occurs when it's 10°F or less.
Gear Loft - Storage
Tent comes with a gear loft. Drying out gloves. Tabs for hanging a lamp. Tabs for clothes line. Lots of mesh gear pouches on the sides (glasses, phones, etc.).
10 minutes in snow in the dark.
Another 5 minutes to set up plastic bag deadmans for the guy lines when there's no trees handy
The main aluminum pole has two 3-way connectors that are really stronger than they look. The center clip has a binder — looks like a huge paper clip that holds the two main poles together where they cross — a challenge to connect with mittens on.
Compare this tent with the Snugpak Bunker.
The Bunker is more expensive. It has no footprint nor vestibules, so you need tarps or you get to deal with lots of moisture.
The Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 tent has some better features, unfortunately, it costs 3 times as much.