User Review: Coleman Inyo 2
Design: three season areodynamic not freestanding wedge
Ease of Setup: easy, but many stakes
Weight: 4 lbs.
Price Paid: $70
I used this tent for two months (600 miles) of the AT over the very early spring, then summer. It withstood probably 30 nights in weather from 10F degrees to 90F degrees, from a multi-inch snow storm to several hard rainstorms with very windy(est. 30+mph) conditions. The Inyo 2 NEVER failed to keep me or my gear dry.
It's easy to set up, is very roomy for one including gear, but isn't freestanding, which was never a problem on the AT. It's even possible to suspend the tent body(no-see-um netting and floor) from shelter beams to have a bug free environment inside of the lean-tos. There is plenty of ventilation, good privacy as needed, and one can sit up inside and cook breakfast outside of the door.(there are two full doors).
I can't say enough good things about this tent. I still use it for occasional outings lasting from a weekend to a week.
The only drawback is that the weight is a bit high. After weight reduction measures for the AT, mine weighed-in at 4 lbs., which is not ultralite, but compares well with other popular tents on the AT. The Inyo 2 is virtually identical to the old Cobra(which can still be purchased on eBay), and is a very good choice for backpacking.
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