Columbia Lost Lake
Ease of Setup: This tent has short sleeves along with the clips, I think clip only might be better but I haven't used one.
Price Paid: under $100
This is the tent my wife and I use anytime we camp, whether car-camping or backpacking. The size is right, the twin doors, the double vestibules, the gear loft ... it all serves its purpose and then some. I've solo camped in it in cold weather and loved it, though I do plan to add a solo tent simply to save weight when going alone and save air space to warm in cold weather. We've camped in rain and wind and had no issues. I highly recommend this tent to anyone wanting a true 2 person tent.
Ease of Setup: a breeze to set up
Price Paid: $75 (Canadian)
I picked this up at a half-off sale, so I am pleased with the price I paid. The tent seems fairly well-designed. The overhead storage mesh compartment reduces the headroom by about 5 or 6 inches, so I tend to leave this at home. The rainfly works quite well and is oversized, creating vestibule space outside the tent on either side.
My chief worry is with the floor of the tent, which is a lightweight nylon material. The manufacturer does suggest using a groundsheet, but does not provide one with the tent. My belief is that a groundsheet is a necessity, both to stop water from leaking through the floor and to protect the floor from tears and abrasion. This a two-person tent, with doors on each side to aid access and egress, but it is a wee bit close quarters once those two are inside.
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With plenty of room for three people, the Columbia Lost Lake 2-Person 3-Season Dome Tent ventilates through the mesh top and sides. In case the rain drops start fallin, simply throw on the rain fly for complete, dry coverage.
- Backcountry Outlet