Columbia Mt. Logan Tent
Ease of Setup: Can be set up with no problem even by the youngest scout
Weight: 7.5, heavy for 1 person, not bad is split between 2
Price Paid: $65/ discounted for Boy scouts
I am a scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop, we bought 6 of the tents 2 years ago and have had great luck with these tents. Easy to teach the youngest scout to set up. If split between 2 scouts the weight is of no concern. We've used in the heat of summer with the rainfly still on and if the doors are opened they stay plenty cool.We've also used these for winter camping in temps down to 10 above.
The rainfly keeps the wind out very well. The vestibules work great for the scouts to keep their packs in. This also keeps them from constantly zipping/ unzipping the main doors. They may be a little tight for 2 large scouts but for the average size boy they are perfect.
Are there better tents out there for scouts, absolutely, but not at the price for this one. We figured when we bought these if they last 3-5 years we are money ahead.
Design: year round
Ease of Setup: can put up and tear down and repack under 10min
Price Paid: $59
I have used this tent 3 times now and I can't say enough good things about it. I always wanted a North Face tent but price was an issue. So I decided to buy this one which is the same design and 1/3 of the cost.
Now after using it I love it. It is durable and very roomy for 2. It has 2 doors and is very warm inside or remove the fly and very nice for summer (or I would think). So far I have only used it on nights in the 50'sF.
IMO you can't get a better tent for the money. But if weight is an object you may want to shell out a couple hundred for a lighter one. at 7.9 lbs some may not want that much weight. Although I am a backpacker and this is the tent I carry, I never hike in more then 5-10 miles so I don't mind the extra weight to save the money.
The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 was the weight, having a tent under 5 lbs would be sweet.
Design: 2 man backpacking tent
Ease of Setup: Simple
Weight: 7-ish lbs
Price Paid: $80
I'm an infrequent camper, and when I do it is usually with the family. However, I went on a trip and needed a small tent to spend a couple of nights in myself. As we were driving to the place we were camping, the weather radio started predicting thunder storms.. great!
However, I got there in time to get the tent set up before the rain settled in. Setup was very easy to do myself, whereas all of my friends had larger tents and needed two people to get them set up. When the rain rolled in, I was pleasantly surprised that everything stayed totally dry. Better yet was the next morning when all of my friends were whining about wet boots, clothing, etc. My boots were out under the rain flap and were still dry. Nothing blew down in the strong winds, and there was plenty of room for a large guy such as myself. (6'2", 260 Lbs)
The second night got down into the high 30's, but the tent did a great job of cutting the wind and my bag kept my mostly warm.
I don't do a lot of hard core hiking, but for the money this tent is really hard to beat!
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