EMS Headwall Tent

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   0



We used this tent on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 4-season freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: takes practice
Weight: 7 lb 12 oz
Price Paid: $299

We used this tent on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams and it was fine. Well vented, easy to set up (practice at home first!), and plenty of room for two plus mountaineering equipments (big packs, climbing gear, plastic boots, winter bags, cook stove, etc.).

I know the tent was updated in 2005 so that the pole sleeves are easier to get the poles into. Also, the shockcord was changed to a cold-weather shock cord (won't lose its elasticity in cold temps), and it now uses a ripstop poly instead of nylon (nylon contracts in cold weather which makes it difficult to set up a tent).

I especially like that there's no fly to lose or blow away while trying to set up a tent in windy-wintry conditions.

We experimented with opening and closing the vents, there's no one best way, you just have to try different combinations and use your judgment.


Any other season but winter I am sure this tent would…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Design: 4-season tent
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: ridiculous
Weight: 8 lbs

Any other season but winter I am sure this tent would be great. Although when used during winter save yourself some frostbite and buy another tent. This tent in extreme weather conditions takes way to long to set up especially without removing gloves. The tent poles lose elasticity in extreme cold. Also feeding the poles through the tent MESH lined pole guides is ridiculous. In short it's next to impossible to set this tent up with gloves on. Which rules out using this tent during the winter.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

With an advanced single/demi-wall canopy, the 4-season, 2-person Headwall packs impressive durability, superior moisture management, and speedy setup into a surprisingly lightweight design. Ideal for the backcountry minimalist who'd rather not skimp on comfort. Single/demi-wall features a raised top that allows for maximum ventilation while still providing total coverage. Four large, detachable pocket panels inside the tent are made from Techwick fabric to manage any moisture and minimize condensation. Interior space measures 7 feet 1 inch x 4 feet 6 inches; steep side walls allow for a more comfortable fit. Box-shaped front vestibule measures 11.5 square feet and has plenty of headroom, perfect for storing large backpacks and snow-caked boots. Five 7000-series Easton poles provide plenty of sturdiness in rough weather; carabiner clip-on design allows for fast setup (for 04 we've added additional clip to rear corners); guy-out directly to frame is more efficient and much stronger. 40-denier ripstop polyester fabric will not shrink in cold weather, making it easier to set up when below zero.


EMS Headwall Tent


The Headwall Tent has been discontinued.

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The EMS Headwall Tent is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 2, 2008 at EMS.

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