Design: four-season non-freestanding hoop tent
Ease of Setup: excellent
Weight: just under 8 pounds
Price Paid: $400
I bought this tent for Iceland backpacking, car camping, and ferried base camping (up in the WestFjords). Iceland can be wet and very windy.
The tent is extremely stable in the wind, with no flutter. It sets up with only four stakes, although a few more are better in high wind.
The tent is ROOMY! Great for two tall people, but it seems like it would work for three. Interior volume is wonderful, with high arched walls.
The vestibule is enormous--big enough to store all your gear and still cook in.
The tent is very light for its size and capacity and windproofness. (That's not to say it's fun to backpack with--but it IS lighter than other four-season three-man tents.)
The poles what I would call an older design, with fixed ferrules, but I like that better than some of the newer designs which have given me trouble.
Update: September 8, 2009
This is an update on my earlier review, reporting on two memorable trips.
In fall 2008, we camped the Maine coast. We experienced the dregs of Hurricane Ike, with 40+ mph winds and a lot of rain. The tent did perfectly--no problems whatsoever.
In August 2009, we took the tent to Iceland. We began by ferrying out to the Hornstrandir area (just south of the Arctic Circle) for four days of backpacking. The second night, we were hit by a ferocious nor-easter storm, with winds I estimate over 65 mph. There were many nasty gusts--not just the sustained winds of the Maine coast.
The tent did great. It did have one not-so-badly bent pole, and many minorly bent poles--but the Icelanders camping nearby had broken poles, severely bent poles, and totally blown-down tents. I really appreciated the light weight when we hiked over a pass...
We went on to eight more days of car-camping, and the tent continued to perform well. It rained more or less almost every day, and blew from time to time, and it was awesome to cook and store gear in the big vestibule.
Exped was very generous in replacing the bent poles under its lifetime warranty. Great tent, great service.
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Move through crisp days in which the moon never sets, relax on cold evenings under the Milky Way: the Andromeda is a comfortable shelter for extended backcountry journeys. This tent builds off the Sirius design, adding a third pole and fourteen cubic feet of space in the vestibule. A side entry door allows you to step out of the weather and into the vestibule before you enter the interior of the tent. Exoskeleton design allows the Andromeda to be set up rapidly, in one piece, with the rainfly covering the tent through the entire process. This feature makes it suitable for wet, stormy areas and expeditions. A polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester rainfly repels precipitation. Flat pole sleeves contribute to the low aerodynamic profile and minimize fluttering in stormy conditions. DAC Featherlite 9 mm aluminum poles stay rigid through most conditions and offer excellent rebound in extreme weather. The polyurethane-coated taffeta nylon floor remains waterproof through drenching storms and slushy spring conditions and the large circular door unzips in one smooth motion, providing enough room for two people to sit side by side. Adjustable vents at the front and rear of the tent allow the airflow to be finely tuned to match the weather. The canopy can be unhooked from the poles and pushed back to create an enormous, protected area under the rainfly for sorting gear, cooking, and socializing on stormbound days. In addition, the rainfly can be erected as a lightweight shelter or the canopy can be pitched separately in warm weather, making the Andromeda a 4-season tent that comfortably adapts to summer use.
- Altrec Outdoors
Free Shipping. Exped Andromeda Tent (Fall 2008) The Andromeda Tent by Exped is a 2-3 person spacious 4-season tent for mountaineering, paddling, and ski touring. Specifications: Floor Area: 35 ft2/3.25 m2 Vestibule Area: 30 ft2/2.8 m2 Min weight: 7.6 lb./3.45 kg Max weight: 8.6 lb./3.9 kg Features: Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester rainfly Ripstop polyester canopy with no-see-um netting backed doors DAC Featherlite NSL poles: 9 mm Tent canopy suspended from poles Waterproof coated nylon floor with 10K mm water column performance One huge vestibule - enough room for two people to sit comfortably; canopy can be unhooked and pushed back for extra floor space Windows reinforced with mosquito netting provide ventilation Flat pole sleeve on fly improves aerodynamics Sliding pole tension pocket for easy and quick set-up Rainfly or canopy can be erected separately
The Exped Andromeda 2-Person 4-Season Tent is for mountaineers who want lots of vestibule space in an extremely strong, easy-to-set-up shelter. Steering away from the standard tent configuration, the Andromeda has poles that run through sleeves on the fly. The body of this Exped tent is pre-attached to the inside of the fly, so when you put up the fly you've pitched your tent as well. With an absolutely massive 30-square-foot vestibule, the Andromeda provides lots of room to store gear and cook when you're sitting out a storm. Also, you'll find enough room inside to sleep three in a pinch. In warm weather, if you want to save weight with a floorless shelter, just leave the body at home, and pitch the fly with the Andromeda Footprint.