Glacier's Edge Hiker
To much of my surprise, this is a true two person…
Design: Three season tube style tent
Ease of Setup: First time setup takes time. But with some practice its a breeze
Price Paid: $24.95
To much of my surprise, this is a true two person tube tent. 5 foot at the front, tapering down to 28" at the back. It is 7'6" long, and 38" high tapering down to 22" in the back. with a bath style floor.
Weight is 4 Lbs. The majority of the tent is no see-um screen. The door is all no see-um and is 4' wide and 34" high. The rainfly covers all the tent to within 2" of the ground. And makes a nice vestibule over the door, though not real big, it is large enough to put in a backpack and still be able to get in and out with ease. Of course it came with cheap stakes, and the poles are on the flimsy side.
At the first set-up I was impressed with the stitching. I found that it needed a lot of stakes. But in no time I could set it up fast using only 3 stakes. This came in handy on the trail when I got surprised by one of our freak Pacific storms. It came up so fast that I didn't have time but to find shelter, some small sand pines. I had the tent up within 2 minutes. Still had to put in the rest of the stakes, but the tent was up and fairly dry. I road out the storm all night. Winds were gusting up to 60 mph. Hard driving rain. Not a drop got in.
I have used this tent many times since then. And every time I feel safe with it. Now that being said, I have had the back pole crack. I have replaced it with a heavier pole. I also use a shock cord at the rear of the tent from the top of the pole to the rear tent stake. This just tightens the top of the tent.
I'm a weekend backpacker, so the tent is only up 2 nights a week. Plus for the most part a fair weather camper, but I do like getting caught every now and then by a good storm. It is nice to find something I feel comfortable with in any condition that might accure. And for under $25 it was a real steal.