User Review: GoLite Hex 3 Shelter
Design: single wall shelter with many options
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 2.1 kg with the shelter, inner tent, stakes and extension pole
This is the best shelter I have tried so far. It is light-weight and very easy to set up. It is made from silnylon that is very light-weight and durable.
One can use a hiking pole with an extension or with the micro adjustable pole that comes with the shelter. In order to use the hiking pole you need an adjustable height pole.
My wife and I tried it out on a four day hike on the coast of Oregon in September. We had no rain but quite strong winds of probably 15-20 mph. We had no problem with condensation even though the temperature got down to mid-forties at night. Yes it was condensation on the inner walls but since it is so room we didn't rub up against the walls.
One night we put the tent in soft sand and naturally the tent-stakes was much too short. Instead we used driftwood and branches to stake it out. That worked very well and it was possible to make a good tight shelter after some readjusting.
I can't say anything negative about this shelter so far. I know that it isn't tested until it is tested in hard rain, but i feel confident that it will be fine. I may have to do a little seam-sealing.
One thing that we changed after we came home was the zipper. It made quite a lot of noise when the wind was shaking the shelter. I took off the metal zipper-pulls and replaced them with parachute cords.
What we liked best was that it is so roomy. It was easy to set up and take down. It is light weight even with the inner tent. It is possible to set up in a lot of different ways.
What we didn't like so much was the stakes and the zipper pulls. Both those things are so easy to change out so it isn't really a problem.