User Review: GoLite Hex 3 Shelter
Design: three or four season tepee tarp
Ease of Setup: Very fast and easy (also sleeps 2 border collies)
Weight: depends on floor, bugnest, or tarp only
Price Paid: $300
Howdy, my name is Rob and I have a tent fetish.....deep sigh.
BUT, I've also spent most of my career working in large Wilderness Areas in Montana and Wyoming. So, a good tent means can make the difference. I've personally owned some of the finest. To whit, Bibler Kiva, Bibler Eldorado, Bibler tripod bivy, Hilleberg Stalon, Black Diamond MegaMid, Mountain Hardware Kiva, plus a passel of lesser doo daws, gimcracks, and tarps. After encountering the MH Kiva and then the Go Lite Hex I became a convert.
It started with the MH Kiva. Here was a tent I could pack on the mules, set up in an incredibly short time, sleep comfortably with two trail dust border collies and gear, or even sleep with a border collie tolerant second person. Yet this tent was light enough to throw in a backpack and head for the Wind Rivers climbing. I remember five people playing cards in a MH Kiva during a passing rain storm as we staged for a Haystack climb. In short, I became a tepee style tent convert.
Then I discovered the Hex 3 with the even lighter Silnet material. Both the Kiva and the Hex 3 offered the versatility of being a fly, a fly w/ floor, a bug nest, or a complete two wall tent. Of course this depends on time of year, bugs, distance, other gear, and optimally someone else to split the loads with (I'll carry the fly and poles and you bring the nest). My backpacking buddy and I use to use a Bibler Kiva, a superb tent, for most of our expeditions. At least until I bought the Hex and now it is our main tent.
I also ended up purchasing a couple of Hexes and a Kiva for the Wilderness crews to use. Some love them, some love a traditional freestanding dome tent, and others adhere to the giant canvas pyramid tent style. For my personal needs, I've currently ebayed all my expensive tents and have two pre-owned wore out 'NOLS garage sale' MH Kivas and my Go-To tent, the Go-Lite Hex 3.
Pros: lightweight, very roomy, tall enough to get dressed in, no floor or a removable floor keeps dirt and debris at the campsite, very quick to set up.
Cons: condensation (but in reality most tents share this problem and the Kiva-Hex can be shaken out easily), and are not as durable as canvas or 'synthetic' canvas for hard use all summer long.
And when Fall snows come it is time for a tent with a heater stove, Amen