User Review: GoLite Hex 3 Shelter (and Nest Insert)
Design: single pole
Ease of Setup: very simple on level ground, takes longer otherwise
Weight: around 3lb for the tent around 5.5lb with the nest
Price Paid: $300
My son and I used this set up for the first time last week (July 06)in a Forrest area (South Wales). Setup is very simple, only a matter of a few minutes. The tent proved very stable, and withstood 18 hours of very heavy rain without problem; no leaks, no condensation.
I would not say this is a three-person tent, but it slept the two of us with room for kit and lots of comfort.
Overall, you have a four-season, very lightweight, two-person tent, with excellent water shedding properties and wind resistance. You can leave the nest insert at home and use the tent as a tarp (the tent and nest have a hanging loop on top, or use just the nest as a bug shelter in warm weather. I can't speak highly enough of this setup.
Update: September 20, 2006
Super piece of kit. I paid about $300, but that was with the Nest as well, a good deal. Rain just runs off it, condensation is not a problem, especialy if you use the nest to make it a two skin tent. The trekking pole idea is that you use your pole and a length of pole that comes with the tent to achieve height, you DO NOT just rely on the trekking pole. Even with the nest, it's light enough to backpack with, leave the nest and poles at home and you can string the tent off a branch giving you a super size bivvy. The tent sleeps two in comfort with kit.