User Review: GoLite Hex 3 Shelter
Design: 3 season teepee
Ease of Setup: 2 out of 5
Price Paid: $185
Just got back from a high altitude overnighter, my first chance to test out the Hex3. It rained/snowed off and on for 12 hours, with a few short sessions of hail. No leaks. Floor worked excellent at keeping runoff rain from getting near my gear. Around 11 p.m. came the howling wind. With all corners and mid sections staked out, along with the two guy wires, my shelter hardly budged.
The Hex 3 is outstanding when it comes to shedding wind and rain. Very little moisture formed on the inside, but not once did I get wet. Also was able to cook all meals inside tent. If you expect windy conditions, bringing 3-4 extra stakes is a must to anchor down all the loops. Would choose a hexagonal floor layout over square anyday. You'll know why once you experience the Hex3 in harsh weather.
Update: February 19, 2009
2 and a half years later, I've put many more nights in the Hex3. I've mostly used it for 3 season camping/backpacking, as an attempt to set this up in the snow proved to be a hassle. Without solid stake downs on all sides, the sturdiness of the tent becomes degraded, and the walls sag, cramping the living space. It really takes some heavy and wet snow, along with snow anchors to securely setup the tent.
Another minor difficulty is folding the tent. It takes a lot more time and effort to get the odd shape back into the storage sack.
Aside from these 2 things, it's still a favorite tent of mine to use. It is very lightweight, and provides plenty of room for 2-3 people. It's kept my friends and I completely dry, and the little condensation produced on the inside is easy to shake off with the help of someone.
It's great if you use the nest with this. To avoid using the pole, you can place a golf ball or ping pong ball on the inside of the nest, and from the outside tie some parachute cord just under the ball, over the shelter. Then attach the line to a tree branch or another line tied between 2 trees.
Highly recommend for a 3 season tent, but would keep looking if I needed a snow sport shelter.