Trail Weight 4 lb 12 oz / 2.16 kg
Packaged Weight 5 lb 2 oz / 2.13 kg



A compromise between weight and functionality. This…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199


A compromise between weight and functionality.


  • Design
  • Cost
  • Roomy
  • Weight
  • Free standing


  • Weight

This tent is a compromise between a larger car camping tent and an ultralight backcountry tent. At 4¾ pounds it is much heavier than many ultralight tents and shelters but it is roomier than they are.I bought this tent to take my Cub Scouts hiking. The weight is well worth it for short hikes in and ease of setup.

GoLite states that the tent, with experience, can be set up in a minute. With my challenged dexterity this is a stretch, but two or three minutes is very doable. Connect one multi-section H pole, attach to ball sockets in the corners and clip inner tent to the pole. Spread the rain fly and attach to the corners, staking is optional. Which is another feature, setting up on a tent platform is easy with a freestanding tent.

The design of the tent has impressed me too. While still light for a three person, freestanding tent the pole is well constructed and slots firmly into the tent body with a solid feel. Nothing is loose or slack and none of the connections has to be forced. The parts fit together with a reassuring snap.

I think the only failing with this tent is that is isn't perfect for car camping and it isn't perfect for multi-day backpacking trips.


I know about tenting with a Cub Scout! Thanks for the review, Tycho.

4 years ago

Nice write up, Tycho. I've never heard of this tent before, but it looks like a really great tent for two people who want extra space but don't want to carry a lot of extra weight.

4 years ago
Daniel Oates

Seems like a good balance of weight, price, and roominess. I've been curious about GoLite tents since you don't see them everyday in the stores. Thanks Tycho.

4 years ago

Golite pulled back and now only sells direct, claiming a 50% cost savings. This tent is comparable to to most free standing tents in the $300 to $400 range. You just have to make a leape buying it sight unseen.

4 years ago

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