User Review: Gossamer Gear The One
Design: three season, non-freestanding
Ease of Setup: From 1 to 10, 10 being the hardest. 5.5.
Weight: 19.5oz. with six stakes, and a polycryo ground cloth.
Price Paid: $275
This shelter is outstanding! I could not be more happy with it. (well, I could, but I'll get into that later)
It is ultralight, provides full bug protection and wonderful weather resistance. The bathtub floor is big enough for my regular sized neo-air mattress, and leaves plenty of room to my left for a book, my lightweight radio, and my crocs. The stitching is extremely high quality, and it was VERY easy to seamseal.
The "no-see-um" mesh is of great quality and it will clearly stand up to quite a bit of abuse. I was initially nervous about the spinnaker fabric being able to tolerate my ham fisted nature, but after a dozen or so pitches and a couple actual bag nights, it is standing up very well.
This tent takes a couple tries to get pitched right, but once you get it, its like riding a bike!
I have two gripes about "The One"...
1.) I am 5'11". On my Neo-air (2.5" thick) with my spring/fall quilt (jacks r better Hudson River) the footbox of the quilt touches the fabric of the tent wall. This is only a problem if it is particularly cold and rainy, however.
2.) The vestibule "beak" is pretty high off the ground, and it is difficult to get it much lower than 10" high. Due to the angle of the fabric and the distance involved there is no realistic chance that precipitation might enter the tent, but if it is particularly windy and cold you will have to choose your site, and pitch carefully, with the back into the wind.
These gripes are not major, however, and I am very comfortable rating this shelter somewhere between 4 and 4.5 start, the weight/protection/ventilation ratio is outstanding, and Gossamer Gear products in general are outstanding in quality!
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