High Peak Enduro
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75 on ebay
This tent is reliable, inexpensive, and great for all 4 seasons. I have used this in multiple situations, weather conditions, and on multiple trips — I will summarize the conditions below. I have used this tent for about 3 years.
- Strong and reliable in all weather
- Roomy enough for 2 people
- Poles stick slightly when feeding them through the sleeves
Setup - Quite easy to pitch alone, very easy with 2 people. Poles stick slightly when being fed through the tent's pole sleeves, but this is only a minor annoyance.
The following section should speak to weather resistance, ventilation, room and storage, and packability. Described are trips and situations I have encountered when using this tent.
- Many winter overnights with temperatures varying from below zero to about 30 degrees. On these trips the tent held warmth from our bodies and candle lantern well. It was noticeably warmer inside when we got up in the morning.
- Windy conditions - I have set this up during winter trips that had sustained 30 mph winds, and set it up during last year's hurricane Sandy that pounded the east coast for 2 days. I set it up in the hurricane in the middle of my 2 acre lawn, with no trees and no structures to protect it from the wind. The wind from that storm hit us at about 35 mph sustained with gusts up to 65 mph. The tent was staked in to wet, saturated lawn and never moved once.
- Two summer camping trips with the wife — we kept the rainfly off and left all the vents unzipped. We could see the night sky and were plenty cool.
This tent is roomy enough for 2 people plus a small amount of gear. The vestibule is small and compact but will hold a couple of packs to protect them from weather. The tent weighs 8-9 lbs, which is pretty standard for winter tents. When folded up, it is compact slightly larger then an NFL sized football.
Design: 4 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: so easy I can do it in the dark
Weight: about 7 lbs.
Price Paid: $129
Great 4 season tent for the money. I have paid three times more for lesser quality. If you put a big name on it people (even tent snobs) would rave about it.
It packs small for a 4 season tent, nice poles, not to bright and flashy and well designed. In winter it handles a fair snow load, almost draft free and retains body heat well.
Spring it is dry with just the rite amount of ventilation and a rugged water tight floor. The fall is like the spring minus the wet, blends in well with fall colors. Last fall it was used on a bicycle trip along the Erie canal towpath totaling 340 miles with 6 nights spent in the tent.
Summer you will roast with the fly on above 80 deg., with the fly off it has just the rite amount of air flow. The construction is good and the zippers are of a average weight, the material and screens are better than some I have seen from the more popular brands.
There was only one thing I had to do before I was truly pleased with the tent. That was I coated the tent poles with talc powder to allow the poles to slide freely through the pole sleeves.
The tent has been set up and slept in around 50 times with me and my son or just me alone with no issues to speak of. Overall I think the tent is a great value.
Design: Free Standing, 3 Pole, 4 Season
Ease of Setup: 6 (1 easy / hard 10) I have had worse & I have had easier
Weight: 6.5 - 7 lb
Price Paid: $99
I bought this tent last fall and used it in the fall, winter, spring and summer, so yes I have used it in all 4 seasons more than once or twice in each season. Now I don't know what the other reviewer was doing when he stated he had to fold his large sleeping pad by 1/3 because the internal length is over 7 foot and the internal width I wide enough to accommodate 2 large sleeping pads with no issues.
With the popular 3 pole design the inside walls are almost straight up and down giving you much more room than a typical 2 pole or A-frame design. It has zip panels for ventilation in warm weather but on that note if you are looking for a strictly 3 season tent for late spring, summer and early fall then I would not recommend this tent for you.
Because of its 4 season rating is a tad heavy and a bit hot, there are better choices that are just as economical, lighter weight and cooler. If you are a full 4 season camper then this tent is a good choice. Also the first few times you set the tent up the sleeves that the poles go through are a bit sticky and it takes a bit of time to fish them through for the first few times you set up and take it down so a little patients goes a long way for the first few times.
Pros: Durable, strong, vestibule, 1 door, dual fly vents, mesh door, roof & rear panel with zip in covers, light weight (for a 4 season tent) economically easy on your wallet, well made.
Cons: Warm for the summer season, heavy for a summer tent
Note: Some people have had a problem with the grommets for the pole anchors coming loose or breaking off. Each tab has 2 grommets so if one falls out you still have one to fall back on and you can get grommet replacement kit from REI or Campmor etc for a few dollars.
Over all it is a good tent and I would recommend it to a friend.
Design: four-seaon, nearly free standing
Ease of Setup: After the first time setup is easy, replacing grommets for larger helps a lot :)
Price Paid: $99
I purchased this tent for a trip out west last March. For any of you who live in Colorado or the surrounding states you may remember the snow storm that hit during late Mach of 2009. I slept in this tent nearly every night of the trip and have to say I was incredibly impressed with its performance. I was slightly skeptic buying a "lesser brand" tent however after putting it thru its paces I can say it does just fine.
We drove thru the blizzard the first night and camped out at the trail head for Hanging Lake the second night (we didn't see the no camping sign). That night it dropped down to the single digits but I was completely fine in the enduro. The next morning I woke up to find about 1/4" of ice covering my tent but was still considerably warmer than my friends who only had a Coleman 3-season.
The remaining nights were spent at Zion and Grand Canyon NPs and were in the high teens to low twenties. I remained very comfortable in the tent aside from waking up to a damp interior which was mostly my fault for keeping it closed up so tight trying to stay warm.
I also managed to pop a grommet out one of the days while trying to assemble the tent during extremely high wind in Zion. I replaced that grommet with a slightly larger and thicker one which I bought in a set of 25 for ~$10. Before backpacking season starts back up I'll probably wrench the rest of the factory grommets out and replace them with the larger ones due to the fact its simply easier to assemble the tent not having to fit the keys in such a tight hole.
Overall I give the tent a 5/5 especially when considering the price. For anyone who's on the fence don't worry about the brand. I also have a large 3-4 man 3-season High Peak and love it. All High Peaks seem to have plenty of anchor points and in my experience, stand up very well to even the strongest winds.
I realize that the grommets pulling out in the Enduro is a bit of an inconvenience but for a $100+ difference in price between 4-season tents I'm more than willing to replace all of them.
Design: 4 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: simple
Weight: 7 pounds
Price Paid: $90
This is a great tent. It is easy to set up. It has ample room to store gear and plenty of room inside for 2 people. It doesn't weigh a ton and can be put up quickly.
There are only two downsides that I can see. First, I like to have a vestibule that goes away from the tent on all sides. This tent doesn't have that. It does however keep you really dry when the weather gets bad.
The other downside was some of the construction. I have only been out on 4 trips with it so far. But on the first trip, two of the grommets came off of the pole tabs. Their are two grommets on each one, so it doesn't matter that much, but it still bugged me the whole trip. It was an easy fix.
Overall, great tent. Would have paid a lot more for it.
Ease of Setup: 10 minutes for one person
Weight: 6.5 lbs
The poles are difficult to get through the sticky sleeves. I ended up having to cut mine because the poles got stuck. After less than two years of use, the poles broke. The seems have been leaking since the beginning despite seem sealer.
It retains heat, good for winter but rough in the summer. It's a lot smaller inside than most 2-people tents; when I lay out my full-sized mattress pad, I have to fold 1/3 of it in half to fit it in. I was expecting more out of the tent for what I paid.
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