Jack Wolfskin Rock 'n Roll 3
Design: four season bomb shelter
Ease of Setup: I lay the poles out 1st & can set this tent up in 10 minutes tops, I,ve probably set it up 100 times easy!!
Weight: Don't know/don't care, we split everything up! Guessing 7 lbs!
Price Paid: $200
We bought this tent in 1999 from Campmor. It's the best buy on a tent I ever made. It's been almost 8 years since the purchase, but I'm thinking this was a closeout and the regular price was around $350 more or less. It's been to Baxter State Park, Maine, in April. A week-long pack trip that was part of our honeymoon. The J Wolf made it very comfortable. It was part of a Yellowstone backcountry adventure, also a week long. This trip was in late April to early May, we snowshoed into the Slough Creek area pulling our gear on a sled. Camped on top the snow and it was a great trip. Made better by the comfort range of this tent. It's been to Sequoui Park also as a car camping trip.
One of the most extreme outings was on the AT in Virginia. We went up to the Parkway in Nov on a 2 day pack trip and went thru an ice storm. It rained the night before and the tent froze on the outside (I have pics). It had a 1/2 inch of ice on it and looked like a colored ice sculpture. It didn't phase the tent at all.
We love the way it looks inside thru the fly, makes everything look like it's under a black light. The vents on top were genius. They are the key to no condensation problems EVER!! Just leave them rolled open, even in the winter. We just did an overnighter with our two sibes on Shavers Mountain near Elkins, WV. Camped on top of 2 to 3 feet of snow and it performed flawlessly, as convenient and comfortable as ever. There was plenty of room for my wife and I and the 2 dogs and gear. ONE GREAT ADVENTURE TENT!!
Design: 3-4 season somewhat free standing
Ease of Setup: moderate
Weight: about 10lbs
Price Paid: don't remember!
Not really a backpacking tent: too heavy! But it's comfortable, and relatively easy to set up, and the fly does a great job of keeping out the rain. The tent is quite versatile in terms of windows and access, offering access from either end, as well as two skylights.
Design: 4 season expedition modified dome, 4 poles + 1 for front vestibule
Sleeps: 3 good friends
Ease of Setup: fairly easy, continuous mesh sleeves
Weight: close to 9 pounds including everything
Price Paid: retails for $439 Can.
I bought this tent after looking at tents from The North Face, Mountain Hardware, Sierra Design, Eureka and others. After about 2 years of use, I would buy the same tent now. The polyester fly makes a tent more solid because it doesn't expand when it is wet, which is what happens with a nylon fly. There are 2 mesh openings in the ceiling which can be zipped shut if this is needed but I have always left them open even during winter because the tent can get stuffy if you have wet clothes and are drinking something hot inside the tent. This generates alot of steam. (read: condensation) This tent is rock solid and can withstand a real snowstorm without flapping. It would probably benefit from having awnings built in the fly to help air circulation. I have used it in all conditions: Adirondacks in winter at 4,000 feet, summer in Laurentians and I can realy say that this is a comfortable tent for 2 with gear or 3 with not too much gear. The hooped vestibule is large and solid. This is a very good alternative for someone who does not want to spend big bucks and still have all the benefits of the big names.
Design: 4 Season Expedition Dome
Sleeps: 2 Large guys
Ease of Setup: Faster than average. Uses full length sleeves
Weight: About 9 pounds
Price Paid: $199 U.S. Close-out
I bought the tent a couple of days before a 10 day trip to Maine. Mostly car camping (wouldn't want to carry this bad boy too far) but we set the tent and broke it down each day (10 days) as we moved from location to location. The tent was great. Warm...almost too warm during 45 degree evenings. Ventilation is adequate, but not great. Even against a strong ocean wind (20-25 knots) the tent breezed through even without the included foul weather guy lines. One warning...be careful setting the poles up. Follow directions or you may likely overstress the diagonal poles and snap them. Pays to read the directions before you set the tent up...spoken from experience. I got the tent at a Campmoor (NJ, USA) closeout for $199 US and consider that a bargain when compared to other manufacturer's offerings in that price range. Overall...a really well made tent that has been great for car camping and canoe tripping. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Design: 4 season free standing
Ease of Setup: not super easy but if you use it more than once a year not hard...
Price Paid: $250
The rain fly is made of polyester and does not stretch like nylon, especially when wet. The double vestibules are perfect. This tent is no longer made but is an amazing product.
The only thing I would change is where the poles come together on the side. I think they would be better if they crossed each other like The North Face Mountain Tent. Not crossing seems to push the center together; but this saves weight on tent pole material and does not affect performance.
One of the best tents ever made; polyester fly and vestibule coverage are best in class!
Ease of Setup: easy
I bought this from Campmor several years ago and I never considered the weight of a tent. I've actually carried this thing on major hikes and didn't know that no sane person would carry anything this heavy. I just did it. I just lifted it up to do some pre-season maintenance and I was like "DAMN this thing is heavy!" It's a great tent though. I love it, it's pretty indestructible. Plenty of room- front and rear vestibules. I just have got to see how much lighter an actual backpacking tent really is.
Design: 4-season freestanding whatever
Ease of Setup: Takes more time than most but is simple
Weight: 10 pounds
Price Paid: $350
I bought this in 1995 new at a now defunct store in Sacramento. I used it camping under the wing of an airplane three times. Now, 12 years later, I dragged it out of storage and guess what? It's in perfect condition and it still weighs ten pounds. Now I remember why I never took it backpacking. But you could split up the poles, tent and fly. It's very spacious and still a marvel of design. Next time I'm car camping, it'll be there.
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