L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light…
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (LL Bean)
We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light grey), which supposedly has been improved for this year's green model. Hard to imagine how they could improve it, but apparently it is a slightly stronger fabric, and is actually $50 less expensive! The design is the same, and so our review would be useful for this, or prior year's model.
- Easy to pack
- Has kept us dry!
- Hmmm...maybe lack of size of area under fly that serves as a "vestibule"
This free-standing tent is easy to assemble, goes up quickly, and also can be taken down with ease. In our family, it is usually put up by one person, without any assistance required.
We use it primarily for canoe camping, and for the past three years (at least 30 nights use) it has served us well. We use it in temperatures from 40 degrees up to summer evenings of 60-70 degrees (it is a 3-season tent). When it is all closed up, it is warm for us, and our two dogs...in warmer temps, the fly can be opened up at the doors, and there is great air flow.
The zippers on the doors are easy to use, and seemed ergonomically designed. The tent is roomy (2 of us, gear, and 2 large dogs have quite adequate room), and has multiple inside storage pouches, and hook loops for gear inside. The outside "vestibule" area under the fly is not large, but that has only been an issue on pouring rain nights, when trying to get shoes on, or the such, without getting wet.
The floor of the tent has remained dry, even in torrential rains (we do use the suggested LL Bean footprint). The lightweight fabric, in light colors, means the tent does let in some light, which was appreciated on a recent morning when we spent 6 hours storm-bound in the tent with the dogs.
The tent, poles, fly, footprint, stakes...all pack up into a nice tight package, that fits easily in a 20-liter dry bag (for packing in the canoe). After a trip, it airs out well, and has not retained any of those "special" camping odors.
We certainly would recommend this tent to others, especially with the current reduced price!
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For 2014 we've added a more durable fabric and lighter weight aluminum frame to this popular tent, and still managed to lower the price an astounding $50. It's a great backpacking, kayak camping and bicycle touring tent that's packed with the technical features that make it spacious, comfortable and dry. Lightweight aluminum frame is exceptionally strong and easy to set up. Weatherproof full-coverage fly is equipped with dual vestibules that have been simplified to feature a single zipper and stakeout point, while providing lots of dry storage space for gear. Vestibule flaps can be rolled back and held in place for more ventilation in dry weather. Tent canopy is made of no-see-um mesh for ventilation and to keep out bugs. User-friendly two-door design lets you get in or out without climbing over gear. Imported. Capacity Three people plus gear. Dimensions 7'6" x 6'. Peak height 46"H. Floor space 45 sq. ft. Vestibule area 8.5 sq. ft. each. Minimum weight 5 lb. 12 oz. Packed size 23" x 8".