User Review: MEC Tarn 2
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199
Three season, two (1.5, really) person tent. Single entry, pyramid design, ply/nylon construction. Intended use, backpacking. A little heavy weighing in at almost 3 kgs.
- Good price
- Stable construction
- Very snug when inside (bad for tall people)
- Some moisture transfer/Poor ventilation
- Low ceiling
I used this tent backpacking on Vancouver Island over a period of two weeks.
Setup: I found this tent very easy to pitch. The only issue arises when clipping the fly to the poles, as there seems to be a little too much tension, and it can be difficult to get the ends of the poles into their anchors at the ends of the tent body. This concerns me, as I can see the material weakening in these areas in the future. Fly first setup is simple, should you need to set this tent up this way.
Stability: Very stable tent; this is due to the third pole, which hoops over the entrance. I took this tent winter camping, and it held up under two feet of snow.
Weather Resistance: I've only seen about two days of hard rain with this tent, and I found that it handled all right. I did find that the floor was a bit damp after day two, and I was using a groundsheet.
Ventilation: Condensation was a big issue with this tent. It is mostly a closed canopy, with two thin strips of mesh at the top, and the option to convert the door to full mesh. Maybe better as a spring/fall tent. I took this tent out in August, and had condensation problems for a few nights.
Room: It is SNUG inside this tent. I can see anyone taller than me (5'7") having a comfortable time in this tent. There is little headroom. As for it being a two-person tent, you'd have to be on very friendly terms, and leave your gear outside in the single, albeit roomy, vestibule. I see it more as a 1.5 person tent.
Packability: Very easy to take down and pack up. I heard of other users stowing the tent and fly in a 10 L stuff sack different from the one it comes in, for easier stowage. I found the bag it comes in is shaped perfectly for strapping it to the outside of my pack
Ease of Use: Very consistent, and everything worked as expected. I did experience problems with the window on the fly delaminating. MEC repaired this for me free of charge, as it happened early on, in the first two weeks after purchase. They advised my that it was probably due to the tent being packed when damp. I see this as inevitable, given the weather on the PNW.
Features: Reflective tabs and guylines, def a life saver when trying to find tent in the dark. Two inner pockets, but no loft (are loops on upper canopy for a loft option. I used them as anchors for a clothesline). Poles are different colours, to help with tent setup.