Moss Tents Little Dipper
Design: four season
Ease of Setup: fairly easy
Weight: 5.1 kg
Price Paid: $700
Bought this tent half a year ago. I was looking for a 4-season tent, able to hold 4 people and it had to be a geodesic design. I came across the little dipper in an outdoor shop in The Netherlands and I knew this was the tent I wanted!!! I normally use the tent during backpacking and bicycle holidays throughout Europe. With backpacking you need at least 1 buddy to share the weight of the tent, during bicycle holidays weight isn't really an issue (at least, to me). Summarizing:
SPACE: square floor plan (over 50 square feet!). Great for 2 during extended trips, good for 3, able to hold 4. Large hooped vestibule where you can put all the gear of at least 2 people with some room left to cook.
DESIGN: well thought through. Large stake loops, reflective guy lines, lots of gear pockets inside (6!) and gearloft included, low wind shedding design.
MATERIALS: top quality (DAC 9.3 mm alu poles), rip stop polyester flysheet, brass grommets, reflective guy lines.
VENTILATION: excellent (2 doors, with zipped mesh screens), one side can be opened to reveal a mesh side wall) a top vent etc. Great in warm climates.
PERFORMANCE: I used the tent in torrential downpours, no problem. With 1 meter of snow on to, no problem. The flysheet seams are taped as is the seam in the groundfloor.
WEIGHT: Okay, a bit heavy but you get durable quality and especially after spending a couple of nights in a Dutch autumn downpour for days, warm and dry in my little dipper whilst tents around me were collapsing, the weight is definately worth the effort!
Overall a great, sturdy, top quality tent. I have used tent of MACPAC, TNF (VE25) and they don't compare to the little dipper. This Moss tent is just one of the best there is!!
Ease of Setup: you have to be a expert
Price Paid: 900 euro
Wow it's huge and beautifull. If you think it's too heavy, buy a better backpack!
By far the most pretty design that has ever been made. When people lay on their back in the inner tent they're just amazed.
Maybe the best ventilation you can get in a tent, with one side-wall you can zip open for some fresh air and a roof ventilation.
Setup is the only major problem on the tent, it just takes some time and effort and frustration to get the four poles through the sleeves. But when it stands, it just keeps on standing whatever the wind is doing.
There's just too much room for two people in the tent, and you have a great vestibule for your dog and room to cook and store you backpack.
But too bad, the don't make it anymore. Now it's MSR, which changed the color to greyish, try to get a Moss when you find one. It's better and the golden-yellow color with the red inner make it a little party to stay in when it's pouring outside (wonder why some brands make green tents, maybe people like to be kept depressed when the weather is depressing).
Design: 4 season
Ease of Setup: Can do it in pitch black after a few setups
Weight: Too heavy to backpack with by yurself
Price Paid: $600
I've backpacked with this tent, car camped, put it on my horse and taken off, canoed with it, you name it - never gotten wet no matter how hard the downpour, and it has held up to heavy snow.
Shame the best tent company ever is no more.
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