User Review: Mountain Hardwear EV 2
Price Paid: 600$
I just came home from a twenty-day hike in the mountains of Norway with this tent. During the summer. Big mistake.
Pros first! It pitches beautifully in a heartbeat, even when you're alone, and the wind is grabbing every inch of the tent it possibly can. It stays upright and secure in winds from every direction (the wind turned 90 degrees during the night — not the slightest problem!).
I'm a small person, and for me and my boyfriend, the tent was perfect size for us and our gear. We were prepared to leave our packs outside the tent, and had no trouble storing our shoes in the integrated vestibule. As I am a rather small person, the light weight is of great importance to me. It weighs next to nothing, and I have no trouble keeping up with my (much bigger and stonger) friends with this tent in my pack.
Cons: It leaks. In rain, we got most of our gear soaked. In bright sunshine, the condensation was unbelievable. After 23 days, I thought I'd figure out how to keep dry in it (it is after all an expensive and high-performance tent!), but no. And we really tried everything: all vents open, some closed and some open, pitching it loosely and tight, closing vents that were in direct exposure of the wind... The only weather that we actually could stay dry in, was no rain, with a good breeze coming in to keep the condensation out.
I really hope something is wrong with my tent, or that it might work better in the dry and cold winter I'll be able to test it in a few months from now.