Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2
Design: 4 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Eeasy with practice, less then 10min with one person
Weight: 7 pounds give or take
Price Paid: $380
Just bought this tent last week for late fall, winter and early spring camping/backpacking and finally got a chance to use it this weekend on a short trip. I originally was looking at the Marmot Thor 2 and the MSR Elbowroom but I found this at my local shop on sale and decided to go with it instead.
This is probably the nicest tent I have ever owned both in quality and ease of use. I live and camp mainly in Ohio so it can get cold and wet which it did on my first hike with it. We had a good burst of rain and then it dipped down into the twenties at night. I'm glad to say that I stayed bone dry and warm all night. The tent seemed to ventilate quite well and I only had a little bit of condensation on the lower side wall (orange) where there is still 70d Tafeta. Other then that there was no condensation on the inside of the tent or on the rainfly when I woke up.
The tent is easy to set up with one person and worked well with the matching footprint. Both vestibules are large enough for gear along with all the storage pockets on the inside really helped out for food, flashlights and other small pieces of gear with out the need for an overhead gear loft.
The Taurine 2 has excellent head room at each end and at the doors (makes it nice when there is two of you, you can sit, face each other and play cards or eat comfortably), makes good use of a "dome" design.
Having said that, my personal opinion is that the tent really isn't a super roomy "2 man" tent, rather a very comfortable/spacious 1 man. With its narrow footprint I could see it getting a little cramped while winter camping with 2 people and gear. I'm sure if you were car camping or summer camping this tent would be perfect for two people, thought I don't know about the ventilation in the summer time.
The tent is a little heavy for one person to haul though I managed quite well with my 65L pack, again just a little on the heavy side and it would have been nice to split the load.
All and all this is by far the best tent I've had the pleasure of owning, very versatile, roomy and strong. You also have the option of just carrying the rainfly, poles and footprint and making a solid, basic shelter with the pitchlight feature. The tent did everything the manufacturer and reviews said it would, I'm very happy with my purchase and look forward to future trips with it.
Design: 4 seson free standing
Ease of Setup: easy as pie
This is an awesome tent. I used it brand new just after i got on a 7 day backpacking trip in southwestern Colorado and it rained 2 days straight and no leaks the stakes that hold it down can be a newsense while getting out of the tent but you get used to it. but otherwise the best tent i ever owned.
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Snow camping sans snow cave never looked so good as with Mountain Hardwear's Taurine 2 tent, a 2-person, 4-season tent. Stay totally dry in the guaranteed watertight construction comprised of polyurethane-coated or DWR-treated ripstop nylon with watertight SVX windows and ample vestibules for storing gear and boots outside of the tent and out of the rain.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Tent (Fall 2010) FEATURES of the Taurine 2 - 2 Person Tent by Mountain Hardwear Guaranteed watertight construction with fully taped fly, taped perimeter seam, welded corners and welded guy clip anchors. Rain room tested with 1200in. of rain in 24 hours. Atlas 7001 pole system is strong, lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion and dents, and easy to service by hand in the field Pitch Light configuration allows user to set up a superlight shelter using only the tent fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) 2 dry entry vestibules 2 dual canopy and mesh doors 2 SVX windows for a brighter interior and visibility of exterior conditions Loops for internal guy system Reflective guy-out loops, starter point and zipper pulls for easy set-up at night Welded guy clip anchors Mesh and canopy zippered thru-vent Superlight 1/4in. buckles and webbing reduce tent weight Gear can be stored off the floor using canopy pockets or a accessory gear lofts (sold separately) SPECIFICATIONS: Capcity: 2 Minimum Weight: 8 lb. 4 oz. / 3.73 kg. Pitch Light Weight: 6 lb. 2 oz. / 2.76 kg. Packed Weight: 8 lb. 13 oz. / 3.99 kg. Floor/Vestibule Area: 33 + 14 sq. ft. / 3.1 + 1.3 m2 Peak Height: 44in. / 112 cm Poles: 5 Doors: 2 Vestibules: 2 Packed Size: 7in. x 26in. / 19 x 66 cm. Usage: Four-Season Backpacking Materials: Tent Floor: 70D Nylon Taffeta 3000mm PU Poles Atlas 7001 Canopy 20D Nylon Knit Mesh;70D Nylon Ripstop DWR Fly 70D Nylon Taffeta 1500mm PU
This waterproof footprint protects the tent floor from damage and prolongs tent life by adding a layer between the tent floor and the ground.
Voted as Big and Versatile- Backpacker Magazine's Gear of the Year Awards 2009Designed for year round versatility: full coverage fly and 70D nylon canopy protect from snow, wind, spindrift and rain. Atlas 7001 frame and 4 season pole geometry for strength in stormy weather. Mesh covered vents allow air circulation while preventing spindrift from entering but can be opened in warmer conditions. Extra length and width accommodate larger sleeping bags, with room to store gear and change clothes inside. For warmer weather: pitch with fly and Pitch Light footprint to shave pounds. Footprint sold separately.
- Altrec Outdoors