Wow. This tent changed my whole idea of camping. If…
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: just plain easy
Weight: 9.5 lb
Price Paid: US $399
Wow. This tent changed my whole idea of camping. If you carry an extra tooth brush, just in case one breaks this might be the tent for you.
I have a Moss Hooped Outland (Now MSR Sitadel). I purchased this Moss four years ago and have seriously used it once. Even though I went off to live and camp for two years plus exclusively. It was "bomb proof" and claustraphobic.
The Velo has twice the complete area and head room. The vestibule at 32 sq-ft is the same size as the tent at 33 sq-ft and lots of head room.
It turns out that at that size the vesibule is just too small. If you want to sit and read in it while it rains for two days and enjoy the vista with an MSR stove and teapot at your feet. They get wet. I had an old MHW wing, adding 1.5 lbs. to the load and up to another 40 - 50 sq-ft to my ponderosa porch and now I have home.
This tent is flexible, solid, a bit heavier, if you want it to be (use your imagination) and it's the lightest most comfortable home away from home I can imagine.
I just came back from two weeks in northern Idaho, and used this tent every day. And Used it.
I had also been considering Bibler's Ahwahnee 2, which for full four season would be better. But it was not easy to set up. You need muscles to get the poles in the mickey dickey metal things. The detailing is silly.
The Velo might pass very nicely in light duty four season, since it does seal up completely. And ventilation and access options are great for summer and even as a bug-hut.
I intend to use this tent and add some other lightweight livabilty options. This is not your ideal tent, but, for me it's the 80%-150% solution that gets used.