This is a four-person expedition model from Taiwanese…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: US $225
This is a four-person expedition model from Taiwanese tent maker Rhino. The design is similar to the classic TNF geodesic VE-25 with one long vestibule in the front and another smaller one in the rear. With five poles and a low-profile design it should withstand typical alpine wind conditions, though I've yet to take it up high.
- strong wind resistant structure
- ample room for four people
- storage pockets are a bit small
- lacks a gear loft
In order to reduce condensation the fly has two cross vents that do a fairly good job of encouraging airflow. Also, the fly and floor materials are suitably robust for a tent that is expected to be subjected to harsh conditions.
On the down side, the lack of YKK zippers may become an issue over the life of the product. Like most four-season tents, this model is at its best in dry alpine conditions. Pitching in lowland rain or cloud forest would require keeping both inner doors open.
At a price point of under $250 this is surely one of the more affordable winter camping options.
- Fly and floor: 70D nylon with a 2000 mm PU coating
- Inner tent is constructed from breathable nylon with ventilation netting on top
- Aluminum alloy poles
- Two doors
- Two vents
- 103 x 89W x 52H (262 x 225 x 133)
- Large front vestibule
- Four interior pockets for storage
- Six guy ropes
- Made in Taiwan