Quest Cornice III
Design: 3 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 7-9 lbs
Price Paid: Paid aprox $300
I love this tent! I have used it hard for nine years now and not a single rip or broken piece. Still use the tent, now more as I have a wife and 2 dogs. Backpacking with it seems really heavy, yet in a rain storm all gear can be stored in back of vestibule and dogs up front. The front vestibule is big enough to cook in and store lots of goods. In sunny weather the top of the tent is screen mesh and with the two windows great stars views can be seen. Although my front screen was ripped through by my dog the tent still has ample ventilation.
My tent has survived snow camping (soaked through bottom, but top ok), a week of solid rain in Alaska, countless trips in the Sierra Nevada and now resides in the wet climate of Humboldt county, CA. Only a few burn holes inside and original seam seal 1994, and this tent is still well worth the hike in. Lots of room, best slept with two people but 3 does work; be sure to put yourself in the middle. Can't say enough about the fun I've had in it, the number of people I've loaned it to and had great trips, just take my word, a great tent comparable to all the new technology.
Design: 3 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: average
Weight: 7-8 lbs
Price Paid: Too much!!!!!
I bought this tent several years ago and have regretted it ever since. It's a piece of junk!!! It leaks, it's too heavy, the pole hub system sucks because you can't take the poles off the tent when it's time to pack it up. The only consolation I have is that this was the first supposedly high-end tent I ever bought and I have learned so much since then. I paid $400 Can. for it and I've seen since for 150 bucks!! What does that tell you?? Now I let my kids use it for summer sleepouts in the backyard and that's only if I know it isn't going to rain.
I hope this was pretty clear to anyone thinking of buying this tent. Don't do it!!
Design: free standing dome
Ease of Setup: easy and quick
Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz
Price Paid: $139 US
I have used this tent for 2 seasons and found it to be a good performer. It has a back door and a mesh roof panel. I have recoated the fly with waterproofer just in case but it was very waterproof before and did not have a humidity problem.
It will fit two people with packs or three without.
Picked it up from www.piragis.com
Update: July 25, 2003
I originally wrote a review of this tent after two seasons. Now after seven seasons am still happy with it. Had a problem with the front zipper (might have been from my own abuse) and Quest replaced the whole tent. That's a lifetime warranty for you.
Design: 3 or light 4 season dome
Ease of Setup: very easy thanks to the pole clips and "sportiva hub"
Weight: 7 lbs
Price Paid: Paid $200
I love this tent!!! Very low profile, comes with rain fly with built in vestibule for both front door and back large, D-shaped window. Basically 6x6 ft design, full mesh ceiling. 2-mesh side pockets and hanging mesh gear place.
After 3-years of hard use no problems at all!!!
Very water tight although I did seam seal it and I have applied a product called "Water Shed" to the tub floor and rain fly and tent corners. Never a single leak. Tent breathes extremely well. Stongly recommend this tent to anyone. Has aluminum poles and short of alpine climbing should work well as a 4-season tent.
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