User Review: Quest Preying Mantis 4S
Ease of Setup: this tent sets up fairly easy except it shrinks in extreme cold making it hard to set the pole ends into the "pockets"
Weight: 9.5 lbs
Price Paid: $369
I bought this tent new from an outfitter in Ely, MN, back in 1995. I spent many snowy and -40 nights in this tent while trekking the BWCAW over the course of 5 years. This tent has seen punishment, being tossed into a canoe at sub-zero temps, camping on ice of a frozen lake, and being set up in the black of night with winds howling!
At first I felt foolish for spending so much on a tent until I spent my first winter night in it. It is an unbelievably awesome design. NO frost on the inside in the morning is not only nice, it is necessary for winter survival, when you spend 2 months in it miles from the nearest cabin! Some may balk at the weight of this tent but once you spend a restful winter night in it, it will seem like a feather in the morning.
I found the footprint of this tent to be invaluable on the many cramped sites in the BWCAW, while fellow campers had trouble pitching their tent comfortably on the same spot.
The vestibule was an incredible asset, allowing me shelter to ice fish from it in survival mode. Although it sleeps 2, it was perfect for one with all the extra gear of winter camping on extended trips.
A very durable tent for serious winter camping! Still in use after 13 years should say something about its quality of workmanship. I hope this tent never goes out of production.