REI Clipper Tent
Ease of Setup: simple
I have had this tent for around 8 years now and it has been solid! Through years and years of abuse nothing has ever failed. Nice and cozy, but also with plenty enough head room to sit up comfortably. Stays dry as long as rainfly does not touch tent fabric. In order to do this make sure you use they guy lines and you will never be wet. Overall... great tent!
Design: 3 pole , free standing, 1 door
Ease of Setup: its a snap
Weight: about 6 lbs
Price Paid: $85
I got this on clearance from REI-outlet. At $84 it was hands down the best value for money I could find on the internet. So far it's proven to be a worthy shelter. I have used it 5 or 6 times on backpacks and mountaineering trips. I found it reliable and sturdy in winds. It's a little on the small side so fitting two people in it might be a tight squeeze.
The 3-pole design is nice and stable. I have never camped in rain or snow yet so cannot comment on its water-proofing. It does tend to heat up quite a bit in direct sunlight but I am willing to live with that, because it also means it retains warmth better than a tent with a lot of mesh netting on it.
Best tent I have ever owned. Between backcountry trail work and fire camp I have really put this little baby through the ringer. Many soggy days and no leaks. It fits two if need be but one has all the room they need. There is even a cot that will fit in it (after 6 weeks in fire camp a cot is a good thing). Great value!!!
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The REI Clipper tent is perfect for 3-season backpacking and bike touring. Lightweight, freestanding design features a convenient integrated vestibule for storing gear. Also features pole clip system and strong, lightweight DAC Featherlite(R) poles with locking pole tips for an easy setup. Inside floor seams are engineered to create a taut pitch and maximize floor space; factory seam-taping ensures a waterproof seal. Large mesh ceiling panel, new rear mesh panel and a built-in vestibule vent increase airflow. Convenient attic (included) and 2 interior pockets keep your small gear organized inside. UV-resistant polyester rainfly ensures a taut pitch, even when wet; small clear film window is perfect for viewing weather conditions. Roll up and secure vestibule door out of the way for more ventilation or create an awning by supporting vestibule door with trekking poles, not included. Back of the rainfly rolls up and secures half-way open for extensive views outside; quickly deploys for full coverage as needed. No-wick rip-and-stick pole wraps ensure rainfly stays in place even in precarious weather. Attention to detail shows in the reflective guy points and zipper pulls, and adjustable ladder-loc tie-downs on the rainfly. Comes with guylines and tighteners, stakes, pole repair tube, pole and stake bags and tapered, easy-to-stuff compression stuff sack. Footprint (not included) extends the life of your tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear. Special buy.