REI Mountain 2
Price Paid: $339
I am very impressed with this tent.
I just got back from a camping trip where the first night I had 50 mph gusts and it also rained off and on all weekend. The tent was excellent, it didn't flap around in the wind and I stayed bone dry and cozy inside. I did not experience any condensation either, I kept the rainfly upper vents closed and the tent upper vents open and it worked like a charm.
The vestibule is enormous on this thing, one of the reasons I bought it. The tent is a little heavy, hence only four and a half stars, but I don't mind due to the comfort and quality for the price. I am 6'1", 245 lbs. and sleep solo very comfortably in the Mountain 2.
I would recommend this tent to anyone not worried about the extra weight.
Ease of Setup: easy but slow
Price Paid: $199
This tent is fantastic. The vestibule is THE reason to own this tent. I can store all gear and even cook in the vestibule. I can change out of wet dirty clothes in the vestibule. My dog sleeps in the vestibule too.
I have owned this tent 2 years now and it still looks new. Just used it for 18 days in Maine. Always dry inside. If you stake the tent out correctly and tighten everything up it is balloon tight. A wind driven rain is no match for this tent. Climb into vestibule zip door closed, change into dry clothes, enter your bone dry sleeping area. It is nice and cozy inside when all hell is breaking loose outside. When there is a cold rain climb inside and light a candle. The inside will be 15 degree warmer, I'm not kidding.
The only downside is the tent is heavy for backpacking, but split between 2 people it is fine. The tent is not for hot WX, but I have used it when temps are warm and it is fine due to the chimney vents.
My only regret is not buying the 3 man version. It only weighs a pound more with a lot more room.
Design: 4 season free standing dome
Ease of Setup: easy, but time consuming
Weight: 9 lbs or more
Price Paid: $199
I just was on Orizaba where we encountered a sleet storm with 40 mph+ gusts.The wind blew directly at the side of tent. Even though the top vent was closed and the tent guyed down, the sleet somehow got in between the layers, iced up the inside and caused much wetness where my friend's sleeping bag contacted the icy inner wall. I was completely confident in the sturdiness of the tent in that wind, but the icing up on inside concerns me. The tent is also rather heavy for backpacking but plenty roomy and one vestibule is enough.
Design: four-season semi-rectangular
Ease of Setup: fairly easy for a mountaineering tent
Weight: around 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $180
I used this tent on Rainier and it worked wonderfully. I do a lot of mountaineering, and this is the tent I use. It has one large front vestibule, whereas many climbing tents have two, but I have found the one to be perfectly adequate, and it also saves weight to have just the one. Too heavy for backpacking, but perfect for mountaineering.
Ease of Setup: Could be a little easier
Weight: Around 7.5 lbs
As the other reviewers have mentioned, this tent is built bombproof for mountaineering, but would make a very heavy backpacking tent. One of my favorite features is the oversized, vented vestibule; I've used it for cooking in bad weather on multiple occasions (just make sure the moisture is not getting into the tent or you'll have a wet night) an loved it.
I decided that I really like this tent after sitting out a major storm on Rainier for two days (sustained winds of 60+ mph, with gusts over 90). This tent held up without a problem, but both of the other, more expensive tents in our party suffered damage. If you want the best mountaineering tent money can buy, get a Bibler; but if you want an affordable, yet very high quality tent, buy this one.
Design: Mountain 2 two person, 4-season
Ease of Setup: easy to set up just takes time to put the 5 poles on the tent
Weight: about 7 pounds I think
Price Paid: $185
Most of my camping is done in hazardous areas with high winds and lots of mosture. The tent does very well in the wind and keeps me dry fine. It's prity big for backpacking but split between two people it's not bad. Setup can take a bit of time compared to tents with less poles but is nice when the extra poles are nice in the wind.
All in all it is a solid tent for a solid price. I recommend it for anyone that is not to concerned with the room it takes in your pack.
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