REI Mountain 3
Design: 4 season freestanding
Ease of Setup: once or twice at home and good to go
Weight: 9 lbs 13 oz w/o footprint
First off this tent is roomy but the smaller vestibule is small. You might fit boots in there but that is about it. It fits 2 people with ease and three comfortably.
The window is a nice feature but zips up kind of sticky part way. The tent vented reasonably for 0 degrees and held up to 80 mile an hour gusts with all the tieouts. You will need different stakes for snow and more to use all the tieouts. It is very waterproof and little condensation with the top vent open.
It is a little heavy and hard to split among 2 people because of the top vent design (needed to separate pole from fly otherwise would have gave five stars. All in all a very good tent!
Design: Four-season dome
Ease of Setup: Challenging the first, but extremely easy after
Weight: 8 lbs. 13 oz.
Price Paid: $349
My fiance and I bought this tent for two particular hiking trips (but there will be more in the future). The first to Big Bend and the second to Colorado. We just got back from Big Bend and it did fantastic! It takes a bit to set up the first time, but once you figure everything out it's easy. Thought it would be hot for the desert, but it breathed very nicely. We also got hit with wind and rain, no problem. We even set it up in a poor drainage area with water pooling under the tent and not a drop came in. (However, we did move it to a better drainage area once the rain stopped. Why take the chance when you don't have to?)
I personally would not use this for a car-camping tent, but that's because we usually car-camp with two dogs and a queen air-mattress. This tent would fit my need better as a backpacking tent, but it isn't the lightest tent out there so we have to split up the weight a little bit more between two people. Once set up, no worries, sleeps two easily with both backpacks in the tent. I LOVE THIS TENT!
REI also offers an incredible return/exchange program.
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The REI Mountain 3 delivers a strong, weatherproof shelter for use in high-mountain environments where strength and livability are top priority. Efficient, livable design gives generous usable space, featuring a semi-rectangular floor plan. Hub-pole construction adds structural integrity and makes setup easy. You'll have quick, convenient and sheltered access through 2 doors with a large front vestibule and small rear vestibule. Dual weatherproof AirLift vents increase tent's strength in high winds and prevent condensation by allowing airflow; can be controlled from inside tent. Insider Floor seams are engineered to create a clean, taut pitch; factory seam-taping ensures a waterproof seal. Leak-proof rainfly construction ensures that water won't sneak through susceptible areas such as guyout points and zippers. Innovative snowflaps keep wind and snow out of vestibule while providing an extended floor. Welded TPU zipper flaps ensure smooth zipper operation with no annoying fabric snags. Stay organized with multiple interior storage options thanks to four mesh side pockets and hang loops located throughout. Strong, reliable DAC aluminum poles; REI-exclusive Strong Arm clips at each pole intersection strengthen pole structure and allow swift setup. Watertight welded vestibule window brings light inside and lets you view conditions outside. Color-coded rainfly corners allow easy orientation of rainfly on tent for easy setup. Attention to detail shows in the reflective guyout points and zipper pulls. The REI Mountain 3 tent comes with guylines and tighteners, stakes, pole and stake bags, and tapered, easy-to-use compression stuff sack. Save weight and create a minimalist shelter by using just the rainfly, footprint (sold separately) and poles.