Sierra Designs Tengu 2
Design: three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: moderate due to vestiule pole
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $132 through REI, free ship
Just as some other tent reviews, I too spent way to much time looking at every option out there. The final reason why I chose the Tengu 2 was the huge vestibule/ porch/ kitchen/ doggy pen. While zipped can accommodate 2 adults nicely, while open the third person is just half in half out.
Have used it in the Appalachians 5+ times 2 were rainy and the amount of condensation was very easily maneagable (i.e. depends on humidity, amount of rain, and amount of heat produced while sleeping...bottom line worst case scenario for me I noticed some condensation on the underside of the rain fly and continued to poke and prod til I finally had water drip in my face). Not condensation proof but it would be wise to move cautiously if you see any on the inside of the fly.
Setup is pretty straight forward, 2 DAC-featherlite poles joined by a swivel in the middle, then the fly clips to those and holds the tent up. Now the actual pole you need for the vestibule can get a little demanding during setup and breakdown. It basically is being threaded through the seam of the vestibule, then bent and secured to the actual tent body. It takes about 6-8 minutes alone to set up (and I don't move fast). The floor is not waterproof so please invest in some type of plastic tarp of some sort.
The actual inside area of the tent is very roomy. for both the head, feet, and pack if you so choose on those nights it likes to downpour. Have camped with 2 people and we had plenty of room to basically take everything out of our packs and line the walls with (not that we had to). Also have taken my dog many times and the floor is still very strong and shows no signs of wear or tear. If for some reason you need it to be a 3 person one night or two, it has no problem what so ever. That being said you will be elbow to elbow and feet to face.
I do recommend cutting the mesh pocket liners from the inside, they have a tendency to pull the walls in on you with just the smallest amount of weight in them. And get rid of the stuff sack it comes in, you can pack it down to about 7"x11" with a good stuff sack and just pack the poles on the outside of your pack or down the side of it.
Design: three-season free-standing dome
Ease of Setup: Not the easiest, but doable in about five minutes
Price Paid: $200
Great tent for when you're not backpacking. I camped 30 nights in mine last year, and I'm still proud to use it.
I'm a scoutmaster, so have a bit of gear to keep in a vestibule, and the Tengu's is the largest I could find in a 2-man tent.
Also has dry entry where the roof overhangs the door. Climb in during rain and your tent interior stays dry...big plus, and inexplicably getting harder to find.
Lots of pockets on the interior provide off-the-floor storage for glasses and gadgets.
It goes up or comes down in about five minutes.
Top vent eliminates condensation in cold weather.
Great tent - I knock off .5 point for only fair hot-weather ventilation.
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CLOSEOUTS . The external pitch Tengu 2 tent from Sierra Designs allows for fast and efficient set-up, which really helps when the weather is less than cooperative. Q uick Pitch Swivel Hubs and Tension Seams boost structural integrity RCT (Reverse Combi Technology) increases interior living space Generous vestibule stores packs and gear DAC press-fit poles with locking pole tips SuperSeal floor with taped seams Stash door and gear pockets Reflective guy-outs TentGuard with Ultra-Fresh(R)treatment Fastpack compatible 2-person, 3-season Floor: 90x52?, 32 sq.ft. Vestibule: 22 sq.ft. Height: 42? Stuff size: 19x6-1_2? Weight: 7 lb. 1 oz. Materials: Tent body: 70 denier nylon ripstop Fly: 70 denier nylon taffeta with polyurethane coating Floor: 70 denier nylon with polyurethane coating CLOSEOUTS . Taiwan. Visit our Tent Guide Visit our Family Camping 101 Guide Available Colors: BLUE / GREY.
- Sierra Trading Post
Late autumn backpacking trips and desert adventures alike, Sierra Design's Tengu 2-Person 3-Season Tent with Footprint packs the burly versatility for any excursion on your tick list. The Tengu's External Pitch feature eliminates the wet scramble when you arrive at camp in the thick of Mother Nature's tears. DAC Featherlight poles attach to the outside of the fly, so you don't have to muck up the inside while pitching your shelter. Color coded webbing makes pitching the Tengu even easier, while the weather-proof SuperSeal floor and waterproof fly keep the bad weather outside and comfort inside. An included footprint adds extra durability and weather protection, as well as a quick and light pitching option. Internal pockets keep tabs on headlamps, books and other small items, and the Tengu's 42-inch internal height offers plenty of room to move around.
- Backcountry Outlet
New for 2007, the Sierra Designs Tengu Tent features their external pitch, allowing a fast, dry pitch during inclement weather.Quick Pitch Swivel Hubs and Tension Seams increase structural strength, while the RCT design offers enormous space for gear.The Sierra Designs Tengu 2 Person tent is made for people looking for a large vestibule, decent weight and enough room for two people and gear.The Tengu is also priced right.
Mythical forest spirits, the Tengu inhabit the high mountains of Japan, often playing pranks upon, but usually befriending, travelers. Fortunately our Tengu is only here to help, providing backcountry shelter with ample organization and gear storage. The Tengu pitches 'dry', meaning you can build out the fly and poles with the tent body hanging inside, keeping it dry even during a downpour! Reverse Combi Technology balloons interior living space for the most relaxed backcountry experience possible. The Quick Pitch Swivel Hub speeds set-up while improving tent strength, too. RCT Swift Clips accommodate the variable-diameter DAC Press Fit poles, the secret to our spacious interior. Hang loops in the vestibule organize gear and you can hang a Portable Attic in the vestibule as well, making the Tengu a gearhead's dream. Mesh through the body increases ventilation and makes for a comfortable night's rest.
- Ramsey Outdoor