Stephenson's Warmlite 2



Very lightweight and roomy yet...this is the original…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Very lightweight and roomy yet...this is the original model with little ventilation and so I use it for cool hikes and climbs only.


  • Uber light
  • Easy to pitch
  • Roomy


  • Poor ventilation in the early years
  • Not freestanding
  • Eggspensive

This tent is a real prestige conversation starter. Paired with my North Face rigid frame expedition, I am a walking talking piece of history. BUT...for such an expensive piece of equipment, the manner in which an early Warmlite is sewn and the way the edges are finished, the entire tent relies on you to do a magnificent job of seam sealing.

After I lost most of the original coating from the factory, I recoated with 3M silicon diluted with mineral spirits and now shes like new again! Ready for another 20 years.


I've had my Stephenson tent since 1972 (25 years).

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season hoop style
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 2 lbs4oz
Price Paid: n/a

I've had my Stephenson tent since 1972 (25 years). I bought it from them when they were making them in California. The tent has served me well over the years and although they look and seem fragile, 25 years speaks for itself. Condensation is one of the only problems (Washington state) I've experienced but I keep a terry cloth towel handy during the night and that seems to handle the problem. I've replaced a couple of sleeves on the poles but other than patching one hole that I got in the floor, it has been remarkably durable. It was a very innovative design back when I bought it and was the early runner of this design style.

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