User Review: Swiss Gear Hiker Tent
Design: non-free standing,single wall
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 5 1/2 lbs
Price Paid: $10
I purchased this tent off of an auction site ,new,for $10, plus shipping. Being an unrepentant gearhead I was very curious about the design and quality. I set the tent up, out of the box, just before a series of thunderstorms was predicted. I was very curious to see how waterproof it was.
Needless to say there were numerous leaks. This is a single wall tent. The seams in the roof were taped, but after several hours of steady rain they started to leak. There were also several other areas of leakage. The next day I double seam sealed everthing and this stopped all leakage. The tent is supported by built in struts in each corner and a hiking pole, the hiking pole is included with the tent.
There are several things I like about this tent. It is waterproof after being seam sealed. It is cheap, moneywise. It has plenty of headroom at the front of the tent and is fairly well ventilated. The front of the tent consists of screening, there are two vents in the top of the tent as well as a vent at the foot of the tent. Also there is a good sized vestibule.
I would not take a $10 tent out for several months on the AT, but for an overnighter or a weekend trip it would be fine,especially if you're on a tight budget.