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rated 5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight tent that is easy to set up and feels very roomy. It is quick and easy to set up and take down. I've been camping for the last few years using a bivy sack. I've used one from thunderstorms to snow, and hot/humid to just above zero. After a rough night in July, I decided to get a tent.   Most of my camping is done out of backpacking, so I wanted a tent that was light and didn't take up much space. The Tarptent Rainbow seemed to fit the bill for weight and packability and offer… Full review

Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Extremely roomy and strong 1-person tent. I've had the Scarp 1 for about five years now and have used it on bushwalks mostly in southeastern Australia and New Zealand. It is enormous inside. I feel like I'm sleeping in a ballroom at times, with plenty of space on each side of the sleeping mat for all your gear. Headroom is good as well. I wasn't sure if two vestibules were needed for a 1-man tent initially, but found that you can have your pack and gear in one and use the other for entry and egress. Full review

StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Very roomy for two people and could actually fit three if you had to. Good headroom, gear room inside tent, and two good sized vestibules. I use this as a backpack hunting tent and you can actually fit two people and gear comfortably. Compared to other two-man tents I've used. I'm about 6 foot tall and found the headroom to be great. With the vestibules and interior space I found it to be perfect for two people.   I did add my own Tyvex floor protector to minimize the risk of a rip from small rocks. Full review

StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes, and trekking poles. Fits me, wife, dog, and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors, and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado.   My first… Full review

Rainshadow 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son to sleep and store all gear inside.  (It would be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film… Full review

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