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rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight (1 Kg). Great for backpacking in most seasons. Durable for light rain, though allows some condensation (or with dew). A good three-season tent. The additional inner wall (that can be attached manually from the inside while raining!! Awesome!) is very good in preventing getting wet from condensation. Thus saying, during not-so-cold weather there's condensation. Very light, great for single backpacking for long periods of time. Easy and fast assembling. Has enough room for a single backpacker… Full review

Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, spacious two-person backpacking tent. Easy to set up and pack. Purchased in 2013, have used six times on backpacking trips and several car-camping ones. Wanted to use for a few years before I reviewed. Opted to purchase after lots of research and have been very pleased.  Incredibly easy to set up and pack down. One long collapsible pole will split the length, with corners guyed out with stakes or free-standing with trek-poles. I've always opted to stake as I had that option each time. Full review

Moment DW

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight one-person tent that is easy to set up, takes up minimal space, and gives an easy drumtight pitch. Setup:  This tent is incredibly easy to set up. Stake one end, insert the main hoop pole, stake the other end, and tighten the guylines. I can set this up alone in less than two minutes after I find a spot. The design takes up relatively little space, and I was able to slip it into spots on the Appalachian Trail that might not have accommodated some other tents. Stability:  This design… Full review


rated 2 of 5 stars Fly doesn't come close to ground, problem in wind and rain. I bought the Notch to be a better rain shelter than a flat tarp and because there is a bug tent that fits under it perfectly. But, the fly can't be staked low enough to the ground to use with a little rain and wind. I believe i could modify the fly by removing the four stiffeners at the ends and adding four stake loops mid panel. I noticed that one of the tents by BearPaw is of similar design but can be staked all the way to the ground… Full review

Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am rating the newer 2016 model. Adaptable, four-season capability in a small(ish) package. I purchased the 2016 updated model last summer with the basic included solid interior.  I've used the Scarp in varying conditions with no issues, other than it being an equivalent to a hot box with the solid inner during warmer weather.  I will list the new specs first: Extra wide interior states it can allow two pads and sleep two people. Please be VERY comfortable with this other person responsible… Full review

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