The North Face Lunar Light
Design: three season
Ease of Setup: I had to set it up? oh, yeah. . . almost too easy (quick pitch system)
Weight: not too much
Price Paid: on sale $179
It is a wonderful tent, I wouldn't buy it full price though.
It is a little tight with two but it is the perfect size for one on a weekend backpacker. The fly is totally waterproof and the tub floor is too. I even found out that you can put the poles in the fly and leave the tent behind. It is a little hard, but it is great for those ultralight trips where you need the weight to stay home.
Update: May 29, 2001
if you can find one of these, jump in a buy it. It is definitely a great tent. It is soo easy to set up with its quick pitch system. I have slept through many a storm with this and been totally dry.
The vestibule has enough room for some boots and the pack and whatever else you can cram on top. The interior is a cozy two person, or a very roomy one. Although the manual doesn't mention this, you can actually just take the poles and rainfly and make a fine shelter like the Marmot tents. The color of the tent is quite refreshing in the morning. You can pack the tent very small (excluding poles down below the size of a milk carton with straps/compression).
I can't say enough about this tent. I have had it for 5 years and it is still as good as new. Definately recommended!
Design: 3 Season
Ease of Setup: Doesn't get much easier than this
Weight: Approx. 5 pounds
This is a minimalist tent folks. It's a roomy one-person or cozy two-person tent. If you're taller than 6 feet move on to the Lunarfire or a different tent altogther. The vestubule is not very large, but you can squeeze a couple of packs and your boots if you really have to. This tent has a the TNF "Quick Pitch" feature in that the poles are already through the loops and atached to the rear grommets so all you have to do is slide the loops along the poles and insert the poles in the front grommets. Now just throw your fly on and your tent is pitched (about 3 minutes later!).
I think this tent's best application would be during hot summer nights under extremely heavy rainfall (example: rainforest expeditions) as this tent is well ventilated and comes with factory taped seams, 165 psi urithane coated floor, and a sturdy fly. Half the trips I've been on so far with this tent were rainy and I have not gotten wet yet. Oh yeah, nice tough alloy pegs too.
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: pretty easy
Weight: 5 lbs
Price Paid: $200
I have only slept in this tent twice, but it was not comfortable for me and I am only 6' tall. I felt really cramped with another person in the tent because your feet overlap. Other than that the tent was pretty nice and kept very dry. Also you can't look at the stars unless you leave the fly off and then you will get wet. Try Mountain Hardwear's tents. Most of them have clear windows on the fly so you can see out of the tent. Great idea I thought.
I last used this tent six years or so ago to camp around Australia and Fiji and recently started using it again to take my son to watch motocross. I'd forgotten what a nice tent it is and will definitely be using it more. Too easy to put up and down, I haven't really rain tested it yet, but it has withstood showers without fault. If they still make them and you want a 1-2 person tent I'd look no further.
Design: three-season freesranding dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy to pitch
Price Paid: $179 (on sale)
Phenomenal tent for one (1)!!! Great ventilation, sturdy, lightweight and easily pitched. I have enjoyed this tent for six years andam looking forward to a seventh! A real treat!
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