User Review: The North Face Stratos
Design: modified dome
Ease of Setup: 2-3 minutes max, due to 3 equal length poles
Weight: around 9.5 pounds
Price Paid: retail: $425, I paid $320 with store discount
Allright, now that I've sold my Himalayan Hotel to someone doing a Denali trip, I can comfortably tote this nine pound wonder into Yosemite backcountry! Being a convertable tent, it has zip-out solid panels inside all mesh, leaving you with endless options for ventilation. I actually found myself raising and lowering zippers throughout the night to fine-tune the cross-breeze. And since I hate staggering out in a downpour to put up the fly, the zip-out roof is perfect for iffy nights.
I couldn't be more happy with room either, as I buy three-man tents for two people. This is because I'm over 6 feet, and I hate touching walls with condensation in the morning!!! So, very generous room, both floor and height! The other beautiful thing is the three equal poles that make for very quick setups, and enough pockets to guarantee you never roll over on a Mag-lite at 2 a.m! The hooks in the ceiling are unfortunately at different heights, so when using a gear loft, you have to be careful things don't roll out onto your head.
Rating: 10 out of 10, definitely worth the weight! (pun intended) :)