VauDe Mark II
Design: 4 season mountaineering tent
Ease of Setup: As simple as it gets!
Price Paid: Sug. Ret. $349
I've owned this tent for six years without a problem. Vaude actually contacted me about an issue with the original poles and sent out upgraded replacements. Where are do you find that kind of pro-active service! The pole system sits outside the fly. The fly and tent can be left connected. Setup only requires lacing the bunge suspention around the pole system, similar to lacing boots with hooks on them. There are mega stake-outs. This thing is bombproof! The best part of the system is that you can set it up in a driving rain without leakage. All seams are hot taped too!
I highly recommend this tent, it's served me well.
Ease of Setup: Simplicity itself - and very quick.
I've owned a Vaude Mark II for over 15 years. It has been out in deep snow, gale force winds and torrential rain and it has never failed me. It has spacious luggage areas, and great ventilation (I've used this tent in the med and been comfortable).
You can pitch and strike this tent in about a minute, and remove the pegs and lift it intact to a new location if you need to. It's a completely brilliant tent and I would recommend it to anyone.
Ease of Setup: very easy
I have owned my Mark II for three years, use it at least one weekend a month year round, and cannot fault it. It has toured the UK on a motorcycle and backpacked on the Appalachian Trail in the USA (no not all of it). Reasonably roomy, light and very weatherproof.
I would, and will, buy another when the need arises, but that seems to be a little while away.
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Easy to pitch storm-proof stability with ample spaciousness for three people. Seam taped. · 2 entries · 2 vestibule · additional mesh ventilation · excellent ventilation through the vestibule · excellent head room · proven wind resistant elastic fixation · very fast and easy set up · 4 storm anchoring points for extreme conditions · fire retardant
- Vargo Outdoors