User Review: Walrus Arch Rival Solid
Design: 3-season non-freestanding
Ease of Setup: moderately difficult
Weight: 4 lb, 12 oz.
Price Paid: $120
I spent a long time looking at lightweight 2-person tents before I bought one. I found the Arch Rival to have the best characteristics of the group. It is lightweight (the posted weight includes all stakes that come with the tent, as well as the stuff sack, as weighed on my postal scale). It is large enough to sleep two people, and you can place one pack inside the tent and one pack underneath the fly. The fly does a good job of covering the tent and has a decent-sized vestibule.
Also, the tent floor seams are taped.
In fact, the weight of the tent can be further reduced by two ounces by leaving excess tent pegs at home.
On the negative side, I found the tent difficult to set up properly. While easy to set up in a sloppy sort of way, it is imperative that the tent be properly staked in order to get the tent walls tight. I had a difficult time getting proper ventilation/seperation between the tent walls and the fly. As a result, on our high sierra trip this summer (the first time we used the tent) half of the time my wife and I experienced condensation inside the tent, although we later remedied this through more ventilation (leave the door unzipped).
The tent pegs are cheap and will have to be replaced with ones which don't bend so easily. The front door zippers are awkward.
All in all, I find the Arch Rival Solid to be an excellent tent for the weight and for the money. If I were buying over again, I'd probably buy the mesh version to save a couple of extra ounces.