User Review: Walrus Arch Rival Solid
Design: 2-hoop staked
Sleeps: 2 good friends
Ease of Setup: "Difficulty of tent setup" does not apply to this one!
Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Price Paid: $119
Size: Snug, although comfortably long, and very light. The 4.5 lbs. includes the stuff sacks and stakes (most published tent weights don't) Tapered footprint makes it a little tight width-wise at the foot end. Nice vestibule, although zipping the rainfly door while inside the tent is a trick.
Design: Simple and minimal, well-thought out. Setup WAY easier than rolling off a log. A breeze even on a dark and stormy night. One caveat: there is no latitude for adjustment when setting the stakes. The structure of the tent is dependent on the stakes pulling the fabric tightly over the two hoops and down, and placement is critical. Tying out to a stake with a length of cord to avoid a rock results in a limp tent. The only solution is to relocate the tent (or the rock, I suppose).
Comfort: Stuffy when closed up on a warm, rainy night. There is a mesh version available which must be nicer for warm-weather camping. I was truly impressed with the tent's watertightness. We stayed quite dry on a very wet weekend, watching pools of water form on the groundcloth, safely beneath the translucent floor.
Overall: Aside from the necessary accuracy of stake placement, the two-hoop design functions superbly with a minimum of components. This makes for a lightweight shelter and an efficient design. The Arch Rival is well-crafted and longer than any other 2-person tent (as well as most 3-person tents!).