Excellent tent Compact when packed, very lightweight…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $120


Excellent tent


  • Light weight and compact size
  • Excellent quality

Compact when packed, very lightweight at only 1.8Kg and excellent quality. I have had mine since 1999 and it has stood the test of time! Because of the size and weight it is ideal for hiking, cycling, and mountain expeditions.


Welcome to Trailspace, Roberto. Do you have any pictures of your Walrus tent you could share in your review?

3 years ago
rory white

ARCH RIVAL XV is one of the lightest two-person tents available. It has great ventilation, good volume and very usable headroom along with a vented vestibule; all at 4.25 pounds for tent, fly and poles.

We have re-proportioned the Arch Rival for 1999, making it 3" taller at the front arch. The vestibule is re-designed; making for easier entry and adjustable levels of ventilation. At the peak there is a large vent for greater air control in bad weather. Some features of this lightweight tent are:

Tent can be pitched with only 3 stakes

Excellent ventilation

Set-up and take-down faster than all clips

On the trail, or X-country - step lightly, carrying an Arch-Rival. NOTE TO ALICIA OR TRAILSPACE STAFF: , i have access to photos and specs, very nice, on Arch Rival XV, AND OTHERS from original 1999 website with details on a lot of these tents, is there a way to put them up? i know there is no links allowed due to spam, hence i could put screen shots, or send them to you to add, if you like. I could also just post them as separate reviews on the tent but it would be ALL data from these original sources, not my personal experience with the tent. (no problem, if not! :) Actually i am busy with my own work, andi don't have endless excess time, despite my seemingly endless meddlesome verbosity. But if it would help your site as the excellent resource it is, then great) ... Rory

2 months ago

Thanks for the additional info, Rory! It's fun to learn the details about older equipment and see pictures.

While you can add reviews for any of the tents you have personal experience with, due to copyright rules the content and images would need to be your own or ones you have permission to share.

2 months ago
rory white

Thanks Alicia Macleay!!! got it! :)

2 months ago

Request: Does anyone out there happen to have a copy…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: 3-Season, Non free-standing, Hoop
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 4.75 lbs.
Price Paid: $125

Request: Does anyone out there happen to have a copy of the Assembly-Care brochure, which came with the Walrus Arch Rival X-V? Mine got soaked and dissolved!

If so, could you please email me a copy at Also, does anyone know whether this tent has -- with the help of a couple of straps-with-buckles -- a "fly-only" set up option?

Thanks much!


Love this little tent! Owned this tent for MANY years…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 season tunnel
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy and quick setup (maybe 3 mins?
Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Love this little tent! Owned this tent for MANY years now and it's still looks great! Roomy with many great features. Not free-standing but once fully staked with guy-outs this tent can handle seriously high winds.

Very water-tight as well. Stayed dry thru 3 days of solid rain in Arkansas. Maybe could be slightly better with condensation but very minor issue.

Vest. a little small but really light tent for its size. Too bad Walrus is gone ... many have copied this design.


This has proved to be an excellent tent. It's my second…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: non-freestanding
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: 4lbs. 6oz.
Price Paid: $150

This has proved to be an excellent tent. It's my second Walrus and the quality of workmanship is excellent in both. Headroom is ample, very easy, and quick set-up and take down time. Great ventilation. Holds up extremely well in bad weather. I use this as a solo and wouldn't consider it with a partner, unless it was my wife or an emergency. Would have like a larger vestibule and a little easier entry and exit. All in all, a great tent.


Very spacious, light, and affordable. Takes up little…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 3 Season 2 Hoop Tunnel
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Simple
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Price Paid: $135 (Sale)

Very spacious, light, and affordable. Takes up little room in the pack and can be set up for storm conditions in about four minutes. I got caught in a ferocious storm on the banks of Lake Superior and the tent did fine (despite having several pounds of sand on it). Nothing even close to a leak. Vestibule isn't huge, but is large enough for boots and other small things. Two hoop tunnel design makes for an interesting set up if the wind is really blowing. I'm 6'4" and there is plenty of room. On the second day of the above mentioned storm, I was in the tent for 18 hours while blasting winds dumped sleet and sand on the tent. Never a problem.

Highly recommended, particularly for bigguns looking for a light solo tent with plenty of space.

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