Design: 4 season (supposedly)
Ease of Setup: horrible
Price Paid: $210
Against my better judgment, after looking at the tent in the REI showroom, and knowing you don't get something for nothing (weight or price), I bought the Rapeede, set it up in an aspen grove at 9500 feet in Colorado in October. We had rain the first night, sleet changing to three feet of snow the next, and 40 - 60 mph winds. As I feared, the fly contacted the side, condensation was bad. For the money, it stood up, but I couldn't live with it. Even though I had used it a week, REI gave me a full merchandise credit. If you can't afford better, the tent will keep you basically warm and dry, but there are surely better.
Design: 3-4 season A-frame
Ease of Setup: Poles are sewn into the tent, making for a difficult setup.
Price Paid: $200
While backpacking in the Olympic National Park with a friend, we received the gratuitous downpour. When we woke up in the morning, the articles of clothing and gear we had left out in the vestibule were as wet as they would have been had we left them outside. The whole interior of the tent was soaked.
Walrus's Diamondback coating on the rainfly seemed to be too waterproof. The ventilation was minimal, and the condensation was puddling...er, puzzling because the temperature never went below 60 degrees.
I would not recommend this tent for anything but desert hiking; where the nights are dry and the showers brief.
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: <6 lbs.
Price Paid: $149.99!! ($209 retail)
Got a great deal at REI for this tent. Don't know about the other reviews of this tent, but IMHO I think this tent rules. It's a breeze to setup and the vestibule is huge. Last year I went on 4-day trip to the Smokies and and it poured one night. My bud and I were kept bone dry. Can't beat the weight either. This is a quality tent from a quality tent maker. I highly recommend it.
Design: Three season, plus tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy to set up.
Price Paid: $170
I have used this tent for three seasons now and I like it a lot. It has always kept me dry as a bone. With flaps left a little open to adjust for ventilation I never get condensation in tent. Have not used in heavy wind or snow yet but I think it would hold up OK. For the price and weight it's a great tent.
Design: 3 1/2 season modified A-frame, free standing
Ease of Setup: Very easy and fast
Weight: 6 lbs. w/ ground sheet
Price Paid: $210
A good tent and a good value. Extremely easy set-up, but repacking takes a little practice. Rainfly offers good coverage, but takes care when guying out to maintain taut fit. Vestibule is very roomy thanks to sleeved hoop.
Overall, this tent is well made with a few nice extras. I'm happy with the purchase.
Design: 3 1/2 season modified dome
Ease of Setup: couldn't be easier
Weight: 6 lbs
Price Paid: $200
Decent space inside but has a large hooped vestibule for gear storage.
Holds up in snow, but has a tendency to flap a bit in the wind if not properly tied out.
Overall, an excellent value.
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