Price Paid: traded my tent with my hiking buddy
I traded tents with a buddy and got the Skyline on the trade, he paid $400 for it new in 1994 and my tent was a cheap maybe $90 tent - family one.
This tent, OMG, is awesome. I have had it up on Mt. Rainier in 100+ mph winds and slept soundly. I had it in pouring down rain, where you could not sleep due to the noise! My car leaked but my tent did not. I was afraid of touching the sides and having the moisture come in, but it did not.
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this tent. I do not hike anymore due to bad knees. But this is the one thing I have not been able to give up. It is just such an awesome tent, and since they don't make them anymore I cannot replace it.
Design: Four Season Mountaineering
Ease of Setup: Easy setup
Price Paid: $100
I bought two Walrus Skyline four season tents with matching ground cloths way back when REI still carried them in inventory. Have used them in extreme conditions. Most memorable comfortable night was in Iceland.
This is by far one of the best designed and functional four season mountaineering Tents to have come on the market. I bought them for $100 each at a parking lot clearance sale when REI was closing its Mission Viejo Store and Relocating it to Santa Ana Ca. Great tents, enough room for two plus gear to hunker down when weather sets in. When it is cold and snowing, this tent takes what Nature deals and keeps you dry and comfortable.
Design: 4 season bomb shelter!
Sleeps: 2 and can do 3
Ease of Setup: Easy... the poles are connected except for one
Weight: 7 lbs
Price Paid: $200 on sale
I've had this tent for almost six years now. It's been through hell. I've been through some of the worse snow, rain, HAIL, and wind storms that only a very few can imagine. I've camped at 13,000+ feet and swear I was set up in jet stream. My girlfriend will not camp without sleeping in the Skyline. I guess the past storms convinced her of its reliability. The sad thing is I don't think they make this model any more.
I finally re-water proofed it this summer; not because it needed it but I felt it needed some TLC after all it's been through in the past five years. The Skyline has two fiberglass rods that hold up the awnings over the air vents. These were begginning to show some wear. I called up Walrus, explained my situtation and they asked me to send it to them and they would sew in bendable wires for free. And that they would look it over and repair anything that looked like it needed some attention, for free.
WOW, what a company. Did I do it? Nope.. I was afraid of it getting lost in the mail or damaged in the mail. Walrus did send me two more fiberglass rods at their expense. If this is how they design their tents and deal with their buyers then I will not buy any other brand. I think Walrus is the best and believe me I've tried quit afew tents in my lifetime.
Design: 4 season, freestanding, bombshell
Ease of Setup: End poles are attached to the back pole and unfold with no loose parts and only one free middle pole to slide thru the sleeve. metal gromets for the pole ends. I think it's one of the easier tents to put up especially in the dark.
Weight: about 7 lbs
Price Paid: $100
I picked up this tent for $100 at a gear swap. My buddy friend said I paid too much for an tent that was about 5 years old and used. Needless to say we were both out backpacking up in the Rockies, 12,000 feet, and the weather turned really horrible. It poured buckets then the temperature dropped, the wind howled and then it snowed at least eight inches. Guess who joined me in my tent? Yup, my buddy. His North Face leaked, then froze, and nearly collapsed from the wind. Good thing I had enough room for us both and my dog. My buddy says he'll buy it from me but I'm not getting rid of it for a long time.
I've also had this tent up in the summer in a wind and hail storm and it never wavered. And again guess who had to join me. Guess who now is looking for his own Skyline?
This tent is easy to put up and is worth carrying the weight. It's a little warm in the desert areas but it keeps the sand out when it's a windy. I love this tent! Too bad they don't make these any more. I'd would love to buy another one to put away after I wear this one out.
Design: 4 Season - Modified A-Frame (Worthy of an expedition)
Ease of Setup: Simple
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Price Paid: $350
Excellent tent for the price, I got mine for $250. Experienced extreme wet weather in a monsoon storm in Colorado this summer. The tent did not even try to leak. I don't think a hurricane could knock this tent over. I have slept three people in this tent before, very comfortably.
The only drawback I have with this tent are the funky fiberglass wands which hold up two external hooded vents. I have already had two break. Walrus will replace them free of charge (which I have already done), but it is still anoying. The other drawback is the nonhooped vestibule.
I have no complaint about the amount of room it provides. I just believe it will flatten in a heavy snow load.
Overall I would give this tent an 8 out of 10 (minus the vestibule and wands I would give it a 10). I will probably send this tent back and purchase the Walrus Warp/2 or the new Walrus Arc/3 which is actually a new and very improved Skyline.
Design: 4 season/modified A-Frame
Ease of Setup: tres easy
Weight: 7.5 lbs for real
Price Paid: $350
This is a very light four-season tent with two doors and two vestibules. The set-up is great and it is extremely roomy for two + gear and could sleep three, if you are in conditions where storing gear outside does not amount to jettisoning it. I will have to confess that I have subjected this tent to a heavy snowfall situation (I mean hey! I live in Ohio), but it sure did shed the 2" we got one night in Canaan Valley, WV.
However, the real test came during a spring trip on a barrier island in N.C. One night, we got a wicked northeaster that rolled in and bullied our campsite. The Skyline, I'm pleased to know, held up wonderfully in winds that ridiculed our camping partners' tent.
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