I have had the Starstrean XV for about five years.
Ease of Setup: Moderate
Price Paid: $275
I have had the Starstrean XV for about five years. The quality is very good and it is not difficult to set up. One nice feature is the see-through mesh in the ceiling so you can see the stars. The only downside to this is a little less privacy and the ruckus caused when your dog spots a ground squirrel at 3 in the morning.
I debated between this tent and another brand (Sierra…
Design: 3-4 Season Backpacking
Ease of Setup: Slightly hard for one, very quick and easy for two
Weight: 7 lb 10 oz
Price Paid: $230
I debated between this tent and another brand (Sierra D) for some time before choosing my first backpacking tent. For less money, the Walrus gave me factory taped seams in the floor and fly, better ventilation, and more usable space inside. The Starstreme also has a larger vestibule that is pole supported. The SD tents are definitely quicker to set up, but for an extra few minutes I've found that the other features that have been mentioned are more important on a long rainy night out on the trail.