Design: 3-season, freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: fairly easy w/a tough spot or two, but worth it
Weight: 11 lbs
Originally purchased for a family of four and car camping; the tent has been used for serious back packing, and intense remote canoe trips. In every instance the tent has held up brilliantly and has continued to perform well over the years.
Only drawback for backpacking is that it is heavy: 11 lbs. However, it can easily accommodate three large adults or two adults and two teens/children and therefore can be split up in parts.
The tent has withstood severe weather (an all-night monsoon rain complete with a 45 minute hailstorm in the Pecos Wilderness and easily handled a 2" snow in June, also in the Pecos Wilderness. Breezy - it also works in hot environments.
Have had the tent for 12 years or more; still in great shape. I continue to grow in appreciation for this piece of gear and have had many knowledgeable backcountry folks compliment it.
Design: 3 season dome
Ease of Setup: Difficult, 4 poles thru full sleeves, difficult for 1 person to install poles
Weight: 9 lbs 4 oz
Price Paid: $250
The most watertight tent I've ever had. I've been in a lot of rainstorms and some pretty high winds and this tent has withstood it. The two vestibules and two doors are handy. You can put two backpacks (one on top of the other) in one vestibule and reserve the other for entry.
Disadvantages are it takes a little longer to set up since the poles go through sleeves rather than just clips, plus if your hands are wet it's hard to grip the poles to connect the tent corner (but with a 2nd person to stretch the fabric it is easy enough); and being white it dries slowly. But I highly recommend this tent.
Design: 3 season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Easy and fairly quick setup
Weight: 10 lbs.
Price Paid: $235?
Fantastic tent!!! Great features and v. durable. Easy 3 person w/ gear or slightly cozy 4 person. Very water-tight and sturdy! Love the second vest.; plenty of room for gear in one and cooking in the second! Many storage pockets and great attachment for gear loft.
After this purchase, I bought two more Walrus tents! Maybe a little heavy but still a great looking tent after many years of use.
Design: 3 season
Ease of Setup: medium
Price Paid: $200
I have been very pleased with this tent. Ventilates well and does not let water through. It's the best tent for two out there (though heavy for two at nine pounds), but it takes a squeeze to fit three in. It's more like two+. Excellent two vestibules. Fully recommended.
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