Wild Country Mistral
Design: 3+ season half dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy and sturdy setup
Weight: 5-6 lbs, depending on access
Price Paid: about $180 from REI-Outlet
A very nicely made and designed tent. Sturdy and self staying. The tent is a half-dome, side-entry type with three aluminum poles. Bathtub floor and high vertical sidewalls, gives plenty of room. The poles slide through almost-continuous mesh sleeves and the rain fly attaches securely and is HUGE -- the vestibule it creates is quite large.
Likes: Quality made, easy to setup and snug in cold or rain. Plus, a great value at this price.
Gripes: The pole sleeves aren't continuous and require prodding to thread, the pole ends can come out and (for a tent of this price and quality, most shocking) no internal loops or rings for a gear loft. Pretty minor, considering.
I bought the tent from REI's outlet site and am very happy with it, especially for the price. Wild Country hasn't yet responded to emails about US dealers for groundcover footprints, so I'm using one for the REI Half-Dome (which fits pretty close).
Design: Semi geodesic
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Price Paid: eBay bargain!!
Superb tent. Feels very roomy for its footprint. Very easy set up and take down. The porch is huge. There's a gripe on another review about the sleeve poles not being continuous, but on mine they are and they work fine. There's a strap that goes from the rear hoop to the middle that's a necessary part of the tensioning -- it also provides the "peak" that means it'll shed snow, so I'll have no hesitation taking this into the mountains in winter.
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