Wild Country Mountain
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $120
Very solid 4-season tent. This is a tunnel style tent. Only difference I can spot between this and the Terra Nova Quasar is color of the rain fly and I think maybe an extra guy on the fly?
- Plenty of room for 2.
- Well made.
- A little better priced
- than the T N.
- Entering through the vestibule is tight
- Heavy compared to today's tents.
- Could use more guy outs.
This is another good discontinued product. I paid $120 for the tent. Tent is very stable in high wind and rain. 4 pole design.
If you find one in good condition for a similar price, it will serve you well. BTW, I believe the retail price was $500.
Design: 4 season expedition modified geodesic dome
Sleeps: 2 + gear
Ease of Setup: Very simple for two; relatively easy for one
Weight: ~8.5 lbs.
Price Paid: ~$500 US
These comments are based on a 1994 model.
- four Easton aluminum poles, continuous mesh sleeves
- two doors, two vestibules, noseeum netting in doors
- bathtub floor, all seams factory sealed
- highly visible bright yellow and silver fly
- plastic wire holds vestibule vents open when wet
- separate stuff sacks for tent, poles, and stakes
- sleeps two plus gear comfortably, three in a pinch
- extremely windproof and weather resistant
- very solid and well constructed overall
- Mesh pole sleeves are easy to poke holes through
- Pole tips can be pulled out (usually inadvertently)
- Requires at least 10 stakes; fly must be guywired on sides
- Vestibules only good for minimalist cooking
I've used mine in conditions ranging from below-zero wind/ice storms to dry and dusty heatwaves. Tent was totally workable even when coated with an inch of water ice accumulated from sleeping in cloud cover!
Design: 4 Season expedition
Ease of Setup: I can set this up alone, in the dark during a howling blizzard in under 5 min.
Weight: 8 or 9 lbs
Price Paid: $496
Two words: Portable bombshelter.
This is a true mountaineering tent void of the random, useless gadgets that adorn so many tents these days. The Mountain is pure functionality: 2 doors, 2 vestibules (I really wish one were hooped though), and 4 beefy poles. There is enough room for two people, period. If you have a long winter bag the foot section will touch the door and collect some condensation (the tent is 54"x90"). I've spent many sleepless nights waiting for dawn while the wind and snow whipped and practically buried the tent, but never has it let me down. The continuous sleeves make setting the tent up a breeze.
Design: 4 season expedition modified dome
Ease of Setup: easy setup solo
Weight: 8 lbs
Price Paid: $345 (sale)
After a bit of research this tent seemed the best value. This is the 1995-96 model and there does not seem much difference compared to the newer model. The price was great (list $495, sale $344). It set up much faster and easier than I thought it would. I use it solo backcountry skiing in Montana. I first used it at Windy Pass where it was suprisingly quite in the strong winds. A well-designed tent with nice little extras such as lots of gear hammock tie-ins. The yellow color is nice and bright on snow bound days.
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