Wilderness Equipment First Arrow
Design: 3 pole tapered tunnel
Ease of Setup: Medium. Different size poles aren't colour coded - but it's worth it
Weight: 3.7 kgs ?
Price Paid: 850 AU
I love this tent for hanging out in bad weather. It's roomy and has lots of air even when it's blowing and raining hard. The tent moves a lot in wind -- but holds and won't collapse on you. Cooking inside in the rain is easy too; just roll back the floor and you can open the front at the top a bit, the back and the side of the front and get heaps of air.
It's a little heavier than others, but is good for 2 people. I haven't had 3 in it. But the size is good for sitting up and reading and hanging out during bad weather for a couple of days.
The inner hangs very loosely, not like most other designs. Don't let this put you off. It breathes very well, but is ok once you're used to it.
Great tent if you want a roomy tent than can take some snow and wind, and breathe in the Aussie heat too.
Design: Four Season
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: under 2kgs (without inner)
Price Paid: hired it
I and my two other tent partners highly recommend this tent. We used the Silicon version (sn240) and we comfortably fitted three inside. After a few days we decided to take out the inner of the tent and just use the fly as you save numerous kilograms. Without the inner we cozily slept four in the tent. Build quilty is second to none and design of the vestibules is amazing. No need to climb over any packs before entering the inner tent (if used).
Design: 4 season tunnel tent
Ease of Setup: very easy if you follow the instructions
Weight: 3.5 kgs
I have used this tent in South West Tasmania in summer and winter. It will take anyhting that Tassie weather can throw at it. Good to cook in. Definitely not a three-person tent. Very roomy for two. I like being able to pitch the fly first in a howling rain storm. I don't get a puddle in the floor of my tent. Also very good in in hot weather, you can get alot of ventilation if needed.
Ease of Setup: so simple
Price Paid: $765
we have had our First Arrow for just on ten years now, and it is only now starting to show signs of deterioration in seam sealing. However I have never come across a tent I trust as much as this. From Tasmania to deserts to coastal we have taken our little Arrow round Australia. Pitched it in 140km hour winds and still slept safe and sound and above all dry. Best tent ever designed.
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