This would be an excellent tent except for the sloping…
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Excellent
Weight: 3lbs 15oz
Price Paid: $45
This would be an excellent tent except for the sloping door that allows rain to enter 18"-20" inside the tent. It's a great fair weather tent, but if you need a weatherproof shelter this isn't it.
The Alps Mystique 1.5 is an excellent tent. IMHO, much more weatherproof than the Taurus 1 with more usable vestibule area, too.
I finally tested this tent in some cold Wisconsin…
Design: three season wedge dome
Ease of Setup: really quick and easy
Weight: 3lbs 15ozs
Price Paid: $60
I finally tested this tent in some cold Wisconsin weather and I would say the Taurus 1.0 is better suited for warmer months of the year seeing the whole tent body is constructed of mesh. Not very thermo efficent but I suppose this tent was not designed for cold Wisconsin winters either.
Some of the things I like about the Taurus 1.0 is the light packed weight and quick pitch. It features one door and a full coverage rainfly. Quality seems to be above average. Nicely finshed seams. I would like to continue testing this tent on more of my backpacking trips during the warmer months so expect another review in the near future...
Update: April 22, 2006
I used this excellent tent while backpacking the Big Piney Trail down in the Missouri Ozarks. This tent is a breeze to pitch--under 3 minutes. Holds its own in an stiff wind, thanks to the already included guylines (thanks ALPS!).
This tent is highly recommended. Plenty of space and excellent ventilation, due to the fact the tent body is constructed entirely of mesh. Not too thermo efficient for colder months of the year though.