This tent is great for my purposes. I primarily use…
Design: 3-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: 2 pole construction makes it very easy to set-up
Weight: approx. 6 pounds
Price Paid: $150
This tent is great for my purposes. I primarily use this tent for weekend car camping but it is pretty light and plan to use it on more backpacking trips down the road. This is truly a three-season tent that keeps you warm in the fall/spring and cool in summer.
My fiancé and I spent three weeks camping will driving cross country during the summer of 2008 and experienced the dessert temperatures of southern Utah and the cool temperatures of the Smokies. We were always comfortable. When the rain fly is removed you are essentially sleeping under the stars. During the fall you can keep the fly on to hold in the warmth.
The tent holds up well to wind and rain. During a weekend outing one spring we experienced 40+ mile per hour winds and the tent held its shape. The fly sheds water well and the bucket tent floor does well keeping the water out.
The excessive ventilation helps keep the tent from getting musty and helps speed up the airing out time after trips.
The 4.5 out of 5 is because I have not used it for backpacking yet and cannot verify that it would be perfect for that use.