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Great vestibules, spacious, heavy.
- Large double vestibules
- Two doors
- Weak taped seams
The setup is easy after first use. The tent uses a central pole "hub" located on the top of the tent. The 4 main poles plug into the hub and radiate out down to the corners. The poles have a bend in them that creates a more vertical wall, expanding head and foot room. The diameter of the 4 main poles is significantly larger than most modern tents which I think adds to the weight (approx 3/4 in).
The pitch was rather taut without the guy lines. With guy lines, the tent is very taut and strong. It is also very spacious with head room to spare and enough room for two large cold weather bags.
The taped seams were coming undone, but the tent is most likely 10+ years old.
Ventilation is not an issue if you open both fly doors and then unzip both interior doors at top. The vestibules still have an adequate awning to keep water out of the tent even when completely zipped open. In winter, I suspect that ventilation would be more of a problem since you'd probably not want to leave the doors open. The top of the tent does have a zip open ceiling section but the fly has no ventilation without opening the doors.
The tent packs down quite large (approximately 30 in x 10 in). It is surprisingly heavy. After reading the reviews that the tent is 7.5 pounds, I was taken aback when I first hefted the tent. It felt heavier than my Trango 2 by Mountain Hardwear which is 9lb. 13oz.
I am very dubious about the weight that other reviewers offered. Please be advised on this! I would find this tent very difficult to haul in on a solo trip, but would be manageable if split in two.
There are two 6-in mesh pockets for storage and an optional mesh net loft you can tie on - so the tent is lacking stow pockets.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $30 used
Great stable tent with tons of room due to the near vertical walls, easy set-up and very strong with many guy points. Enough room for two campers...we stuffed lots of wet gear into the vestibules. Looks like it should last a while, materials and sewing seem good and the poles are very beefy.
Design: four season mountaineering
Ease of Setup: set-up was easy, even in the dark
Price Paid: $350
Very good, easy to set up tent. not much ventilation since it's a 4 season tent, so it gets very hot if used in the summer. Very solid tent, with two large vestibule at each end. excellent choice money/quality wise.
Design: 4 seasons expedition rectangular
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 7.13 lb
Price Paid: 400 cnd
Awesome tent. Just available since Feb. '98. I got the first one from the factory. Overnight trip last weekend and I was very impressed. 13.5 mm aircraft aluminum poles, taped fly, 2 doors, dual vestibule, plenty of room for 2 + gear. Steep walled, retangular design with a high roof allowed me to stand up while changing clothes. Dual vestibules were large enough to store everyone's packs (4) in our group. Easy set-up.....Had a light rain that night and we never even knew it.
Design: 4 season, Rectangular footprint
Ease of Setup: 5 minute set-up, including guys
Weight: 7 lb. 11 oz.
Price Paid: $350
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