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GoLite Wolf Creek L3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

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photo: GoLite Wolf Creek L3 three-season tent

A compromise between weight and functionality.


  • Design
  • Cost
  • Roomy
  • Weight
  • Free standing


  • Weight

This tent is a compromise between a larger car camping tent and an ultralight backcountry tent. At 4¾ pounds it is much heavier than many ultralight tents and shelters but it is roomier than they are.I bought this tent to take my Cub Scouts hiking. The weight is well worth it for short hikes in and ease of setup.

GoLite states that the tent, with experience, can be set up in a minute. With my challenged dexterity this is a stretch, but two or three minutes is very doable. Connect one multi-section H pole, attach to ball sockets in the corners and clip inner tent to the pole. Spread the rain fly and attach to the corners, staking is optional. Which is another feature, setting up on a tent platform is easy with a freestanding tent.

The design of the tent has impressed me too. While still light for a three person, freestanding tent the pole is well constructed and slots firmly into the tent body with a solid feel. Nothing is loose or slack and none of the connections has to be forced. The parts fit together with a reassuring snap.

I think the only failing with this tent is that is isn't perfect for car camping and it isn't perfect for multi-day backpacking trips.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $199

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Price MSRP: $299.99
Historic Range: $299.99
Reviewers Paid: $199.00
Trail Weight 4 lb 12 oz / 2.16 kg
Packaged Weight 5 lb 2 oz / 2.13 kg