Outstanding mountaineering tent with plenty of space…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $650
Outstanding mountaineering tent with plenty of space for two plus gear.
- Simple setup
- Large footprint
I've taken this on a few trips so far. It's been with me on Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney, and into Yosemite. The best thing I can say about this tent is you don't have to worry about staying warm or dry! It truly is a bomber shelter.
The GT model, with the huge vestibule, is perfect for camping on snow. Personally, I use my shovel to dig down about 2-3 feet making it that much larger, and a convenient place to put on boots and gear before leaving the tent.
The tent is extremely stable, though the main drawback here is the large footprint it requires. This can get tricky when setting up on the side of a mountain, where flat space can be a premium. Lots of effort is put into leveling a space.
As a tunnel tent, the guy lines need to be extra secure, as it has no free-standing stability. If you don't want to carry stakes, you can use extra gear, rocks, snow bollards, or dead-mans to secure it. I've never had a problem, it just takes some effort.
The best features of this tent come from the outer and inner sections being separate. This is key to preventing condensation, but I've still found some at my feet in the morning, but it's so minor, I pay it no mind. You can completely unzip the outer's windows, or leave the mesh in place depending on conditions. If you really want an ultralight option, you can detach the inner tent and just use the outer. Mind you, you'll need a tarp, but you'll be shaving about 4-5 lbs.
Plenty of space inside. I've never felt like I was tripping over my buddy, and the large main door means you won't have to climb over anyone in the middle of the night. I'm 5'9" and have no problem sitting up without touching the walls or overhead.
Two mesh pockets are nice, but I feel like more would be better. It also has a central line running the length of the tent overhead. You can tension this to hang socks, sunglasses, lights, etc.
Biggest drawbacks are size and weight. This is no ultralight tent, but splitting up components between you and your partner can make it more manageable. I leave the stuff sack at home, and merely pack it last to fill all the voids in my pack. The amount of space it takes up is not negligible, and even for 3-4 day trips I find myself needing every bit of my 88L pack.
This is my go-to for big mountains and winter camping. I'm willing to suck up the space and weight for a bomber shelter like this, as long as I have a partner. You can't beat a Hilleberg for durability, simplicity, and weather resistance, but it's definitely overkill for backpacking and spring/summer/fall trips. For this reason, I'm adding an UL trekking pole tent to my inventory. But this will always be my first choice for winter camping!
Awesome. period. I've used this tent in Scandinavia…
Design: 4 season, three pole hoop design
Ease of Setup: very versatile, simple set-up, can sleep 6 in a pinch
Weight: 5-9 lbs., depending on conditions...fly/no fly, etc
Price Paid: $500-600
I've used this tent in Scandinavia on skiing trips, mountaineering in Ecuador and all the states. This tent has seen feet of snow fall overnight, 50mph+ winds, heavy rain, etc, etc,...just awesome. And for around 7 lbs. you can't beat the performance and price.
Excellent quality and great customer service.
If you're thinking about it...buy it.
This is probably the best piece of equipment I will…
Design: 4 SEASON TUNNEL TENT
Ease of Setup: EASY TO SET UP (EVEN FOR 1 PERSON)
Weight: 3.4 KG
Price Paid: 25000 Belgian franks
This is probably the best piece of equipment I will ever have. It protected me in any kind weather. The roomy vestibule is a blessing in bad weather. It does a great job keeping the inner tent dry and clean. Just put all your wet clothes in the vestibule. The stormlines keep the tent up in strong wind.
One to recommend.
Very good tent, no question about that, but the 10mm…
Design: four-season tent
Ease of Setup: good
Price Paid: 680 euros
Very good tent, no question about that, but the 10mm poles are really a weak link! They tend to broke on a joint peace, and the reserve one is a for some reason smaller!? And the elastic inside is not to trust at all, and very hard to handle, the knot ends should not have a elastic properties!