Jack Wolfskin Rock 'n Roll 2
I found this tent used at an outdoor store and after crawling inside and checking out the huge double vestibules, the generous space for two plus gear; the starlight screens overhead that come with zippered covers and help to make this tent feel air; the velcro door hooks that also have bungie-style tie-backs to keep the doors out of the way; the ample stake-outs and ties to keep this tent stable and weather-tight in the fiercest storm; and the rainfly that's designed to avoid condensation all combine to make this tent a joy to call home in the wilderness!
I recommend this tent to anyone who can get their hands on one. Exceptional design and, although a bit heavy for backpacking, I think it's worth splitting the weight between two hikers for a trip into the backcountry if the weather's shakey. Plenty of room to hang inside and room under one of two large vestibules to cook, store backpacks, give the dog a sheltered bed, etc.In any case, a terrific tent for car camping.
Design: four-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 7-8 lbs
Price Paid: $160, used
Can you say BOMB SHELTER?
I bought this one slightly used from an outdoor shop who had taken it on a test run. I spent a lot of nights in other people's tents as a boy scout before I purchased my own. I love this tent. A little hefty to pack but:
1) you're gonna stay dry - BTDT
2) it won't blow away in the middle of the night - BTDT
3) freestanding design not often found in this strong of a tent lets you set up in some unsavorable campsights if need be - BTDT
Genrous space inside with two huge vestibules. Setup is rather easy and tent is very aerodynamic for those who camp in upper altitudes.
If you can find one of these bad boys, it's worth it.
Design: 4 season wind tunnel
Ease of Setup: Moderate Set-up Rember rome wasn't built in a day
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Price Paid: $200
I love this tent. It's a bit heavy for one person to pack but, if you have someone to split the weight with (one person can carry the poles).
I don't know if this tent is still being manufactured. If you find one it should be greatly reduced (I got mine for $199, last year's model)
Design: modified geodesic dome
Ease of Setup: relativley easy if directions are followed (about 10 min)
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Price Paid: $350
I just picked this big boy up last month, and have now used it twice.
It's an excellent tent, 4 aluminum poles, plenty of room, solid as a rock! Huge vestibules on both ends, generally an excellent model. Not easy to find in the stores, so you'll have to look around a bit.
Design: 4 season modified geodesic dome
Ease of Setup: Pretty easy, not more than 10 minutes including fly & staking down
Weight: 8 3/4 pounds
Price Paid: $350 US
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