Very lightweight, freestanding tent for two (-ish).
Source: bought it new
Very lightweight, freestanding tent for two (-ish). This is not for the tall (although it is longer than most 2p UL's) or wide, but as seen in the pics, it fits two Klymit Static V's with about a foot to spare in length. I measured interior head space and get 40 inches. LL Bean's website says 36 inches, so I was happy to have the extra 4 inches.
Glad to finally make a trek to Southern Utah to put this to the test! Tent went through a wet night with 20+ MPH winds with no issues. Then a night in the 20's with no condensation issues. Then several nights in the 40's where it performed very well.
This tent is quickly becoming a favorite. It has resisted many nights and days in the rain, with 20+ mile per hour winds. I keep looking for the ultimate UL tent and keep coming back to this.
- Very light, 3lbs 1 oz on my scale for everything.
- 30 sq ft—bigger than many other UL's in its weight class.
- Stitching is very even and well done
- Freestanding—only the fly vestibules would need to be staked out.
- 90" long provides extra space for packs at our feet.
- 52" wide at the top also provides space for shoes at the door, ready to go.
- Excellent netting keeps mosquitoes at bay (unfortunately I tested this capability fully).
- Small size for two—could use an extra 6 inches in length
- No gear loft attachments
- No ventilation in the fly
- Walls are not as vertical as some, reducing interior space.
I'm 5'10" (plus an inch or two of hair) and could sit up in the tent with a few inches to spare.
There is ample headroom for two, but it could be a bit longer. I prefer to keep my packs inside the tent to keep creepy crawlers off and out. Ever had a scorpion in your backpack? Ever lost a boot due to a possum? I have, it's not something I want to relive.
I had hoped that the length of the tent would allow the packs to be stored at our feet. And it is very close to working, but won't be 100 percent.
I have a Cabelas XPG 3 that is super nice, but a tad too big, and with a 1lb 8oz weight penalty I wanted something lighter.
Have had this tent out several times now, with 0 issues. Condensation has been no worse than my Mountainsmith Morrison tent with vents. At 3lbs 1 oz for everything this has been a serious weight saver. It has survived rain and winds with no problem.