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Historic Range: $169.83
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$200.00
This is by the far one of the best backpacking tents…
This is by the far one of the best backpacking tents I've owned. It's very light and it's pretty roomy with one person and a little cramped with two people (but when you're backpacking it doesn't really matter, any shelter is good).
I'm an Eagle Scout and I had the pleasure of going out to Philmont, New Mexico, for a 10 day 110 mile backpacking hike and I bought this tent specifically for this trip and I absolutely loved it.
I wish REI would continue making more of these tents, it's sturdy light weight (even for just a single backpacker) and it's prefect. Absolutely love it.
Used it twice and stored it along with an older Winnebago…
Source: bought it new
Used it twice and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. The Winnebago tent is still perfect but my REI Sub Alpine is now sticky and gummy. The fabric seems to have turned into one big post-it note.
- Fabric deteriorates quickly
- Not very durable
Several years ago, my wife and I backpacked into the Desolation Wilderness area near Lake Tahoe for 5 days. The tent was a bit cramped for two people. My wife and I are not fat or tall. We should have bought a three-person tent.
We used it and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. We used it again a couple years back. The Winnebago tent is still perfect, but my REI Sub Alpine is now sticky and gummy. The fabric seems to have deteriorated and turned into one big post-it note. What a mess.
I love this tent. I picked it up for $30 at a garage…
Price Paid: $30
I love this tent. I picked it up for $30 at a garage sale. I keep seeing then appear for the same reason: the clear pothole window which was glued in to the fly has delaminated. Being handy with a sewing machine, I just sewed the window back in place and seam sealed it.
The three pole setup makes for an amazing amount of headroom and stability.
I am 5'2" and usually share with another similarly sized gal.
I don't know what else to say other than: this is a good tent.
I can't believe REI stopped making this tent! It's…
Design: REI Sub-Alpine UL
Ease of Setup: Very easy, pole clips, no sleeves, can use just floor and fly
Weight: 4 lbs. 8oz.
Price Paid: $200
I can't believe REI stopped making this tent! It's so strong, easy to set up and lightweight. Inside is roomy enough for two, plus gear. My husband and I share this tent for backpacking -- I'm 5"3" and he is 6'. First time we pitched this tent, it was dark, raining and blowing ...and it went right up and everything stayed dry. Still have my tent and using it. Love this tent!
Very nice 3-season 2-person tent. I used this tent…
Design: Three-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $86.75
Very nice 3-season 2-person tent. I used this tent while on a three-day 32-miles canoe trip of the Buffalo River. I bought this tent on a 50% off sale at REI. The first thing I noticed after bringing this tent home was that it was very easy to set up after negotiating the small amount of room I have in my living room. During the canoe trip we set up this tent three times. Each time it took no more then two minutes to set up and one time we set up the entire tent in the dark and before it began to rain.
The fly protected us while it rained and our stuff remained dry. The tent is a very cozy for two people, and there is room at the foot of the tent for some gear. The vestibule is smaller then most tents but you can stash two sets of boots and two small packs. On the other two nights we made use of the "convertible fly" feature which allows one to look at the starry night sky through the vent in the top. The ventilation of the tent is not very good but if you orient the tent with the wind it helps. The built-in compression straps on the tents carrying sack should be an industry standard and every tent should have setup instructions sewn onto the sack. The tent is incredibly light and but still feels sturdy.
All in all I would recommend this tent for people who are looking for an affordable lightweight two-person tent which is easy to set up.