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Reviewers Paid: $225.00-$260.00
The Wenger Outfitter was my choice after extended research based on past mountain experience, mostly in the Wasatch Front of Utah. My aim was to put together a gear outfit that would be comfortable in the mountains for extended periods, 3-6 months at a time. Using a mountain bike and bike trailer, the Outfitter became my first choice in tent, and I also got a Wenger Pack and Sleeping bag to go with it.
The tent can be set up by one person, though two make it a snap. All the construction is top quality, the poles are 11mm aluminum, and when erected, it is the sturdiest tent I have used, including the Eureka Alpenlite. It is very spacious for one person, which is how I will use it, but three would be no problem. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because yes, the rear window of the inner tent has a clear opening through the fly in the back, thus taking from true four-season status. This tent will work for a good many conditions, and really is a fortress of a tent.
I would not be using it, however, if I didn't have a bike trailer for gear as well as a pack, it is every bit of 14lbs, and quite large. Also the way the tent is exposed in the back is not totally desirable, but I don't expect it to be a problem except in the worst of storms with the wind blowing just right, in which case it can, easily, be tarped.
Design: Freestanding Dome
Ease of Setup: average
Price Paid: $225
Overall quality of this tent seems fairly good. It does have a couple of design deficiencies though. Although it is sold as a 4-season tent it doesn't have any tie downs to secure it against the wind!!! The other potential problem is that the tent doesn't have a full coverage fly in the back. There is a small awning over the back window. This is good for ventilation purposes but if the wind and rain is coming from that direction a lot of the tent body is exposed. I would really consider this more of a heavy duty 3 season tent because of these reasons.
Design: 4 season free standing dome
Ease of Setup: moderate
Weight: 12.8 lbs
Price Paid: $260