Wild Country Mistral
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Top quality tent, two can live in for an extended time without feeling cramped. Very stable, described as three-season but might manage four. All in all a great tent doing all the things you require a tent to do, provide shelter, offer good cooking space, and allow you to sleep in peace with adequate space to store your gear.
- Rain proof
- Good ventilation
- Very stable in wind
- Spacious for two
- Two side entries to flysheet
- 2 can sit side by side when cooking
- Good headroom
- Insect proof
- 1st requires to cross 2nd when exiting inner at night
Bought this second hand when looking for a new tent in 2011, now having used it on a number of occasions in varying conditions feel I obtained a bargain. Perfect for a base camp tent for two or for carrying to a central point. One would need to split the weight between two for comfortable backpacking. Huge single bell for cooking and storage. Good quality materials for flysheet, inner and groundsheet. Shame it is no longer manufactured.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: £60
This is a superb tent, copes very well in all weathers. Have had my Mistral for 14 years and it's never let me down.
- Easy to set up. roomy
- Good in bad weather condition
- Lifetime cover
- Possibly not the lightest, but not compared with other tents.
Brilliant tent, great all rounder in all weathers. Have owned for 14 years. Very roomy for a 2-man tent. You won't be disappointed.
Source: bought it new
Superb tent. Feels very roomy for its footprint. Very easy set up and take down. The porch is huge. There's a gripe on another review about the sleeve poles not being continuous, but on mine they are and they work fine. There's a strap that goes from the rear hoop to the middle that's a necessary part of the tensioning -- it also provides the "peak" that means it'll shed snow, so I'll have no hesitation taking this into the mountains in winter.
Design: Semi geodesic
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Price Paid: eBay bargain!!
A very nicely made and designed tent. Sturdy and self staying. The tent is a half-dome, side-entry type with three aluminum poles. Bathtub floor and high vertical sidewalls, gives plenty of room. The poles slide through almost-continuous mesh sleeves and the rain fly attaches securely and is HUGE -- the vestibule it creates is quite large.
Likes: Quality made, easy to setup and snug in cold or rain. Plus, a great value at this price.
Gripes: The pole sleeves aren't continuous and require prodding to thread, the pole ends can come out and (for a tent of this price and quality, most shocking) no internal loops or rings for a gear loft. Pretty minor, considering.
I bought the tent from REI's outlet site and am very happy with it, especially for the price. Wild Country hasn't yet responded to emails about US dealers for groundcover footprints, so I'm using one for the REI Half-Dome (which fits pretty close).
Design: 3+ season half dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy and sturdy setup
Weight: 5-6 lbs, depending on access
Price Paid: about $180 from REI-Outlet