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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great tent! I'm so smart for choosing it! LOL
on September 5, 2013
Long-time 61-year old camper and backpacker here. Have owned many many tents over the years.
The particular things I like about this tent are (1) so fast to put up and take down especially when there are swarms of mosquitoes about; (2) as a 6-footer I can stand up in the tent while dressing and undressing simply by bending my head down; (3) I can deploy the fly, then disconnect it from 3 stakes and fold the whole fly down onto the ground on one side of the tent. Then I get to enjoy the night scenery and breezes, but if it starts to rain, I can get the fly deployed again in 35 seconds. Yes, I've timed it.
Only one thing I did not like and that was the lack of any tie loops inside the tent. Minor nit that I fixed by sewing in some tie loops myself. This is for stringing up a cord inside the tent to hang wet clothes at night.
One reviewer said it's not big enough for four people. He must be new to camping--no 4-person tent is big enough for 4 people! LOL The "person" designation that all tent manufacturers use is just to tell you the relative size. A 4-person is bigger than a 3-person and smaller than a 6-person. Other than that, if you are shopping for a tent and need a certain size, then you need to look at the tent dimensions that are shown in the list of specifications.
Another reviewer also whined about the size of the stuff sack. My sack is fine. I'm able to roll up the tent, the fly, a heavy poly footprint, the vestibule doormat, a big plastic mallet, extra stakes, and extra guy lines with room to spare. The tricks you need to use for any tent is (1) lay the tent bag down next to where you are folding up the parts so that you can eyeball the folded length before you start to roll everything up. If the folded length is too short, the rolled-up bundle will be too fat for the bag. And (2) you need two or three cinch straps to keep the rolled up bundle nice and tight while you pull the tent bag down over it.
About the footprint, I never buy footprints if they are not included with the tent. For light duty tents, I use Tyvek house wrap that must first be thoroughly crinkled up and wetted and crinkled some more to make it soft and silent before you use it with your tent (Google it.) For heavier-duty tents, like this one, I use a blue tarp--cut off all the grommets and hemmed edges. Very strong, surprisingly thin without the edging, it won't unravel, and its waterproof (not that a footprint needs to be waterproof.)
There have been some complaints about the poles on this tent bending. Yes, they do bend. Get over it. They will bend slightly the first or second time you put it up and then they will happily keep that slight bend for the remainder of the life of the tent. No harm in that. Just remember that these are lightweight poles so use common sense when putting up the tent.
Oh, and to put this review into perspective, I've not used this tent a lot yet, but I expect I will. I bought it at the beginning of the summer (to replace a Kingdom 4) and I camped in it 23 nights at 11 different locations. I'm retired now so I get to go camping all I want! Looking forward now to Fall and Winter camping here in the great Pacific Northwest.