Well, I bought this tent several months ago, but had never gotten around to setting it up and checking out the specs. Got back from a day hike yesterday and the time had come.
Dan has written up a fine review above and I’ll only add my observations and a few photos so that you can have some alternate angles showing what this tent has to offer.
First of all, before I get the technicalities, I’ve been looking for a two-man tent for a while. I really wanted a truly light freestanding tent that would sleep two. But if you look closely at the specs of the lighter alternatives out there, they are pretty small and though they indicate they’ll sleep two, it would be in sardine-style for sure. They are really a palace for one. Then BA came out with this tent. Yes, it’s not in the two-pound range, but it’s still pretty light and is really a two-man tent that can actually sleep two men. So, without further delay, here’s the specs on the tent I have and the way I’ll carry it:
------ Grams -- OZ.
Fly - 460.7 - 16.25
Body - 554.1 - 19.54
Tent Bag - 23.7 - 0.84
Poles - 442.4 - 15.60
Stakes - 100.4 - 3.54
Total - 1581.3 - 55.78 - 3.49 lbs.
I’ll also carry the footprint as well. That adds 7 ounces (ouch) to the package, but this shelter set-up is still under four pounds, if just barely. I got a really good deal on the foot print too, so I felt I couldn’t pass it up. Speaking of good deals, Dan was the one that turned me on to the eBay listing and I appreciate that. –The footprint stuff sack doubles as the stake bag too.
Now, here are the physical measurements I took on my side yard yesterday:
Width: Head 65"
Width: Middle 56"
Width: foot 59"
Length: @ corner 89"
Length: middle 88"
Height at door 35.5"
Highest clearance 40"
I note that Dan reported a significantly higher clearance in his tent. I think this is because I set up on grass and he was inside his house and therefore he did not loose some of the height to the springy grass I was on. But I did have the benefit of being staked out so I got measurements that were slightly wider, longer, etc. Basically, it appears that the specs that BA has reported for this tent are pretty close and that is much appreciated. As you can see from the photos below, this tent has plenty of room for two full-size hikers and gear inside or in the vestibule. The one thing I wasn’t so happy about is the number of stakes needed to get a taut pitch in rainy conditions. Really, you need four for the corners, two for the vestibule, and three for the sides and rear to pull the fly away from the body of the tent. Probably I won’t go to the trouble of staking it out unless there’s weather.
For the trail weight I show above, I took off three guy lines that I thought were really not necessary, the three corresponding stakes, and several stuff sacks. The DAC stakes that came with it aren’t the lightest, but at 10.8-11.2 grams each, are still pretty light. You could probably lighten up a bit further but not staking the four corners, but staking the rear, middle, and vestibule to drop some more grams. Overall, I’m quite stoked. And I can’t wait to hit the trail. I’m hoping my hiking buddy can get the 4th of July extended weekend away so we can go shake this tent down.
In dry conditions, if you are going to sleep with the fly on, it would probably help to use one stake at the rear to allow for a straight-thru ventilation path.
Front/rear shots with no fly
Side view showing staked out config: note middle stake pulls out fly from body of tent.
Note plenty of room to spare and the shot also shows how staking out the rear of the fly helps with ventilation. No stake and the fly hangs against the tent body.
It would be nice if in future iterations of this tent that the poles were engineered to hold the fly out away from the body of the tent. You need either less or no stakes with this configuration. I prefer not to stake if it’s not windy.