J Dos Antos
the tent is a coffin shape. Just enough to sit up, change clothes. I put my backpack inside the tent and rest my head and back on it, as if I'm leaning against a tree. also sleeping in fetal position with bent knees, toes pointed horizontally. I loaned it out to an army sergant friend, he's 5' 10" and said it was plenty room for him.
Floor dimensions 82 x 32 inches
Floor area 15.5 square feet
Vestibule area 6 square feet
Peak height 36 inches
Canopy fabric Nylon ripstop
Floor fabric Coated nylon taffeta
Rainfly fabric Coated nylon ripstop
the head and toe box areas are roomy, have rods to stick up 90 degrees, unlike a standard tent that has useless pointy 15 degree edges, the roadster makes great use of the internal space.
the zippers still run fine.
the body material durable.
if doing a multi-night trip, you can leave the rain fly buckled to the tent body, and fold everything together, so a much fast setup the second night.
well don't want to restart the BPL favorite arguments about freestanding vs stake-down. This tent is not freestanding. so it needs almost all the stakes that come with it, and the guylines too.
I got mine in 2006 and used it about 10x on summit tops, deserts, and humid island ridges. worked great.
The curse of UL:
The rainfly though has a 12 inch diameter clear plastic window that is gently glued on the to the rainfly. even though I clean it well after every trip, after years of storage in a hot space, the clear plastic circle delaminated from the rainfly body. Last year I re-taped it back on, and used heavy books on top of the glue lines. seems to work fine, though haven't tested my workmanship in the rain.
The inside of the rainfly polyester material became sticky from the years of hot storage, I solved that problem by first wet wiping it, drying it out, then it was still sticky, so dusted it with baby powder, that would make it less sticky on the inside. that worked fine.
UL gear was not meant to last forever, and needs special care. I bought this from REI outlet on clearance for $46 I think. REI offered to take it back, and refund me the money, but I am somehow attached to this coffin tent. Although now I favor a roomier, newer and heavier tent, this Roadster is still my fav