Rating: 3 / 5
2009 version adds a rear door and 2-way zippers on both sides. It looses the second main zipper and ability to open up the porch all the way and claims to loose a few ounces of weight...but this ended up not being the case. Theoretically the 2-way zippers on both doors should aid in ventilation near the peak, but this is a non-field tested review. I do like the design of this tent in many ways.
Set up was reasonably easy; it pitches nice & taut. It is very tight on space for a 2 person tent, however (~ 22 sq. ft. - which makes it probably the smallest claimed 2 person tent around). I bought it to use camping with my daughter, but returned it because it seemed even too crammed for me & my 7-year old + there were some places where the stitching was already causing tension lesions in the fabric on the inner tent and the weights were over mfg. specs.: I'm also not to keen on sending it overseas for repairs, which it appeared that it already needed.
- 2 lb. 7.5 oz. min.
- 2 lb. 11.7 oz. max.
My weighed specs. are as follows:
- Poles w/ rubber band 5.8
- Stakes (12 ti special shep) 0.9
- Pole Storage Sack 0.2
- Main Storage Sack 0.7
- fly + inner combined 37.5
- 2 lb. 12.2 oz. min. (which is actually over the stated max.)
- 2 lb. 15.1 oz. max. (includes the mini-repair kit, which I forgot to measure...although by deduction it would be about 1 oz. and the instructions booklet, which were measured at 1 oz.)
Normally I wouldn't be too put off by specs being this far off (almost 5 oz. for the min.), but this tent is so small, it is a rather large percentage and this company prides itself on the lightest gear. They also made a point of saying that they lowered the weight for this year, but I found it to be even slightly heavier than the old specs. This tent ends up being about the same min. weight as a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 - which has +6 sq.ft. of floor space, albeit a netting inner.
One of the things I was really looking forward to was the fabric inner rather than mesh walls for additional warmth, but unfortunately, half the door is mesh and has no zippered cover. The end vents have covers, but use velcro tabs, which would most certainly allow wind to pass through and cool the tent. That said, it should still be warmer than an all-mesh tent and the low interior volume would also help with this aspect and necessitate a bit more aggressive venting for most situations anyway.
It is/could be a great tent.
The added features are nice, but not enough to make it a legitimate 2 person tent. I would peg it a normal sized 1 person tent, by American standards.
One thing to note is the vestibule is very nice and has a lot of usable space.
One more gripe is that the adjustable low fly vents on the ends were a bit cumbersome (although a great feature), put a lot of strain on the inner tent and did not seem to go down as far as they should have in order to block wind adequately.
The rating would be a 4 if stitching wasn't an issue and the vents covered better.
The rating would be a five if they didn't claim it a 2 person tent and the weights were not so far off of spec.
(Again, this was a non field-tested review, but I hope you find it useful despite this aspect.)