Rating: 5 / 5
The Cloudburst 2 was my first tent from Tarptent.
I like the design, and it holds up well in rain and wind. It sleeps 2 comfortably and sets up pretty easily with as few as 3 stakes. It weight a hair over 2 lbs with sealed seams, not bad for a 30 sq. ft. tent.
You don’t need instructions for setup, although the front pole can be a little finicky to get right the first couple of times.
Condensation was a little more than expected, but that’s an artifact of silnylon and the overall ventilation.
It's tall enough to sit up in, have a small party with a few people out of the weather and insects, and a reasonable vestibule to keep extra gear out of the elements.
The bathtub sides and vents all the way around do a reasonable job helping to minimize condensation, but there was a little more than expected. But, it is silnylon, so other mitigation strategies need to come into play. Compared to other competitive 2 man tents, this is a winner.
Like other Tarptents, it only takes a couple of times setting up the Cloudburst 2 to get the bathtub sides right, and it becomes obvious after you've set it up.
Intuitive easy setup
Performance in wind and rain
What could improve:
Slightly larger vent area in the back.
Very slightly longer front fly to provide a little more weather coverage while extended.
Blowing rain can have a tendency to sneak in under the vestibule.
Considering you can get a Rainshadow 2 for $5 more, I decided to trade this in for a Rainshadow 2, which provides significantly more room and ventilation for about 3 additional ounces.