Rating: 1 / 5
Live and learn. My experience started with one of the two pullouts separating completely from the shelter as I pitched it in my yard per the instructions. Believe me, not much pressure was being applied at the time. An examination revealed it was never properly stitched so my kind wife sewed it back on and reinforced the other pullout. After repair, pitched several times using different configurations and decided it was ready for a trail test. Just spent 4 days in the Shenandoah Nat'l Park and sure am glad there are shelters. First, I found setup anything but quick. It is a slow tedious process as you first stake and then restake. In my opinion it is extremely difficult to get a taut pitch in the field when dealing with real world conditions and not a sodded yard with no rocks. In full protection mode, wind blows under the sides unless you place stones on the edges to secure to the ground. Rain comes through the opening where the trekking poles protude through the peaks. In a steady rain, the shelter sags terribly under the weight of the rain. As I laid in my down bag on my back, my feet were barely visible through a small area as the shelter sides were almost touching the bag. Forget about packing your backpack in there or changing clothes as you have to be a contortionist to move about in the small area that remains useable in the front. Cooking was out of the question. The thought of trying to set it up the next night after hiking all day in the rain led me to a trail shelter and convinced me that a real tent will be in my pack the next trip. Would recommend this shelter only if you use a bivy sack and enjoy the challenge of dealing with misery on the trail.