Great tent, sucks in the wind
Review by: roundabout, 2006-11-28
This is a pretty good tent, but then again I have gone from using a tent that broke poles if you looked at it sideways. It has never let water in, and I spent a week camping in a Cape Breton downpour. Itís roomy with plenty of head space, but I think it has a few design faults, which are apparent in wind. Even light wind is annoying, but strong wind was enough to send me looking for another tent.
Firstly the fly flaps badly. yeh I know all tents make a heap of noise in windy conditions, but with this tent there is no way to get the fly taught, particularly at ground level between the corner of the tent and where you open the fly to access the tent. Itís like there is too much material. The fly on this makes more noise than a plastic bag in a washing machine tied to a jumbo.
The other thing wrong with it is the top cross-over pole (tent has 3 poles, two arch over from opposite corners and one short pole that sits supposedly horizontally on top). After a week of camping (setting up and taking down each day) the top pole is getting pretty bent out of shape. It did take about 4 hours of very high winds without breaking though, but it was bent before that (winds strong enough to bend both sides of the cross over pole in to touch either side of the tent).
My recommendation is that if you think you may ever camp anywhere it might get windy, or even if you eat beans, then donít buy this tent. But if you can fall asleep next to the airport after a session of blazing saddles, this is probably the tent to keep you dry.