REI Clipper Tent - 2012 Special Buyis rated4.75out of5by4.
Rated5out of5byspacedancefromsurvived a crazy storm perfectly!This tent is absolutely amazing. On my first night out with it I was caught in an intense thunderstorm in the Badlands of South Dakota. Very heavy rain, strong winds, and some hail. The tent held up perfectly and had no leaks or wet spots come morning. Very easy to set up and very sturdy.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated4out of5byLimfromGood buyUsed it at Arroyo Seco with a tarp under the base. Easy to use, easy to pack, not too heavy for the price.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated5out of5byMaine JellyfromSolid Tent, Dry, Well BuiltThis is my 1 man luxury tent. I've used it in 3 seasons, it stays warm, dry, and keeps the elements out. The whole tent buttons up very nicely, and after a year it shows very little wear. I planned on using this for solo backpacking, and it has plenty of room for two backpackers. A bit large for just one. It fits a twin air mattress perfectly. At first, I wasn't sure about the front entry because I have seen so many dual doors, but for one person, it is perfect.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated5out of5byHiking with dogfromAwesome 3.5 season tent, super bargainI've used this tent extensively since buying it in 2010. I've backpacked with it in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt. Ranier National Park, the Payseten Wilderness, Olympic National Park, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and best of all North Cascades National Park. It's kept me comfortable and dry in below-freezing temperatures, light snow, 90-degree blistering sunshine, and driving rain. I have no plans to replace it. It's that good.
You must ensure that the fly is taut if you want the best ventilation and water shedding. Another reviewer commented that it will gather rain in a depression at the top of the fly. I have experienced this, too, but I realized that it was my fault for not pitching the fly properly. The tent includes three extra stakes and guy-out rope to secure the sides and rear of the tarp. Properly pitched, the tent will not leak in snow or driving rain.
The tent is not the absolute lightest, but it makes up for that in durability. I can't afford to buy a new tent every few years, and this one is in great shape after all of the above use. It's plenty light enough for 13-mile days in true mountain terrain. You cannot beat the price. I bought the footprint to go with it.
I've attached a photo of the tent set up on a tiny peninsula in Ross Lake in the North Cascades. You can see the necessary black guy lines at the base of the fly. The two extra guy lines (with the yellow reflective cord) were only placed because a big thunderstorm rolled in as I was pitching camp. The wind was easily strong enough to take my hat off my head and blow it into the water. Tent was fine.
I love the included gear loft. Very handy.
Not the best for really tall people. I'm 5' 9", and it's cozy. A six-foot person would be okay, barely, but a 6' 2" person should probably buy a longer tent.
Last thing--snow. Notice the structure of the poles when the tent is pitched. It creates three interlinked arches which transfer the weight of snow to the ground. Many so-called three-season tents would be useless in snow because their pole architecture is only strong enough to hold up the fly itself.
Date published: 2013-03-13
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REI Clipper Tent - 2012 Special Buy Customer Reviews