Everything is a compromise when it comes to tents. My criteria when buying this tent were: easy entry/exit, weight, easy to pitch/strike, and durability (in that order). I give this tent 4 out of 5 stars in all those categories, which is pretty darn good.
We just spent 6 days in the Boundary Waters with this tent in extreme winds and heavy rain. We have down sleeping bags and managed to keep them dry in this tent. We did have condensation, but last fall our Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 also had condensation in the same wilderness area with little rain. This tent's single wall design with steep sides causes the condensation to run down to within a foot of the floor before dripping, so don't put your sleeping bag there. We slept through severe rains after days of near continuous rain, and condensation was manageable.
Properly pitching this tent is easy, follow the included instructions. It comes with two guy lines for the side vents, I added a third guy line to the attachment point on the back, it should have come with this guy line, in my opinion. It comes with 8 stakes, which is enough (including staking out the added guy line). One extra stake was nice on the entry side of the vestibule. Even in gusty Wyoming winds this was adequate.
Keep the vents open, open the peak vent, keep the vestibule partially open, and sleep with your head next to the door to control condensation.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Where do I begin? I really wanted to like this tent. I thought with one pole and a few stakes it would be a great river camping tent; it wasn't. Required twice as many stakes as included and never could get it taught enough on the gravel bar, plus the corners were not usable. Condensation was an issue with one person, more than my single wall MSR Skinny Two. Plus, one small pocket is all we could find.
Second time I used it, I tried some inventive staking to make some space in the corners since there would be two of us. Didn't do much good, though, still a lot of wasted "Footprint" space. Condensation atrocious with vents and vestibule partially open. Then, to make matters worse, it LEAKED. I used the included seam sealer and still it leaked as bad as a cheap discount store tent!
The only "Positives" out of this experience is my dealings with REI. I've always had good luck and good service with REI, but don't believe I ever returned anything? They were super! Curt, the representative whom had to listen to my complaints, was probably one of the best customer service representatives I've ever dealt with. I've always associated superlative products and service with REI, but they really made this painful tent experience palatable!
This tent is great for a quick setup on a late Friday night with plenty of room. Almost perfect, maybe a 4.5 rating.
It is quick to set up but needs to be staked out. It has a large footprint, but if you have room, it goes up faster than any of my other tents. It can be guyed out to provide more interior room. Sleeps two adults spaciously without guying or a a family of four can do fine if guyed out.
I have used this product a few times on 30-45 degree nights with 2-3 people. Condensation was an issue once, but has not been an issue if the side vents and rear wall are guyed out. I put refective string on the guyouts to keep thru traffic from tripping.
All in all a great product like my other Nemo product (a 12x12 Bugout shelter).