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by Natricks DiggensfromPeace of Mind for the Rainy Night in Georgia.This is my first MH tent and I am impressed with its capabilities and intuitiveness to set up. I wanted a tent that would be significantly waterproofed and read several reviews discussing it as so. SOLD! Although the weight could be an issue on the longer trips, I am comfortable with its 5# minimum trail weight and the fact that I could go without the mesh for sub 4#. I might could do better with lighter stakes. The ones that come with are a standard shepherd hook aluminum (8). The tent materials show good strength when stretched and all seams are taped. The stitching work is quality and were no loose frays or ends. The poles being single hubbed is a first for me and it helps to keep it all together. I've set it up in the different configurations: Dry Pitch w/ ground cloth, then add tent, and Tent from the ground up (rainfly last). Every set-up seemed to depend on the corner hooking clips for the various attachments (ground sheet, tent, rainfly, and hub for poles) that keep it all components together. I could also pull these off and keep separate, but then there would be four pieces at risk of loss. This took some getting used to as I am more familiar with the snap clips that do not come apart from its relative fabric. Each set-up was done within 3 minutes by the time I had gotten used to it (not long). The rain fly vestibule tensioners are fantastically long and durable. The only qualm I have is the lack of a loop in the bottom middle of the fly on the non-vestibule sides. This is in case, I want to pull the fly off of the tent at the base for venting or rain drip off. I may have them added later for peace of mind. Also, I roll the fly door up to a third of the way and loop it around the zipper cord for additional ventilation without getting wet inside the tent. There appears to be no bother with condensation, of which I've accepted as a fact of life. The interior space would be best for two folks' comfortable moving room when bunked in for a rainy day and night and would be just enough room for three people. This reason is why I shop for three person tents and dimensions for two person comfort. I am 6'2" and the interior height feels just right, as long as I am not directly under the gear loft. Even then, there is still plenty of head room. It also has two internal corner pockets. The bottom half white fabric below the mesh is good for a sort of privacy and prevents some of the colder air from blowing directly on us. The doors zip up and out of the way when needed, and on the fly as well. All in all, I really just dig the color. It helps to blend in with my surroundings. In conclusion, the design of the Drifter 3 DP is simple and thought out yet all is practical.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5out of5
by Kalila AnnefromGreat Couples TentI bought this tent to replace my original tent I had owned for a really long time. I was somewhat reluctant to buy a new one, the one I had worked fine the only downfall being it was EXTREMELY difficult to pitch in the dark. Being a weekend warrior I usually head out Friday night so wherever I go it's generally dark when I set up. This tent couldn't be easier to pitch. I got it in the mail Friday afternoon and headed out for a weekend trip, probably dumb not to set it up first but I was in a rush. I was so satisfied with how intuitive the set up is, and the reflective tabs are particularly helpful at night. I have now officially had this tent in all sorts of weather conditions. I have camped on beaches, tropical areas (actually had it IN a tropical storm), in colorado cold weather, fall, rain, and hot weather. It is extremely sturdy and durable and it does not leak a drop. We got stuck in tropical storm Beryl last year in South Carolina and did not feel worried about water coming in. I bought the footprint on sale and while it helps protect the floor it seems like it does a better job of keeping water trapped under the tent when it does rain. I woke up at three in the morning feeling as if I was in a water bed. The only con I have would be the size-it is a three man tent however I can't picture that being too comfortable for car camping or base camp. For backpacking I could see it to cut down on weight but for any other purpose it's really only good for two people, a dog, and a couple of packs. Although I have only tried it out with my boyfriend and dogs so I guess that's at your call. The dual vestibule feature is really handy, and it is also a good size for a dog if your dog farts in the middle of the night. It also has a couple of pockets on both sides, and a canopy for placing items in. I couldn't be happier with this tent! It probably could stand to be a little lighter for backpacking purposes, but I haven't done any solo trips so splitting up the tent doesn't make it so bad.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5out of5
by Wade WfromGreat Tent!I've had this tent for 1.5 years and use it almost monthly. It's been on trips ranging from 2 nights to 7. Although it's a little big / heavy, I knew that when I picked a 3-man tent. I use it on short backpack outings (less than 5 miles) and "car camping". It's very sturdy and easy to put up. It's been on campouts where it endured 3-4 days of constant rain, and it's never allowed water inside. I've been very impressed by that. This tent is excellent, and I would buy it again.
Date published: 2013-12-23
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