Mountainsmith Equinox 4 Tent - 2013 Special Buy Specs
6 lbs. 15 oz.
6 lbs. 15.oz.
8 x 19.5 inches
96 x 84 inches
244 x 213 centimeters
56 square feet
21 square feet
68d x 185t Poly Breathable F/R
75d x 190t Poly PU5000mm W/R, F/R
68d x 185t Poly PU2000mm W/R, F/R
Minimum trail weight
Minimum trail weight - metric
Fly / footprint pitch weight
Floor dimensions - metric
Peak height - metric
Number of doors
Number of poles
Mountainsmith Equinox 4 Tent - 2013 Special Buy
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Rated 4.4/5 based on 5 reviews
Rated 2out of5
by DakodesfromDoesn't handle wind.I've had the tent 4 days..just got back from camping up north at Jalama beach, CA this tent was really easy to set up, it also looks very nice...I thought it was going to be a good tent as it seemed solid..winds picked up around 3am it was blowing around 20-25mph...the tent didn't handle the wind at all. I had all the guy lines secured and the tent firmly staked down the tent kept collapsing from the wind and the rain fly that creates the vestibule was flapping around all night making tons of noise even though it was staked down. The other issue was all the sand that was able to get under the rain fly...there must have been 5 inches of sand on us when I woke up. So looks like I'll be retuning it to REI.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 5out of5
by secondislanderfromRock-Solid Go-To Tent In All RespectsI used this tent continuously for 44 days at two different campsites in Maui, Hawaii. I found the most valuable features to be the two vents at the top of the rain fly, the rain fly itself and its spread and access, the open quality of the tent with equal and large access zippers at opposite ends that also had zip windows on the inside that tucked away nicely (the rain-fly does the same on both flaps on both ends), the way the bottom of the tent extends up the edges a few inches on all sides, and just the overall aesthetic was very, very nice (I got comments about this from other campers).
The tent endured a couple of overnight heavy tropical rains without a hitch while many other campers on those same nights did not fare so well. Also endured heavy gusty winds at times without trouble. Overall the tent felt palatial as I was the only occupant and having fit in it a queen-sized air bed with sheets, blanket and pillows. With all that there was still plenty of space left over for the backpack and other gear.
Overall, a very strong and efficient product that I will use again. One trick I should pass along is that when you pack the tent back into its bag be sure to compress very tightly when rolling it back up making sure all air is pressed out.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5out of5
by CC RiderfromHigh Quality Tent At A Great Price!I own several tents and motorcycle camp about once a month. My beloved JanSport Isodome is now too old & worn to be effective anymore and I needed a good, solid, 3-season tent that wasn't too big when packed and could pull winter duty in a pinch. Note that the Equinox and Genesee are exactly the same except for the color. The Genesee is blue/white and the Equinox is lime/white.
There's really very little to criticize about this tent. Its extremely simple and quick to set up, with a basic 2-pole design. It is truly freestanding, so it can be moved around once set up and doesn't require staking, except to guy it out or extend the vestibule. The color is pleasant and easy to spot at night or in an emergency, it's well ventilated but with a full fly, which also retains heat when it gets cold. Unlike a lot of other 3-season tents in this class, this one has zip-up panels to completely cover the screen for better insulation in cold weather and for privacy with the fly off.
A lot of the lightweight tents are strictly screen under a fly, which is less flexible for various weather conditions and less private.
Despite the fact that this tent is only a 2-pole design and uses clips instead of pole loops, it is still very strong and resistant to wind & damage. Although it's not an expedition tent, if properly guyed out, it will stand up to 50 MPH winds without issue. The tent is also waterproof and appears to be well sealed from the factory, however as with any new tent, I would recommend sealing the fly and floor seams.
The weight is a little on the high side, however if it's split between two or more hikers, it's perfectly acceptable. I use it for motorcycle camping, so for me, the weight is fine. The packed size is pretty remarkable for a 4-person tent with decent interior volume. At only 16" long in the stuff sack, it will easily fit completely inside a Harley Tour-Pak or other motorcycle trunk. Although it's rated as a 4-person tent, as with all tents I would realistically subtract one person. For two people, this tent is very roomy, with space for a twin air mattress, gear and a dog. It does come with two doors, so entry/exit for two or more is easy and the walls are vertical enough to add some movement room.
The vestibules are on the small side, however as many experienced campers will tell you, an excessively large vestibule is not a great asset. These not only add weight and size to the packed tent, but most campers/hikers I know of prefer to keep their gear and boots inside the tent, where they're more likely to stay dry and free from insects/spiders. Large vestibules also allow a greater air space around doors, which can make any vapor barrier provided by the fly less effective. Mountainsmith got this right, especially for campers using the tent in colder weather.
As far as durability goes, only time will tell, but it appears to be just as well made as my 1980 JanSport, sans the snow tunnel, chimney and snow flaps. I'm hoping to use this for at least 10 years.
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 5out of5
by thinshavingsfromHigh quality very good price great valueHave used this tent for car camping only so far.
Easy to set up, ventilation system works great.
Very light weight for its size.
This is a high quality tent that will not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5out of5
by coopscoopfromGreat backpacking tent!First, a few observations, and then I will share its strengths and weakness. This tent appears to be the same as the Mountiansmith Genesee tent that is sold elsewhere. I'm not sure why they have different names, but the descriptions are identical.
The tent is listed as 8 ft x 7 ft. However, the inside only measures about 90 inches x 77 inches. I believe they are measuring the distances between the grommet holes. This is not something that is unique to Mountainsmith as I've noticed other tents coming up short of stated dimensions. This does make a difference thought, because while a large thermarest (which measures 25 inches x 75 inches) will barley fit going one direction, it is tight enough that your feet and head will be touching the tent wall. For larger folks like me (6' 3") it is really a 3 man tent because I have to sleep in the other direction. If you use regular size thermarest pads (that are 72 inches x 20 inches) then you could fit 4 people in, but it would be snug.
•Pack size. This tent packs amazingly small for a 4 person tent. It will pack down smaller than the stated packed dimensions.
•Weight. Under 7 lbs is great for a tent of this size. Especially if you split it up between two or three people. For this price range, you can't beat the space to weight ratio.
•Features. This tent is well constructed…2 doors/vestibules, full fly, seam sealed, aluminum poles, great light weight stakes, reflective guy lines with nice plastic tightener (no need to break out your boy scout knots), gear loft, mesh windows and good ventilation. Set up is also very quick and easy.
•The vestibule space is pretty small. You could probably squeeze one pack under each vestibule, but that's about it. Works better for boots.
•The type of design makes it difficult to get in and out when it is raining without getting the inside of the tent wet.
•They only have two guy lines on the sides of the tent. For a more secure set up I wish they would have more guy line attachments.
•They have mesh pockets in two of the corners, but I wish they had them in all 4 corners of the inside.
I used this tent on a recent backpacking trip with two other guys. It rained for a about 5 hours during the night and the inside stayed dry except for some moisture around the bottom edge that got wet because I didn't stake out the fly to keep it off the tent at the bottom. Splitting the contents 3 ways (one person carried the fly, one person carried the tent and one person carried the poles and stakes) made for a very lightweight shelter. You could even split the content of this tent for two people backpacking and it would be a palace.
Overall, I am very pleased with this tent. I don't think you can beat it for the price. I got it for under one hundred George Washington's elsewhere. It makes for a roomy 2 or 3 person backpacking tent.
Date published: 2013-10-31
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