Review: Mountain Hardwear Room with a view [ 2-man, 3 season Tent ]

Retail: $329.99, but MBstores.com is currently offering this tent for $219.95 only. (offer expires soon)

Product Description
Even a claustrophobe would find comfort in the spacious interiors and expansive views of these tents. Their unique 3-pole design ensures both stability and ample living space. The sky window on the fly offers a view even in rain; it can be covered with a panel when you want shade or privacy. The vestibule is voluminous, thanks to its brow pole, and the large mesh door, two intake vents, two side windows, and a large canopy vent allow for efficient Flo-Thru ventilation. For maximum waterproofness, both floor and fly are fully taped. The Tension Shelf adds strength to the tent and support for the vestibule pole; and does overtime as a storage space. Five perimeter pockets complete the organizational picture. A zipper at the foot of the tent allows you to raise or lower the fly from within.


Reviewed by: Joe Theobald, a Backpacker from Cincinnati, OH USA
Date Reviewed: 5/5/2002 8:34:54 PM
 

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You should seam seal this tent, and do it right. If you do this you won't have any problems. The rainfly comes factory taped so no worries there. My first night using this tent we received 12 hours of rain, sleet, and light hail. This tent held up to every bit of it. Even though Mountain Hardwear claims this is a 3-season, I'm willing to bet you could use it for light 4-season (not extreme blizzards though). I did have condensation inside the tent but I could have guyed it out better too. Vestibule is roomy enough for 2 pairs of boots and plenty of gear. I don't know what else to say about this tent. When I wake up dry, I'm happy.

Customer Service:
Haven't needed it.

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  Reviewed by: Bill, a Climber from Vienna Va.
Date Reviewed: 4/13/2002 5:31:16 AM
 
 

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The tent is well made but poorly designed. First the Window in the fly lets too much heat in during the day and lets every one see in the tent during the night. Secondly the pole design makes the walls slope in at such an angle that the only way a person can sit up in the tent is if that person were in the center of the tent.

I did like the feature of being able to roll up the end of the tent on hot nights for more ventilation. In the end I sold it and plan to buy a Sierra Designs tent. MH tries hard to put new features in their tents but they should try using their tents themselves before selling them.

BTW I tried to tell the MH rep about the problems but he really didn't want to listen. I guess they see them selves as another North Face.

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North Face, REI, Sierra Designs,
 

 
  Reviewed by: Craig & Linda Cassity, a Backpacker from Noblesville, Indiana, USA
Date Reviewed: 1/20/2002 8:51:26 AM
 
 

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While trying to describe a Porsche, where does one begin? The same holds true for this tent.While in this thing at about 11,200 ft. in Colorados Chicago Basin, we were already enduring a 5 hour thunder/rain/snow storm when the acorn size hail and 25-30 mph winds started pummeling our tent. With the fly in place there was ample storage in the vestibule for both our packs that stayed mostly dry,great ventilation from between the fly and the tent even without allowing the splash back to get in, since the floor also turns up the side walls approx.4"-6".Love the indoor storage space at the head and in the attic area that holds a weeks worth of gear without hindering the sleeping area.The fly , while being totally saturated, lost very little shape, and we enjoyed the window that aligned perfectly with the tents window for an un-interrupted view.Great head room for sitting.The set-up and tear down time is very quick and as simple as it gets!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Chris, a Backpacker from Richmond Michigan, USA
Date Reviewed: 1/5/2002 4:46:15 PM
 
 

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I purposely set this tent up before a snowtorm of 16" and 40 mph gusts. The tent survived well. Noisy but sturdy. Tons of room and storage. Very fast erection even with 4 poles.

Customer Service:
Never used

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  Reviewed by: Scott, a Climber from Colorado
Date Reviewed: 9/28/2001 8:47:37 AM
 
 

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What a cool tent. This thing is bomber for a 3 season tent. I have lived in this tent for a few months and love it. I have been poured on, snowed on and it held up. Perhaps the best test is when ir blew about 30 mph and rained for 8 hours.
The only real complaint is that it does not have a door except for a screen. But this is not a huge problem as i bought it for it's ventilation and view.
Even though it is a three season tent, a tie off miday up the fly on the middle of the tent would make this thing virtually silent in a windstorm.

Customer Service:
Never had to use it

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  Reviewed by: Benjamin Reed-Lunn, a Backpacker from Davis, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: 9/5/2001 9:19:16 AM
 
 

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Awesome Tent!! I thoroughly went through all the reviews on this tent before I bought it and boy was I not disappointed. I took this tent on its first outing to Desolation wilderness (up near Tahoe) in the end of August. August, you know, the summer, like when it is supposed to be around 80 degrees and sunny out, HA! The weather report badly decived us by claiming only short showers and partly cloudy for the rest of the trip. Well it rained one whole day and the tent stayed wonderfully dry. Then we packed up hoping to find better weather at a lower elevation, only to find much worse weather. Right after we found our campsite the drizzle turned into pouring rain. After only setting up the tent once before, 2 people set up the tent in about 5 minutes under the pressure of the pounding rain. The overhead attic was great to store some of our wet gear and the pocket above the door was useful too. There is plenty of space between the rainfly and the canopy so you don't need to worry too much about touching the sides of the tent. The next morning we woke up to find the ground coated with 3 inches of snow!!!! In August!! And to boot nothing was wet inside the tent, dry as could be. Let me remind you this is a 3 season tent, it is not meant to be able to handle snow. We stayed in the tent for the whole morning waiting for it to stop snowing and still no complaints about the tent. The other reviewers weren't kidding when they said this tent was bomb-proof. The only cons to this tent are the lack of a real door (not mesh) without the rainfly (although that wasn't a problem on our trip) and it weighs a bit on the heavy side. But weight is the tradeoff for a sturdy tent, and I'll take a pound more anyday in order to keep from being wet and miserable. Oh, the windows were very nice also to check and see the state of the storm outside.

Customer Service:
N/A

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  Reviewed by: Andy H, a Backpacker from Minneapolis, MN
Date Reviewed: 9/4/2001 9:13:56 AM
 
 

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My fiancee and I went camping in Wisconsin with 10 other friends, all of us planning to relax and do a little tubing down the river. We arrived late, so our first real-life tent setup of our brand-new A Room With A View Tent was done in almost complete darkenss. Absolutely no problems - in 10 minutes we were stashing gear into the tent, just in time to avoid the light-medium drizzle that was starting to fall from the sky. The drizzle lasted all night, coating everything in the campground. no problem for the RwaV tent - we stayed bone dry, with plenty of air ventilation to keep us comfortable.

The REAL test came the next night. Around 10:00pm the heavy drops started to fall, sending everyone to their tents. Over the next 3 hours, we witnessed a massive thuderstorm roll over us (We later heard that the town 2 miles from us had 5" of standing water, with 40mph winds). Our tent swayed with the gusts, and we could feel the water flowing freely underneathe the tent (Our campsite was probably the worst location I've ever had - downhill, in a gully.. it was the only site available) and even though it sounded like thousands of marbles dropping on the rainfly, we curled up and went to sleep, amidst lightning strikes that occurred 2 time a second.

We awoke the next morning to find tarps blown around, half the campers gone, and 4 out of the 6 tents in our group had POOLS of water in them. We stayed completely dry except for a little misting where the force of the rain had splashed up off the ground and up towards the netting - easily wiped away, though. I'll never forget what I saw as I unstaked and lifted out tent though - it wasn't rain that had flowed underneath us, but a sludge of mud and sand that started 30 feet up the hill from us, under us, then down another 50 feet or so. I had to carefully peel the groundsheet off the tent, as to not distribute the layer of mud gluing them together. But again, the RwaV kept us dry, comfortable, and has turned us both into MH fanatics. The RwaV turned what could have been a cold and miserable weekend into a a comfortable and happy one!!!!

Customer Service:
Love the overhead storage shelf! Very functional and out-of-the-way.

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  Reviewed by: Ryan Kane, a Backpacker from Minneapolis, MN USA
Date Reviewed: 7/10/2001 11:24:43 AM
 
 

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Out of the box (no seam sealing) this tent survived 1.5" of rain in a fairly low campground. I could feel a pretty substantial river flowing under the tent during the night, but none of that water entered. Excellent product. Easily set up quickly by one person.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Tim Bouchard, a Backpacker from Pembroke NH
Date Reviewed: 6/29/2001 2:06:03 PM
 
 

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great tent. Held up on top of Mt Franklin in 40-50 mph winds. Overall a great deal for the money.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Diann Oliver, a Day Hiker from College Station, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: 5/28/2001 3:41:13 PM
 
 

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I lived in this tent for two weeks in New Mexico, and it worked great. While camping in New Mexico, it stood up to 30-40 mph winds and dust associated with such winds. One great feature about this tent is that it's fly can be rolled up and down allowing ventilation during the night. It fits two people comfortably, with room for a couple of packs.
The only problem I had with the tent was its instructions, which were kinda hard to understand, but the tent is a breeze to put together once you figure out how (even in 30-40mph winds).
 

 
  Reviewed by: Jon Ormsby, a Backpacker from Indiana
Date Reviewed: 4/23/2001 1:16:10 PM
 
 

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This is a great two man tent. Very roomy, I've even slept three adults in it. The design is one of the best i've seen. I really like how your feet face the doorside. I think it should be considered a three and a half season. I've slept in 5 inches of snow and down to 5 degrees in this thing. The amount of mesh will let the cold air in, but a decent sleeping bag will take care of that. The vestibule is big enough faor pack, boots, what ever. I do wish the fly was polyester so it wouldn't stretch when wet(it doesn't that much), but i think all tent should use polyester flys. The ceiling window is nice, but will fog up in cooler temps. All-around I'd say this is one of the nicest tents on the market, and tough as hell.

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  Reviewed by: William, a Backpacker from State College, PA
Date Reviewed: 4/12/2001 6:05:03 AM
 
 

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Went on a weekend trip with two buddies. The three of us weatered a pretty intenze storm in this tent. Tent didn't leak at all and kept us dry through the night. Rain turned to snow and we woke up with four inches in the morning. Withstood heavy winds also. This is a great tent. Don't know much about the price, it was my friends tent.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Scott Cimaglio, a Backpacker from Gurnee, IL
Date Reviewed: 4/4/2001 8:29:03 PM
 
 

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I am very satifified. A bit expensive for my taste, but our first trip we pithed the tent in the rain at night with no problem. The three of us (two adults and one dog) slept dry and warm. Lots of features and roomy. The only beef I have is the lack or front door for privacy although with the rain fly there is plenty of ventilation.

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  Reviewed by: Brent Ward, a Backpacker from North Carolina
Date Reviewed: 2/24/2001 5:55:58 AM
 
 

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What a piece of crap! This tent leaks like a dripping faucet! Seam-sealed the tent three times after my initial purchase. After my fist ten-day backpacking trip, I was very dissappointed. That stupid window on top of the fly is a terrible design. Sent the tent back for a new one...Mountain Hardware sent me a new fly...same problems continuted!!! Wanted a refund...that was a joke! Sent the tent back for a third time and finally had to sell it used with a brand new fly. Big mistake on my part...I should have gone with my gut instincts and purchased a Sierra Designs!!!!

Customer Service:
terrible service. All they did was replace my fly three times and refused to give me a refund.

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Several North face tents!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Rick Kelley, a Backpacker from Harrisburg,PA,US
Date Reviewed: 2/19/2001 5:26:05 AM
 
 

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The quality and durability of this tent is excellent. The tent is light weight and carries well. I would make just a couple of changes in the next design and these are based on my personal preferences. 1.Increase storage by extending the fly for packs. 2. Find a way to effectively cover the window to block the sun in the morning.
This tent is highly recommended for small frame individuals of medium height. It's a bit cramped for two six footers. If I could do it over I would have purchased the three person version.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Benjamin Benninghoff, a Backpacker from Guelph, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: 2/14/2001 12:46:39 PM
 
 

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When it comes down to this tent, I believe this story pretty much somes up the quality and durability of the MH Room with a View tent. This is by no means an exagerration, and I will stand by this tent through it all. There was 80 - 100 m.p.h. gusts in the area that evening (in fact, several tornados touched down within 20 miles) and my friends and I were car camping for the weekend - due to a concert event!!! For several hours, the rain and wind battered our tent, as well as the hundred or so other tents in the area that stormy Wisconsin evening. You could hear many people frustrated and screaming about getting soaked or having their tents collapse and intermixed with the rumbles of thunder, car doors were opening and slamming shut (probably those individuals who found that their tent could not handle the deluge of rain. The next morning, as I awoke and peered out of this sturdy, bomb-shelter like tent, I viewed other tents scattered about. Suprisingly, I had even saw several tents dangling 20 ft. above in a maple tree. The Room with a View went through the storm unscathed. However, besides standing up to the challenge this frightful night, it works very well for the numerous multiple night trips that I take. Light, easily packed, sturdy, provides great ventilation, and allows you to view the stars at night...what more could you ask for??? In this case, you definatley pay for the quality.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Nick Anderson, a Backpacker from Lake Elmo Minnesota USA
Date Reviewed: 2/3/2001 6:38:09 AM
 
 

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I love the features this tent has to offer. It is to have windows that let in light and nice to have a back part of a fly that rolls up to get a great cross breeze on warm nights. The vestibule space is very nice, and the brow pole is one of the greatest in ventions. It is sweet to be able to have my door open, even when it is raining. Although I do not like how there fly does not cover the last three inches of my tent. I did have to coat my tent with a silicone spary to keep the water out. Overall, it is a really nice tent that has super features that even fit my picky needs. This is a great tent for anyone who needs a tent that is very stable, dry, and roomy.

Customer Service:
Well not with my tent, but I work for a retailer and I man had a problem with has tent and we called Mountain HardWear, and they were extremely helpful.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Ben Barnes, a Backpacker from Dalton GA
Date Reviewed: 1/25/2001 6:13:57 AM
 
 

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Nice tent. Stable, comfortable, dry, well designed - and incredibly well constructed. The bar tacks are amazing!
The tension shelf (a by- product of the brow pole) is definitely worthwile; it adds a surprising amount of storage space to the tent.
I can usually fit two days worth of clothes up there with room to spare.
This helps to free up the floor for the rest of your gear if you hate storing stuff outside, as I do.
By the way , the brow pole adds a measurable amount of stability to the structure while giving the vestibule an extended shelf to rest on- although it is a bit minimal.
The marginal vestibule space , combined with an equally not- generous doorway, make every entry somewhat of a contortionist experience.
And two rather lame features that border on gimmicky marketing: The windows in the fly, which can't be seen too clearly and allow too much light in when I'd rather sleep late and the stick - your - hand - out - the -door -when -it's -raining -and -roll-the -fly -down-feature.
Both of these features add unnecessary weight and complexity and should be killed.
Overall, a recommended buy.

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  Reviewed by: Ross Hager, a Backpacker from Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Date Reviewed: 1/23/2001 10:55:57 PM
 
 

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Although this tent is a little pricey, it is totally worth it. I took it on a very wet Boundary Waters/Quetico Park week long trip and everything inside and in the vestibule stayed bone dry. It also held up to some pretty stong winds in the Uinta mountains of Utah. I also like the extensive windows and the window on the fly, you can stargaze even with the fly on. Plenty of pockets inside to stash stuff also is a nice feature. The tent is a little on the heavy side, and the vestibule could be a little bigger, but I give this tent 2 thumbs up. The extra weight is worth carrying if I know it will stand up to a tough storm.

Customer Service:
No experience.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Bryan, a Backpacker from Wichita, KS
Date Reviewed: 1/18/2001 2:55:36 PM
 
 

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The Room with a View is a great tent if you like a tough tent with plenty of room and features. This tent is heavier than other models, but that extra weight is a blessing on those rainy, tent-bound days. The tent is designed perfectly for two people lying side-by-side. The floor plan flares near the shoulders, providing plenty of room for storing all of your necessary equipment inside of the tent. And if there is not enough floor space within the tent, the walls and ceiling are crawling with pockets that can hold everything. A truly innovative feature is the "Tension Shelf" which is located over the door and is like a real attic. It is also a very safe storage area because things will not get wet or stepped on up there. There is tons of mesh in the tent, which can make it breezy in winter conditions, but I've never had any problems. The pole structure and fly are very stable and wind/rain resistant. Especially now that the seams are taped, the tent is nearly perfect. The tent also goes up very quickly with the clips and sturdy poles (Easton 7075 series) (which I believe are much superior to sleeves - I've watched my friend struggle setting up the sleeves of a Kelty Cyclone 2. That tent definitely requires 2 people to set up while the Room with a View requires only 1). Another great feature is the ability to roll up the front of the tent to facilitate breezes into the tent. If it starts to rain, all you have to do is reach out and pull the fly down. Very convenient. The tent is very adjustable, all over. Everything on the tent has multiple options.
However, I have a few minor complaints. The first is that the door to the tent is rather small and requires some bending to fit in (I am 6'4"). However, this is an advantage because it prevents any water from getting anywhere close to the inner tent. I do not like the tents that have doors on the side for two reasons. First, to exit the tent, you must climb over your partner. Second, the open door leaves the whole side of the tent open to the elements, which is not good. The other complaint I had was the windows (2 of them). The look great on the showroom floor, but in the wilds they are generally useless. Yes they are very useful when something is happening right out the front door, but if it is anywhere else, you're out of luck. The overhead window allows a great view of the stars... if its not cloudy or you didn't camp under trees. However, the overhead window provides lots of light that really helps the interior of the tent seem nice and pleasant (especially in pounding thunderstorms). The vestibule is also rather limited in its space. It will easily store two bulky packs, but climbing over them to exit the tent becomes a chore. The vestibule can be used for either cooking or gear storage, but not both at the same time.
I would recommend this tent to 3-season backpackers who like a bombproof tent that has plenty of room. Those people must not mind shouldering an extra 1/2 to 1 pound.

Customer Service:
When I bought the tent, Mountain Hardwear did not seal the seams, leaving it up to the customer. However, I apparently did not do a good job and I was getting leaks in the tent. I sent the fly back to Mountain Hardwear and they checked it out. They said I missed some spots to seal and I could have fixed it myself, but to save me the trouble, they sent me a brand new, seam-sealed fly. In addition, I inadvertently chipped a pole, which they promptly replaced. All of my dealings with their repair department have been quick and courteous. Please note that none of the returns were Mountain Hardwear's fault, rather they were mine. This is why I will buy MH from now on, they take care of their customers.

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  Reviewed by: Stephen , a Backpacker from Decatur, AL USA
Date Reviewed: 12/26/2000 6:46:42 PM
 
 

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The Room with a view is a very wonderful tent! I have used Sierra Designs and North Face before buying the Mountain Hardwear. This Room With A View is a bit heavier than some tents but well worth the extra weight. For two people the Tent is large enought to put all our gear inside, which is what I prefer. In a total deluge of a rain storm there were no leaks at all(after seam sealing). I love the window in the rainfly! Got to watch some Russian Boars foraging in the Smokey Mountains through it, a lot better than wondering what they are doing. A good value and a great tent.

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  Reviewed by: Ricci Soto, a Day Hiker from Lincoln, NE
Date Reviewed: 9/21/2000
 
 

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This tent was a blessing on hot and humid Nebraska nights. All of the mesh provided a well-ventilated home with tons of space for two people and all of our stuff. If you plan to use it in late fall or early spring, make sure you have a warm bag, because all of that mesh doesn't keep the heat in when you want it. Clips make pitching the tent super fast and easy. I haven't had it in any bad rain storms yet, but for as much time as I had to spend sealing the rainfly, it had better not leak!
 

 
  Reviewed by: Josh, a Backpacker from Colorado Springs
Date Reviewed: 8/18/2000
 
 

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Fits my wife, two dogs, a cooler, our gear, myself and still enough room to move. Awesome!!! A bit heavy, but nonetheless a great tent. Keep in mind that the good designers from the ""old North Face"" shop now work for Mtn. Hardware...or so I've heard
 

 
  Reviewed by: Steve Laczo, a Backpacker from Wheaton Il USA
Date Reviewed: 4/26/2000
 
 

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This tent served me well throughout a six week long trek in Australia as well as a week long trip in Arizona. The tent has good headroom, floor layout, and the windows are nice. There are some other nice features such as the zip that allows you to pull down the rainfly from the inside if it starts raining. The tent is very sturdy in high wind and the rainfly works well providing you know how to seal it. My only problems are with ventilation (I'm sure they could have put a vent on top of the fly) and the vestibule which is small and next to useless if you can't get a stake in the ground.
 

 
  Reviewed by: Mark Edwards, a Backpacker from Biloxi, MS
Date Reviewed: 2/13/2000
 
 

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This is a very solid 3 season tent for 2 people who want to have plently of space and be comfortable. On the plus side: This tent has plenty of interior room, and lots of headspace. It is not crowded with 2 ""full size"" adults. A very comfortable tent. The ventalation is super, and there are lots of pockets in clever places to hold your glasses, etc. Especially usefull is the so called ""tension shelf"" right inside/over the inner door where you can stick a wet jacket, etc., if you don't want to leave it in the vestibule. The tent is very weathertight, at least through a couple of heavy thunderstorms. The clear window in the fly sheet is useful for checking the weather and letting in some light during rainy days. On the minus side: This tent is a real pain to seam seal, because of all the seams on the fly. The vestibule is too small to do anything other than keep your boots dry. It is also too heavy to consider lugging this tent without a partner to split the weight.

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