From Salem, OR
Sep 8, 2011
|got this tent and have only used it on a few trips including two Rainier attempts. Pro's are that's it's light (3lbs even without vestibule), it includes a vestibule with extra pole, and so far it's holding up well.
It includes a gear loft though you have to get creative if you want to hang a stove in there. I used to have the Sierra designs convert 2 that had a much better inside for stove use (both ventilation and hanging gear). That tent stripped was closer to 4lbs though and I wanted something lighter.
Another negative is that you can't set the poles up from inside. The sleeves may be a bit more stable but if the weather is bad it would be nice to set up from inside. The guy lines are also reflective wich is nice. Both front and rear opening have a stiffened wire brim that is nice if there is snow or rain. The material is quite breathable and is listed as a Waterproof breathable thin membrane but you need to still ventilate. I tried it one night with it zipped up completely at around 29 deg F at camp Muir and everything was wet by the middle of the night. I cracked the door just a little and by morning we were dry.
I still have yet to use the vestibule. I would say the first light tent is a better buy unless you wanted the vestibule then the price difference more appealing . The convert 2 tent though I would think could take much worse weather though.
Thought I would post as there is not too much info on this tent.
on the Kautz route on Rainier