When I ordered this tent I thought it would be great. A 6' by 8' two person tent labeled as "great for backpacking." Unfortunately some things are too good to be true, so here is a list of pros and cons so you can make an informed decision before purchasing this tent.
1. Lots of space - 6' by 8' design leaves plenty of room for you and storage, and if you are rather tall guy like me then you know what it is like to be cramped in normal tents!
2. View and breathablility - The tent without the rainfly offers some great views and you don't feel like you are in a tent at all as it is almost entirely screened in.
3. Price - This tent is very affordable for 2 person tents and it seems durable and long lasting.
1. NOT FOR BACKPACKING
- Unless your idea of backpacking is parking the car and walking 100 yards into the woods then this is not the tent for you. Even with a large backpack you will be devoting almost half of your space to this tent, not to mention the 6-7 pound weight.
- The single pole design is also great but it requires you to use the stakes. In classic two pole tents, you can set up on almost any surface without having to worry about staking the tent to the ground; however, with this tent you must use the stakes to get the full dimensions of the tent. Although I recommend staking any tent, if you are using a tent just for sleeping under normal conditions, anyone can tell you the advantages to not having to worry about stakes on hard surfaces.
2. The rainfly
- Although the tent has some great pros without attaching the rainfly, putting it on can be a bear. Not to mention the fly is almost the same size and weight as the tent itself and it too requires stakes to be effective.
CONCLUSION: Don't purchase this tent with the presumption that you will be able to really backpack with it. The tent is great for a short hike, road trip, or concert but it is not for anyone that plans to go out for more than a day and still have room for any other gear. I would still recommend a classic two pole (although usually smaller size), easy to set up, small tent for any excursions. Besides, what kind of backpacker needs room for a queen size blow-up in his or her tent??? Good luck and I hope this helps